Blues Rock Origins, the Birth of a Legendary Genre – Pt. 2

Although both blues and rock have shared common characteristics throughout history, blues-rock is a distinct genre whose birth dates back to the 1960s and still captivates fans around the world.

This genre, originally British, was developed with the formation of musical groups by artists such as Alexis Korner and John Mayall, and several bands such as Free, Savoy Brown and the initial formations of Fleetwood Mac; and other American interpreters such as Johnny Winter, Paul Butterfield, and Canned Heat that also were pioneers of this genre.

Jimi Hendrix, with his revolutionary and innovative musical style when it comes to playing electric blues, and especially his album “Band Of Gypsys”, greatly influenced the development of blues rock. Continue reading to learn more about the greatest exponents of the beginnings of this musical genre.

Blue Cheer

Blue Cheer is the only band on this list that isn’t part of the called British Invasion. Actually, this was an American hard rock band, originally from San Francisco, California formed in 1966. They were pioneers of the sound that in the 90s would be known as stoner rock, for the peculiarly tuning of their instruments, but they are especially recognized and remembered by being cited by different media as the band that gave rise to heavy metal, even before Black Sabbath.

Cream

Cream was a power trio of rock founded in London, in 1966 by bassist and vocalist Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker on the drums, and as guitarist and singer Eric Clapton. Its sound was characterized by being a hybrid of blues, psychedelic rock, and pop.

They also are often considered the first successful supergroup and despite having been active for only two years, has sold more than fifteen million copies worldwide. The band had a significant impact on the popular music of the time and, together with Jimi Hendrix, popularized the use of the wah-wah pedal.

Despite their short career, Cream has actually influenced a considerable number of later groups, and has been included in Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Artists of All Time“. In 2006, the trio received an honorary Grammy in recognition of their artistic career.

The Doors

The Doors was an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles (California), in July of the year 1965 and dissolved in 1973. Together with Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd, it became one of the greatest exponents of the psychedelia of the 60s. The group is considered one of the most influential in the history of rock.

Although The Doors’ career ended by 1973, its popularity has remained till our days. According to the RIAA, they have sold 32.5 million certified units only in the United States. The band has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones is a British rock band originally from London. The band was founded in April 19622 by Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ian Stewart, and Dick Taylor. Guitarist Geoff Bradford and drummer Mick Avory supported them in their first rehearsals, while drummers Tony Chapman and Carlo Little played in their early performances.

After the departure of Taylor in December of 1962, the bass player, Bill Wyman entered on his place and in January of 1963, the drummer Charlie Watts joins to the crew. At the request of the band manager, Stewart was removed from the lineup in 1963, although he continued collaborating with the band as a road manager.

Brian Jones was fired in 1969, dying shortly after, being replaced by guitarist Mick Taylor, who would leave the group in 1975 and be replaced by Ron Wood.