|Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated|
Years: 1961 - 1966
Styles: Blues Rock, Rhythm and Blues
Charlie Watts - Drums (in band: 1961 - 1962)
Cyril Davies - Harmonica, Vocals (in band: 1961 - 1963)
Long John Baldry - Vocals (in band: 1961 - 1963)
Jack Bruce - Bass Guitar (in band: 1961 - 1963)
Dick Heckstall-Smith - Backing vocals, Tenor saxophone (in band: 1961 - 1965)
Alexis Korner - Acoustic guitar , Bouzouki , Guitar, Lead guitar, Vocals (in band: 1961 - 1966)
Vernon Bown - Double bass
Johnny Parker - Piano
Malcolm Cecil - Bass Guitar (in band: 1961)
Keith Scott - Piano (in band: 1962)
Spike Heatley - Double bass (in band: 1962)
Graham Burbridge - Drums (in band: 1962)
Teddy Wadmore - Bass Guitar (in band: 1962)
Big Jim Sullivan - Backing vocals (in band: 1962)
Ginger Baker - Drums (in band: 1962 - 1963)
Art Wood - Vocals (in band: 1963)
Graham Bond - Saxophone (in band: 1963)
Herbie Goins - Vocals (in band: 1964)
Dave Castle - Alto saxophone (in band: 1964)
Malcom Saul - Organ (in band: 1964)
Ron Edgeworth - Organ, Piano (in band: 1964)
Barry Houghton - Drums (in band: 1964)
Duffy Power - Harmonica, Vocals (in band: 1964)
Art Themen - Alto saxophone, Tenor saxophone (in band: 1964 - 1965)
Mike Scott - Bass Guitar, Double bass, Drums (in band: 1964 - 1965)
Danny Thompson - Bass Guitar, Double bass (in band: 1964 - 1967)
Phil Seamen - Drums (in band: 1965)
Alan Skidmore - Tenor saxophone (in band: 1966)
Chris Pyne - Trombone (in band: 1966)
Terry Cox - Drums (in band: 1966)
When Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated was formed in London in 1961, there was not much of a British blues scene to speak of. Korner formed Blues Incorporated with his longtime collaborator, Cyril Davies, who like Korner, loved American blues. Blues Incorporated became the first amplified British blues band.
In addition to Korner on guitar and Cyril Davies on a mean harmonica, the band included Long John Baldry on vocals, Charlie Watts on drums, Jack Bruce on bass, Dick Heckstall-Smith on saxophone. Though these were generally the core members of the band, Alexis Korner’s intention was for membership in the band to be somewhat flexible, with various comings and goings. They became a resident band at the important Marquee Club, which lead to them signing a contract with Decca records. The first record they recorded with Decca was R&B from the Marquee – but ironically, it’s a studio album that was actually recorded at Decca Studio.
"R&B from the Marquee" isn’t just an archaeological relic for those interested in the history of (British) blues, but is truly a thrilling, moving album that hits hard and should appeal to both casual and hardcore blues fans alike. Yes, it’s historical location enhances its mystique, but don’t be fooled. This album is all about great music.
That year Korner and Davies established a regular "Rhythm and Blues Night" at the Ealing Jazz Club. This brought together many more fans of blues and R&B music including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Rod Stewart, Paul Jones, John Mayall, Zoot Money and Jimmy Page, some of whom would occasionally sit in on Blues Incorporated performances. Watts left the group around this time to join the Rolling Stones and suggested Ginger Baker as his replacement.
Early in 1963 Davies disagreed with Korner's intention to add a brass section to the band and turn more towards jazz than blues. Joined by Baldry he left to form his own group, the Cyril Davies All-Stars, and was replaced by Graham Bond. Blues Incorporated found a new residency at the Flamingo club, but shortly afterwards Bond, Bruce and Baker left to form the Graham Bond Organisation.
Blues Incorporated concentrated on live work rather than recording.: the group only released two singles on Parlophone, "I Need Your Loving" / "Please Please Please" (1964) and "Little Baby" / "Roberta" (1964). In 1965 they released the LPs "At The Cavern" and "Red Hot From Alex", with American Herbie Goins as lead singer and Danny Thompson, later of Pentangle, on bass. In June 1965 Blues Incorporated released "Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated". By the time of the group's last album "Sky High" (credited to Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated) in 1966, the group included Duffy Power on vocals. Korner dissolved the group in 1966.
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