This is Soub's fault!
He offered Sonny Boy Williamson the other day and I have been listening to the Blues ever since! I am so lucky that this was the music that influenced my generation so much. The Beatles, based in Liverpool, had family and friends who worked as stewards and the like on liners taking the rich back and forth across the Atlantic. These brought back Jazz, Blues, and Rock & Roll records which influenced the youth learning to play their music. Picked up from Radio Luxembourg, once upon a time the only way to hear decent pop music, similar types in the rest of the country wanted more! Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and others influenced so many people in Britain while being almost unknown to the major Radio & Tv stations in the US. Their sin was to be black and play music not acceptable to the genteel white folks who controlled America.
Young Americans however were listening also. Up in Duluth Bob Dylan, then known as Zimmerman, was annoying folks with music influenced by what he had heard, a great many others were like him. The arrival of the Beatles allowed them to develop their music as an audience was ready and waiting for them.
Today black Americans (now called Afro-Americans) prefer to ignore Blues music and for reasons no sane person sould possibly understand they find life through Rap! A type of music that misses out the appropriately placed letter 'C.' Shame on them!
How I wish I could play guitar like these guys could. Max found one man who could play like they!