Alexis Andrew Nicholas Koerner 19 April — 1 January , known professionally as Alexis Korner , was a British blues musician and radio broadcaster, who has sometimes been referred to as "a founding father of British blues ". One memory of his youth was listening to a record by black pianist Jimmy Yancey during a German air raid. Korner said, "From then on all I wanted to do was play the blues. His talent extended to playing mandolin on one of the tracks of this rare British EP , recorded in London on 28 July
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Alexis Andrew Nicholas Koerner 19 April — 1 January , known professionally as Alexis Korner , was a British blues musician and radio broadcaster, who has sometimes been referred to as "a founding father of British blues ".
One memory of his youth was listening to a record by black pianist Jimmy Yancey during a German air raid. Korner said, "From then on all I wanted to do was play the blues.
His talent extended to playing mandolin on one of the tracks of this rare British EP , recorded in London on 28 July Korner encouraged many American blues artists, previously virtually unknown in Britain, to perform at the London Blues and Barrelhouse Club, which he established with Davies at the Round House pub in Soho. Although Cyril Davies left the group in late , Blues Incorporated continued to record, with Korner at the helm, until While his one-time acolytes, the Rolling Stones and Cream , made the front pages of music magazines all over the world, Korner was relegated to the role of 'elder statesman'.
Playing with Alexis was very loose. Although Free At Last was short lived, Korner ensured its name lived on in part by christening another young group of aspiring musicians "Free". Korner was instrumental in the formation of the band in April and continued to mentor them until they secured a deal with Island Records.
Although he himself was a blues purist, Korner criticised better-known British blues musicians during the blues boom of the late s for their blind adherence to Chicago blues , as if the music came in no other form. Jimmy Page reportedly found out about a new singer, Robert Plant , who had been jamming with Korner, who wondered why Plant had not yet been discovered. Plant and Korner were recording an album with Plant on vocals until Page had asked him to join "the New Yardbirds ", a.
Led Zeppelin. Only two songs are in circulation from these recordings: "Steal Away" and "Operator". It was also used in the s on Radio Luxembourg for the Top 20 Singles chart.
This was the period of Korner's greatest commercial success in the UK. In the mids, while touring Germany, Korner established an intensive working relationship with bassist Colin Hodgkinson who played for the support act Back Door.
In the s, Korner's main career was in broadcasting. In , for Korner's 50th birthday, an all-star concert was held featuring many of his above-mentioned friends, as well as Eric Clapton , Paul Jones , Chris Farlowe , Zoot Money and others, which was later released as The Party Album , and as a video.
In , Korner joined another "supergroup", Rocket 88 , a project led by Ian Stewart based on boogie-woogie keyboard players, which featured a rhythm section comprising Jack Bruce and Charlie Watts , among others, as well as a horn section. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.
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The Day ‘Founder of British Blues’ Alexis Korner Died
Without Alexis Korner , there still might have been a British blues scene in the early s, but chances are that it would have been very different from the one that spawned the Rolling Stones , nurtured the early talents of Eric Clapton , and made it possible for figures such as John Mayall to reach an audience. One of the most vivid memories of his teen years was listening to a record of bluesman Jimmy Yancey during a German air raid. After the war, Korner started playing piano and then guitar, and in he tried playing electric blues, but didn't like the sound of the pick-ups that were then in use, and returned to acoustic playing. Among those whom Korner crossed paths with during this era was Cyril Davies , a guitarist and harmonica player. The two found their interests in American blues completely complementary, and in they began making the rounds of the jazz clubs as an electric blues duo. They started the London Blues and Barrelhouse Club, where, in addition to their own performances, Korner and Davies brought visiting American bluesmen to listen and play.
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated
Queensway, between the West End and Notting Hill, is a comfortable family area, not the place for superstars to live. Sitting on a plastic sack filled with foam particles in the living room of his maisonette, Alexis Korner looks like he invented the better end of Kings Road. Clothes and furniture are the only flash images Korner allows himself. His two boys, Damien and Nicholas, join in the conversation, very self-possesed and charming. The night before, Alexis had played a solo date at the concert hall in Bristol.