‘Help Me’ goes from blues to alt-rock

Sonny Boy Williamson’s career had a wide range. He played with Robert Johnson in the 1930’s and with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page in the 1960’s. His ability to span eras is a testament to the timelessness of his voice and harmonica. Sonny Boy Williamson recorded “Help Me” in 1963,

‘Mercy, Mercy’ and young Hendrix showcase the rhythm in R&B

This song emphasizes the “rhythm” in “rhythm & blues.” “Mercy, Mercy” or “Have Mercy” was recorded by Don Covay in 1964. It features 22-year-old Jimi Hendrix on guitar. He’s still a few years away from his own solo career, but his guitar playing is recognizable. After his stint in the

Graham Dechter

Graham Dechter: Youth steeped in tradition.  December 10, 2012.

Just a ‘Spoonful’ of blues … and the rest is history

It’s a modern blues standard with roots in the 1920’s, one of Willie Dixon’s many great compositions, and it can trace its origin in part to a Charlie Patton song from 1929: “A Spoonful Blues.” In 1960 Howlin’ Wolf recorded “Spoonful,” a track many consider one of the defining songs