It’s Tuesday Bluesday Here in The Mermaid Lounge With Jimmy Reed, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, and Dusty Springfield, November 2, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We have a fine line-up today, but it does involve some explaining! Hey, this is why we write this blog every morning, come hell or high water (as my mother would say).

John Mayall, The Godfather of British Blues

Here’s today’s line-up:

Remember, kids, the devil is in the details!

11:00 a.m. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Live in 1967

These great archival recordings feature one of the best Bluesbreakers line-up ever, with John Mayall (vocal, keyboards, harmonica), Peter Green (lead guitar), John McVie (bass) and Mick Fleetwood (drums). This iteration of The Bluesbreakers were only together for about three months, but one die-hard fan managed to sneak a reel-to-reel recorder into five London venues to capture this music history. While these one-track files have been engineered a bit, please keep in mind that this is 1967 and, although a bit rough, this is genuine music history.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Dusty in Memphis by Dusty Springfield

Our second airing of this great Album of The Week choice. Although this album sold poorly when released, it is recognized by the critics as one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Jimmy Reed NEW!

Jimmy Reed is one of the most underrated bluesmen of his generation, but one thing is for certain: His particular style of electric blues was popular with both blues and non-blues audiences. His hits Honest I Do (1957), Baby What You Want Me To Do (1960), Big Boss Man (1961) and Bright Lights, Big City (1961) made it to both Billboards rhythm & blues and Hot 100 Singles charts. This Spotlight feature is taken from the Live at Carnegie Hall album set, which is basically a studio recreation of a past live concert, along with some of his greatest hits. We thought this would make a great way to introduce some folks to a guy who may have fallen through their blues cracks.

Come on, blues lovers! This is your day here in The Mermaid Lounge, and you would be greatly remiss in allowing this one to pass you by. Join your friends from Netherlands, Russian Federation, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Texas (yes, Texas), the Faroe Islands and points beyond this morning. What are you waiting for?

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