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Alexis Korner

Background information
Birth name Alexis Andrew Nicholas Korner
Also known as "Father of British Blues"
Born April 19, 1928(1928-04-19)
Origin Paris, France
Died January 1, 1984 (aged 55)
Genre(s) Blues
Occupation(s) Musician
Songwriter
Historian
Broadcaster
Instrument(s) Guitar
Piano
Vocals
Associated
acts
Blues Incorporated
C. C. S.
Notable instrument(s)
Guitar/Vocals

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Korner is probably best remembered as "the Founding Father of British Blues" and a pioneering blues musician. A major influence on the sound of the British music scene in the 1960s[1], Korner was instrumental in bringing together various English blues musicians. Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that most often follows a twelve-bar structure. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem specific to England — the anthem of the United Kingdom is God Save the Queen. See also Proposed English National Anthems. ...

Contents

Early career

Alexis Korner was born to an Austrian father and Greek mother[2], and spent his childhood in France, Switzerland, and North Africa. He arrived in London in 1940 at the start of the Second World War. One memory of his youth was listening to a record by Jimmy Yancey during a German air raid. He said, "From then on all I wanted to do was play the blues."[3] North Africa is the Mediterranean, northernmost region of the African continent, separated by the Sahara from Sub-Saharan Africa. ... German soldiers at the Battle of Stalingrad World War II was the most extensive and costly armed conflict in the history of the world, involving the great majority of the worlds nations, being fought simultaneously in several major theatres, and costing tens of millions of lives. ... James Edwards Jimmy Yancey (c. ...


After the war, he played piano and guitar, and in 1949 joined Chris Barber's Jazz Band where he met blues harmonica player Cyril Davies. They started playing together as a duo, formed the influential London Blues and Barrelhouse Club in 1955, and made their first record together in 1957. Korner brought many American blues artists, previously unknown in England, to perform. Administrators, remember to check if anything links here, the page history (last edit) and any revisions of CSD before deleting. ... Cyril Davies All-Stars:L-R: Nicky Hopkins, Cyril Davies, Carlo Little, Rick Brown, Bernie Watson Cyril Davies (1932 - January 7, 1964) was a British harmonica player and blues musician. ...


The 1960s

In 1961, Korner and Davies formed Blues Incorporated, initially a loose-knit group of musicians with a shared love of electric blues and R&B music. The group included, at various times, such influential musicians as Charlie Watts, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Long John Baldry, Graham Bond, Danny Thompson and Dick Heckstall-Smith. It also attracted a wider crowd of mostly younger fans, some of whom occasionally performed with the group, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Rod Stewart, John Mayall and Jimmy Page. One story is that the Rolling Stones went to stay at Korner's house late one night, in the early 1960s, after a performance. They entered in the accepted way, by climbing in through the kitchen window, to find Muddy Waters' band sleeping on the kitchen floor. Blues Incorporated was a British R&B band in the early 1960s, which was led by Alexis Korner and which featured at various times such musicians as Jack Bruce, Charlie Watts, Ginger Baker, Long John Baldry, Danny Thompson, Graham Bond, Cyril Davies, and Dick Heckstall-Smith. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Charles Robert Charlie Watts (born 2 June 1941) is the drummer of The Rolling Stones. ... John Symon Asher Jack Bruce (born May 14, 1943) is a Scottish-born musician, composer and singer. ... Peter Edward Ginger Baker (born August 19, 1939, Lewisham, South London) is an English drummer and singer who gained fame as a member of the Graham Bond Organisation (GBO) and Cream from 1966 until 1968. ... John William Baldry, popularly known as Long John Baldry, (January 12, 1941 – July 21, 2005) was a pioneering blues singer from England. ... Graham John Clifton Bond (28 October 1937 in Romford, Essex, England – 8 May 1974 at Finsbury Park station, Finsbury Park, North London, England) was an English musician, considered a founding father of the English rhythm and blues boom of the 1960s. ... Daniel Henry Edward Danny Thompson (born 4 April 1939) is an English double bass player. ... Dick Heckstall-Smith (September 16, 1934 – December 17, 2004) was a British jazz and blues saxophonist. ... Michael Phillip Mick Jagger CBE (born July 26, 1943) is an English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman. ... Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English guitarist, songwriter, singer and a founding member of The Rolling Stones in 1962. ... Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones (28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969) was a founding member, guitarist and backing singer in the English rock group, The Rolling Stones. ... Roderick David Stewart, CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a Scottish singer and songwriter born and raised in London. ... For the photographer, see John Jabez Edwin Mayall. ... James Patrick Jimmy Page, OBE (born 9 January 1944) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. ... McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the Father of Chicago blues. He is also the actual father of blues musician Big Bill Morganfield. ...

See main article : Blues Incorporated

Although Cyril Davies left the group in 1963, Blues Incorporated continued to record, with Korner at the helm, until 1966. However, by that time its originally stellar line-up and crowd of followers had mostly left to start their own bands. "While his one-time acolytes the Rolling Stones and Cream made the front pages of music magazines all over the world, Korner was relegated to the role of "elder statesman.""[4] Blues Incorporated was a British R&B band in the early 1960s, which was led by Alexis Korner and which featured at various times such musicians as Jack Bruce, Charlie Watts, Ginger Baker, Long John Baldry, Danny Thompson, Graham Bond, Cyril Davies, and Dick Heckstall-Smith. ... The Rolling Stones are an English band whose blues, rhythm and blues and rock and roll-infused music became popular during the British Invasion in the early 1960s. ... Cream were a 1960s British rock band, which consisted of guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. ...


Although he himself was a blues purist - Korner criticised better-known British blues musicians, during the blues boom of the late '60s, for their blind adherence to Chicago blues, as if the music came in no other form - he liked to surround himself with jazz musicians and often performed with a horn section drawn from a pool which included, among others, saxophone players Art Themen, Mel Collins, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Dick Morrissey, John Surman and trombonist Mike Zwerin. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... In a symphony orchestra the horn section is the group of musicians who play the horn (sometimes referred to as the French horn). ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family. ... Art Themen (b. ... Melvyn Desmond Mel Collins (b. ... Richard Edwin Dick Morrissey (May 9, 1940, Horley, Surrey - November 8, 2000, Deal, Kent) was a British jazz musician and composer. ... John Douglas Surman (born on 30 August 1944 in Tavistock, England), is a jazz saxophone, clarinet and synthesizer player. ... A trombonist is a musician who plays the trombone. ...


In the 1960s Korner began a media career, initially as a show business interviewer and then on ITV's Five O'Clock Club, a children's TV show. He also wrote about blues for the music papers, and continued his performing career especially in Europe. While touring Scandinavia he first joined forces with singer Peter Thorup, together forming the band New Church, who were one of the support bands at the Rolling Stones Free Concert at Hyde Park on 5 July 1969. Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... Scandinavia is a historical and geographical region centered on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe which includes the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. ... is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ...


It is said that Jimmy Page found out about a new singer, Robert Plant, who had been jamming with Korner, who wondered why Plant had not yet been discovered. Plant, Korner, and Steve Miller were in the process of recording a full album with Plant on vocals until Page had asked him to join "the New Yardbirds", aka Led Zeppelin. Only two songs are in circulation of these recordings: "Steal Away" and "Operator". Robert Anthony Plant (born August 20, 1948, West Bromwich, West Midlands, England) is an English rock singer and songwriter, most famous for his membership in the rock band Led Zeppelin, but also for his successful solo career. ... The name Steve Miller might refer to: Steve Miller (musician), leader of the eponymous Steve Miller Band Steve Miller (writer), author of science fiction stories and novels including the Liaden universe stories Steve Miller (artist), author of How to Draw Books including Thunder Lizards!: How to Draw Fantastic Dinosaurs Steve... Led Zeppelin were an English rock band that formed in September 1968. ...


The 1970s and 1980s

In 1970 Korner and Thorup formed a big band ensemble, C.C.S. - short for The Collective Consciousness Society - which had several hit singles produced by Mickie Most, including a version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" which was used as the theme for BBC's Top Of The Pops for several years. This was the period of Korner's greatest commercial success in the UK. C. C. S., short for The Collective Consciousness Society, was a British seventies pop group, led by blues guitarist and icon Alexis Korner. ... Mickie Most, born Michael Peter Hayes (20 June1938–30 May2003), was a successful English record producer, notably with a string of Number One hit singles with his own RAK Recordsand acts such as The Animals, Hermans Hermits, Donovan, and Suzi Quatro. ... Whole Lotta Love is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin from their second album, Led Zeppelin II. It was the bands first hit single and a cover version of it by C.C.S. was used as the theme song for the British television show Top of... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ...

See main article : C.C.S.

In 1973, he formed another group, Snape, with Boz Burrell, Mel Collins, and Ian Wallace, previously together in King Crimson. Korner also played on B.B. King's Supersession album, and cut his own, similar album, Get Off My Cloud, with Keith Richards, Peter Frampton, Nicky Hopkins, and members of Joe Cocker's Grease Band. C. C. S., short for The Collective Consciousness Society, was a British seventies pop group, led by blues guitarist and icon Alexis Korner. ... Raymond Burrell AKA Boz Burrell (born Raymond Burrell on 1 August 1946, in Lincoln, England, died 21 September 2006 in Spain) was a bass guitarist known for his involvement in bands such as King Crimson and Bad Company. ... Ian Wallace (September 29, 1946 - February 22, 2007 in Los Angeles) was a rock drummer and session musician. ... King Crimson are a musical group founded by guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Michael Giles in 1969. ... Riley B. King aka B. B. King (b. ... Peter Kenneth Frampton (born April 22, 1950 in Beckenham, Kent) is an English musician, best known today for his solo work in the mid-1970s and as one of the original members of the band Humble Pie. ... Nicholas Nicky Hopkins (February 24, 1944 in Ealing, West London – September 6, 1994 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA) was an English musician who featured on scores of the most important British and American popular music recordings of the 1960s and 1970s, playing piano and organ. ... Joe Cocker OBE (born John Robert Cocker, 20 May 1944, Sheffield) is an English rock/blues singer who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is most known for his gritty voice and his cover versions of popular songs. ... The Grease Band are a rock band which evolved out of Joe Cockers backing band. ...


In the mid 1970s, while touring Germany, he established an intensive working relationship with bassist Colin Hodgkinson who played for the support act Back Door. They would continue to collaborate until the end. Colin Hodgkinson (born 14 October 1945, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire) is a British rock, jazz and blues bassist who has been active since the 1960s. ... Back Door was a jazz-rock trio, formed in 1971. ...


In the 1970s Korner's main career was in broadcasting. In 1973 he presented a unique 6-part documentary on BBC Radio 1, The Rolling Stones Story[5], and in 1977 he established a weekly blues and soul show on Radio 1, which ran until 1981. He also used his gravelly voice to great effect as an advertising voice over artist.


In 1978, for Korner's 50th birthday, an all-star concert was held featuring many of his friends mentioned above, as well as Eric Clapton, Paul Jones, Chris Farlowe, Zoot Money and other friends, which was later released as The Party Album, and as a video. Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is an Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Paul Jones (born February 24, 1942) is an English singer, actor and radio presenter. ... Chris Farlowe is an English pop singer and one-time amateur boxer. ... Zoot Money is a pianist, organist, and actor, born George Bruno Money on 17th June 1942, who appeared (playing a promotions man) in the film Breaking Glass with Hazel OConnor. ...


In 1981, he joined another "supergroup", Rocket 88, a project led by Ian Stewart based around boogie-woogie keyboard players, which featured a rhythm section comprising Jack Bruce and Charlie Watts, among others, as well as a horn section. They toured Europe and released an album on Atlantic Records. Rocket 88 is the name of a United Kingdom-based boogie-woogie band formed c. ... Ian AR Stewart (18 July 1938 – 12 December 1985) was a Scottish rock musician. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ...


Alexis Korner, a lifelong smoker, died of lung cancer on January 1, 1984, aged 55.[6] Lung cancer is the malignant transformation and expansion of lung tissue, and is the most lethal of all cancers worldwide, responsible for 1. ...


References

  1. ^ Korner, a pioneer and influential musician http://radiorewind.co.uk/alexis_korner_page.htm retrieved 26/08/07
  2. ^ http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:BBojN9Nz6-gJ:alexis-korner.net/jd.html+Alexis+Korner+greek+mother&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=4
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:fifqxq95ld0e~T1
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:fifqxq95ld0e~T1
  5. ^ [1] retrieved 26/08/07
  6. ^ [2] retrieved 26/08/07

Other references

Alexis Korner: The Biography, written by Harry Shapiro and including a wonderful discography by Mark Troster, was published in 1997.


Audio

  • CCS - Whole Lotta Love excerpt (file info) — play in browser (beta)
    • An excerpt from the C. C. S. version of "Whole Lotta Love"
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Selected UK discography (LPs unless otherwise stated)

  • Ken Colyer's Skiffle Group: Back to the Delta (Decca, 1954)
  • Alexis Korner's Breakdown Group Featuring Cyril Davis (sic.) (77, 1957)
  • Alexis Korner Skiffle Group: Blues from the Roundhouse Vol. 1 (Tempo, 1957) - EP
  • Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated: Blues from the Roundhouse Vol. 2 (Tempo, 1958) - EP
  • R&B From the Marquee (Decca, 1962)
  • Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated (Decca, 1963)
  • At the Cavern (Oriole, 1964)
  • Red Hot From Alex (Transatlantic, 1964)
  • Sky High (Spot, 1966)
  • I Wonder Who (Fontana, 1967)
  • A New Generation of Blues (Liberty, 1968)
  • Both Sides (Metronome, 1970) - GERMANY only
  • Alexis Korner (Rak, 1971)
  • Bootleg Him (Rak, 1972)
  • Accidentally Born in New Orleans (Transatlantic, 1972)
  • Live On Tour in Germany (Brain, 1973) - GERMANY only
  • Alexis Korner (Polydor, 1974) - GERMANY only
  • Get Off Of My Cloud (CBS, 1975)
  • Live in Paris (1976)
  • Just Easy (1978)
  • The Party Album (1979)
  • Me (1980)
  • Juvenile Delinquent (1984)
  • Testament (1985)

External links

  • Biography at All Music Guide
  • Alexis Korner page at Radio Rewind
  • You Tube: Korner and Steve Marriott performing The Rolling Stones song, "Get Off My Cloud"

  Results from FactBites:
 
Alexis Korner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (528 words)
Alexis Korner (April 19, 1928 Paris - January 1, 1984 London), was an English blues musician, born to an Austrian father and Greek mother.
Alexis Korner is probably better remembered as a networker and blues historian, alhough he was a proficient guitarist and a distinctive (if not accomplished) vocalist.
Often referred to as "the Father of British Blues", Korner was instrumental in bringing together various English blues musicians, such as John Mayall as well as Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who went on to form the Rolling Stones.
BluePower.Com: Alexis Korner....King Of The British Blues Scene! (1090 words)
Without Alexis Korner, there still might have been a British blues scene in the early 1960s, but chances are that it would have been very different from the one that spawned the Rolling Stones, nurtured the early talents of Eric Clapton and made it possible for figures such as John Mayall to reach an audience.
Korner and Davies made their first record in 1957, and in early 1962, they formed Blues Incorporated, a "supergroup" (for its time) consisting of the best players on the early '60s British blues scene.
Korner soldiered on, but the explosion of British rock in 1963, and the wave of blues-based rock bands that followed, including the Rolling Stones, the Animals, and the Yardbirds undercut any chance he had for commercial success.
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