[ Yardbirds ]

A Lighter Shade Of Blue.

“Shapes Of Things”
w/ Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page (guitars)
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1966Blow Up (movie)

The Yardbirds with Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck make a performance in the 1966, murder mystery, set in London.

“Heart Full Of Soul”
w/ Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page (guitars)
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Eric Clapton (Cream)
Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
Jeff Beck (Group w/Rod Stewart, Beck Bogert & Appice, Superstition w/Stevie Wonder, Blow by Blow, w/Mick Jagger (Primitive Cool) w/Roger Waters (Amused To Death) w/David Bowie … The Highest Flying Yardbird.
Peter Green (John Mayall / Fleetwood Mac )
Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown / Foghat)
Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy)

Eric Clapton (Cream)
Wheels Of Fire
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— Vg

The Yardbirds is known as the first of the British Invasion bands, credited with making the electric guitar the dominant instrument in Rock N Roll, without argument, considering Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck were the band’s guitarists.

BLUE-EYED BLUES —Duane Allman, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Herring, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Taz Niederauer. Taz (Eat A Peach)

Recognizing Eric Clapton’s guitar, Rolling Stone (Magazine) ranked “Crossroads” number three on its list of the “Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.”

—Rolling Stone


1936 — “Cross Road Blues” (“Crossroads“) is a song written and recorded by Robert Johnson, the original Bluesman who made a life-changing Deal With the Devil at the Mississippi Delta Crossroads for which the song is named. Johnson always played it alone (solo), singing along with his slide guitar. His playing was the birth of what became known as the Delta Blues. The song is the source of the Robert Johnson mythology, telling that the (Mississippi) Crossroads is the place where he sold his soul to the Devil, in exchange for his virtuosity.

1937 — FDR, Hindenburg, Ohio River Flood, Howard Hughes, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Amelia Earhart disappears after leaving Miami.

[1938] 1938 IN AMERICA

1939 — Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Adolph Hitler, Pan American Airways Boeing 314 flying boat Yankee Clipper inaugurates the world’s first heavier-than-air North Atlantic air passenger service, between the United States (Port Washington, New York) and Britain. Mahatma Gandhi writes a personal letter to Adolf Hitler from India, addressing him as “My friend,” requesting he prevent war. The Einstein–Szilard letter is signed by Albert Einstein, advising President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt of the potential use of uranium to construct an Atomic Bomb. It is delivered on October 11 and leads to the first meeting on October 21 of the Advisory Committee on Uranium. Gone with the Wind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

1940 — Rock N Roll Stew. Many say the genre originated in African-American music, and there certainly are a long list of black players to think that might be true. But then there are those who might say Ludwig Van Beethoven, Niccolo Paganini, Woody Herman, Glenn Miller, and so many unknown Hillbillies, all made contributions to the evolving concoction. And for all the talk and hypothesis regarding no one can deny the importance influence of the entire African Continent, from where the original idea of rhythmic sound was had.

“Over The Hills And Far Away”
Led Zeppelin
Houses Of The Holy

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 Songcatcher (2000)

“Mountain Jam”
Musicologist — Doctor Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer) has been denied a promotion in the male-dominated music department of the university where she teaches. Frustrated and determined to get her academic due, she heads to Appalachia with nothing more than a recording device, curiosity, and a determination to document the story of Appalachia Mountain Music.

When The Mountains Cry”
Appalachian Hills” b/ Driftwood Fire


Same Sex. Different Genre.
Everything is Fusion, Or Fusion Is Nothing At All.

Rock N Roll music originated in the 1940s, when mass communication was the radio, and music was no longer bound by its Country, Region, State, or Neighborhood. You could be sitting in Jamaica Queens, New York City, in your bedroom, listening to sounds that before radio were only heard in a Mississippi Juke. JazzRhythm and BluesBoogie-WoogieGospelJumpCountry, Western, Folk, and Swing … All were colliding in a most musical way. It was the radio that seeded the field from which Rock N GrollWhile Rock N Roll’s musical foundation can be heard as far back as 1920s Blues and 1930s Country, the name (“Rock N Roll”) wasn’t used until 1954.

1941 Pearl Harbor (Dec. 7, 1941), The Maltese Falcon, 1941 (Movie)



1944 D-Day Normandy Invasion (June 6, 1944), The Longest Day (Movie) 1962

1945 Iwo Jima, VE Day (May 8, 1945), Japan Surrenders, Adolf Hitler commits suicide …


1947 Chuck Yeager Breaks The Sound Barrier


1949 NATO, NBA, Harry S. Truman, Neptune Moon, George Orwell‘s  Nineteen Eighty-Four is published in London, October 1 – The People’s Republic of China is officially proclaimed, Neptune’s Daughter (Esther Williams)

Saturday Night Fish Fry
Louis Jordan
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— William P. Gottleib

Before They Called It Rock N Roll

1950 Louis Jordan‘s raucous recordings were notable for going beyond their instrumental virtuosity, and for the story telling quality of his lyrics. It’s Jordan’s voice that took his Rhythm and Blues to the next level (Rock N Roll). Saturday Night Fish Fry, is a two-part 1950 hit that was split across both sides of a 78-rpm record. It was one of the first popular songs to use the word “rocking” in the chorus and to feature a distorted electric guitar. Many describe “Saturday Night Fish Fry” (and others by Jordan)as “jump blues,” because, as NPR said, “It literally made listeners jump to its pulsing beat.” 

Later, Chuck Berry later admitted to copying the song’s double-string electric guitar riff.

Jordan is described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as “The Father of Rhythm & Blues” and “The Grandfather of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” 

When inducting Jordan into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, the Hall wrote that “Saturday Night Fish Fry” is an early example of rap and possibly the first rock and roll recording.”
Louis Prima (New Orleans)

Rock N Roll Cometh:  The first genre, after Jazz, born in the United States. As Jazz, Swing, and Blues integrated, there were always those individuals, whose personal passion and soul energized the music being played, whatever an appreciative audience wanted to call it.


— Time Magazine

Sam Phillips said that Rock N Roll was “specifically tailored to teenagers,” but not all agreed. Jordan was an early idol of both Chuck Berry and Bill Haley, who understood that his jump ‘n’ jive songs and hillbilly inspired, comic stories were aimed at adults as much as toward impressionable teenagers.

The Black & White Of It All
“Hound Dog” — First, Big Mama Thornton, second (Made For TV), Elvis Presley. Pat Boone, Little (“I invented color light bulbs”) Richard. The early Rock N Roll Template was built in a time and place in America that was divided socially, more than it was musically. Green Book, Motown Tour (London: Jack Bruce w/Marvin Gaye, Jeff Beck w/Stevie Wonder) Billy Preston w/The Beatles/Rolling Stones.
Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Big Joe Turner, Bill Haley & His Comets, Lewis, Richie Valens, Link Ray, Gene Vincent, 

1951 — Cleveland-based disc jockey Alan Freed began playing this music style while popularizing the term “Rock N Roll” on mainstream radio.


By the time Alan Freed started using the term “Rock N Roll” to describe Rhythm and Blues, the sexual content had been dialed down enough that it became an acceptable term for dancing.” —BBC

Freed was the first radio disc jockey and concert producer who frequently played and promoted Rock and Roll, including songs by black artists that were considered R&B. Since, various recordings dating back to the 1940s have been called the first Rock and Roll records.

1952 —

1953 —

“Shake, Rattle, and Roll”
Big Joe Turner
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— vg.

According to songwriter Doc Pomus, “Rock N Roll” would have never happened without Kansas City, Missouri’s Joseph Vernon “Big Joe” Turner Jr. Turner’s biggest claim to fame was his producing in the 1950s, what were called the first Rock N Roll records ever made. Especially “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” a highlight of his career that had stretched from the 1920s into the 1980s. In 1987, Turner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, calling him “The Brawny Voiced ‘Boss of the Blues.'”

1954 — Big Joe Turner “Shake Rattle and Roll”
Shake, Rattle and Roll” is a song, written in 1954 by Jesse Stone (usually credited as Charles Calhoun, his songwriting name). The original recording by Big Joe Turner is ranked number 127 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  
Elmore James revived the song with recordings in 1954 and 1960. National Negro Network, USS Nautilus, is launched in Groton, Connecticut, by First Lady of the United States Mamie Eisenhower. White Christmas, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Caine Mutiny, The Glenn Miller Story


1955 — Bo Diddley (Ed Sullivan)


— Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Guitarist Scotty Moore  formed The Blue Moon BoysElvis Presley‘s backing band, in 1954, and recorded and toured with “The King” until 1968.
Scotty Moore
Carl Perkins
Roy Clark
Glen Campbell

1956 — Elvis Presley‘s first Ed Sullivan Show appearance. The first episodes of As the World Turns and The Edge of Night are broadcast on the CBS Television Network. Around The World In 80 Days, My Fair Lady, NBC Peacock logo debuts, Video Tape Introduced, he Huntley-Brinkley Report debuts, Around The World In 80 Days

1957 —

1958 — NASA



“You’re Sixteen”
Johnny Burnette
1960 —
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Devon Live

You’re Sixteen,” a song written by the Sherman Brothers (Robert and Richard), was first performed by American rockabilly singer Johnny Burnette, whose version peaked at number eight on the US Billboard Chart (1960). Ringo Starr ‘s cover (1973) reached number one.

1961 — ALAN SHEPARD (May 5, 1961) First American In Space

1962 — JOHN GLENN (Feb. 20, 1962) Orbits Earth, Cuban Missile Crisis, “We Choose To Go To The Moon.”

1963 — JFK Assassination (Nov. 22, 1963), Please Please Me (The Beatles’ first album)

1964 — The Beatles Hard Day’s Night (Movie / Album)

1965 — GEMINI 4 (Ed White Space Walk)

1966 — Eric Clapton was still with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, when he adapted Robert Johnson’s “Crossroad Blues” for a recording session he did with a group of musicians he and Elektra Records producer Joe Boyd assembled. The band was called Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse, and included Steve Winwood on vocals, Clapton on guitar, Jack Bruce on bass guitar, Paul Jones on harmonica, Ben Palmer on piano, and Pete York on drums for the project. Boyd recalled that he and Clapton reviewed potential songs; Clapton wanted to record Albert King‘s Crosscut Saw, but Boyd preferred to adapt older Blues. Turning their attention to Robert Johnson, Boyd proposed “Crossroads,” and Clapton chose Traveling Riverside Blues.”


“Train Kept A Rollin'”
1966 —
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Blow Up (movie)

The Yardbirds (w/Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck) play “Train Kept A Rollin'” in a London nightclub, a scene in “Blow Up,” a murder mystery (movie) set in London, England.

“Dazed And Confused”
w/ Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page (guitars)
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— getty

Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple / Rainbow)
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Brian May (Queen)
Peter Frampton (Humble Pie)

[1967] Summer of Love (Haight-Ashbury)
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Robin Trower (Procol Harem)

[1968] — Apollo 8, Assassinations, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Vietnam, Voodoo Chile, Electric Ladyland, Jimi Hendrix

[1969] — Apollo 11, Woodstock, Bitches Brew

[1970]Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath (Earth), Deep Purple
[1971]All in the Family, Pentagon Papers
[1973]Pink Floyd Dark Side of The Moon






Robert Johnson

Lonnie Johnson
Joe Pass
Andres Segovia
Wes Montgomery
Django Rheinhardt
Elizabeth Cotten
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Odetta Holmes
Joan Armatrading
Tracy Chapman
Esperanza Spalding
Meshell Ndegeocello
Lianne La Havas
Ani DiFranco
Kaki King
Michelle Shocked

Electric Guitar: Instrument Of Change
Eric Clapton (Cream)
Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
Jeff Beck (Group w/Rod Stewart, Beck Bogert & Appice, Superstition w/Stevie Wonder, Blow by Blow, w/Mick Jagger (Primitive Cool) w/Roger Waters (Amused To Death) w/David Bowie … The Highest Flying Yardbird.
Peter Green (John Mayall / Fleetwood Mac )
Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown / Foghat)
Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy)

Jimi Hendrix
Duane Allman

Carlos Santana
Eddie Hazel
Frank Zappa
Larry Coryell

Robert Fripp
Adrian Belew

Return to Forever
Bill Connors
Earl Klugh — Gold-Top Gibson Les Paul Guitar used while playing with Return To Forever (1975), between Bill Connors and Al Di Meola. (Vernon’s Guitars)
Al Di Meola

Miles Davis Guitars
John McLaughlin
Pete Cosey
Robben Ford
Mike Stern

Steely Dan Guitars
Donald Fagen (keys)
Walter Becker (guitar)

Elliott Randall (“Reelin’ In The Years”)
Jeff “Skunk” Baxter

Denny Dias
Dean Parks
Hugh McCracken
Jay Graydon
Mark Knopfler
Rick Derringer
Larry Carlton
Steve Khan
Ray Gomez
George Benson
Lee Ritenour
Eric Gale
Cornell Dupree
John Tropea
Joe Satriani
Steve Vai
Eric Johnson
Steve Morse
Jimmy Herring (Aquarium Rescue Unit/Project Z)
Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers/Dickey Betts & Great Southern )
Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule/Allman Brothers)
Derek Trucks (Allman Brothers/Tedesci Trucks Band)
Eric Gales
Allan Holdsworth
Frank Gambale
Steve Stevens
Stevie Salas
Richie Kotzen
John Abercrombie

Jan Akkerman
Jan Akkerman is a Dutch guitarist who  found international critical, commercial, and popular  success with the band Focus, which he co-founded with Thijs van Leer. After leaving Focus, he continued as a solo artist, moving toward the more experimental, instrumental, sounds of Fusion.

Phil Manzanera
Phil Manzanera is an English guitarist, songwriter and record producer. He is the lead guitarist with Roxy Music, and was the lead guitarist with 801, and Quiet Sun. In 2006, Manzanera co-produced David Gilmour‘s album On an Island, and played in Gilmour’s band for tours in Europe and North America. He wrote and presented a series of 14 one-hour radio programmes for station Planet Rock entitled The A-Z of Great Guitarists.

Janne Schaffer
Janne Schaffer is a Swedish songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for his work as a session guitarist for ABBA but he has also recorded with artists such as Bob MarleyJohnny NashArt Farmer and Tony Williams. He also played at the 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival.His 1979 album Earmeal included session work from brothers JeffSteve and Mike Porcaro, as well as their father, Joe Porcaro. This is one of the few instances where the entire Porcaro family appears together on one album, the most well-known examples being Toto’s Toto IV and The Seventh One.

Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple / Rainbow)
Robin Trower (Procol Harem)
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Brian May (Queen)
Peter Frampton (Humble Pie)
Steve Howe (Yes)
Martin Barre (Jethro Tull)
Ronnie Montrose (Edgar Winter Group)
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
Ted Nugent (Amboy Dukes)
Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)

Scotty Moore
Carl Perkins
Roy Clark
Glen Campbell

T-Bone Walker
Johnny Winter
Eric Johnson
Darrell Dimebag (Pantera)

Buddy Guy
B.B. King
Clarence Gatemouth Brown
Ry Cooder
David Lindley
Waddy Watchell
Sonny Landreth



[1951]Train Kept A Rollin’” b/Tiny Bradshaw