Little news this time around but a couple of passings to report:
It is sad to have to have to report the death, at the age of 45, of Welsh blues critic Paul Lewis on 3rd April, following a brain tumour. Paul wrote for numerous magazines over the last couple of decades and was a well-respected reviewer.
Jazz trumpeter and a mainstay of the UK jazz scene for over sixty years, Humphrey Lyttleton died on April 25th 2008. at the age of 86. In the sixties, he organised tours for the likes of Jimmy Witherspoon (with whom he recorded), Jimmy Rushing, Big Joe Turner, Sister Marie Knight, and American trumpeter Buck Clayton, and he worked with Lillian Boutte on his own Calligraph Records label.
----- Norman Darwen
Remembering Muddy Waters 1915 1983
The Classic Studio T label and Blues Legacy would also like to take the opportunity of commemorating the life and music of the legendary Blues artist Muddy Waters who passed on this day (April 30th) 25 years ago.
As many of you know, British trombonist Chris Barber introduced Muddy Waters to UK audiences in 1958.The outcome of the tour with The Chris Barber Band was nothing short of a magnificent milestone in history.The recordings recently discovered by The Blues Legacy are now available on The Blues Lost & Found Volume 2 album and it is possible to find out more details and purchase online via:
If you wanted to just hear a few Muddy Waters tracks for free, simply check out our My Space page: www.myspace.com/blueslegacylabel
Muddy Waters was a huge inspiration for musicians in the British scene and is known as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Not only did the tour with Chris Barber enhance Muddy’s reputation in Europe, but in turn, reawakened an interest in the blues from the other side of the Atlantic. Arguably, it was this visit to British shores, with Muddy on electric guitar, which led to the phenomenal rise of the blues explosion. We salute you Muddy!
Remembering Humphrey Lyttelton 1921 - 2008
The Classic Studio T label would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the friends and family of the late, great musician and broadcaster Humphrey Lyttelton.
It was announced on the 25th April that the legendary Jazz musician died aged 86. ‘Humph’, as he became known, was a towering figure in the world of music and also a respected presenter on BBC Radio 2 and 4.
The Classic Studio T label, based at Shepperton Filmed Studios first worked with Humphrey Lyttelton when he was invited to our Classic T Stage recording studio by vocalist Elkie Brooks in 2005 for the recording of her Pearls Live DVD. You can see footage of this on You Tube: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=JApXXMAwGVw
Elkie and Humph had worked with each other extensively over the years and our label was also proud to release another collaboration from the two on the ‘Trouble In Mind’ album.
Classic have also been working with another of Humph’s good friends in recent years.Jazz legend Chris Barber surprisingly found some previously unreleased material now survived on the Blues Lost & Found Volume 3 album, which features Chris Barber, Ronny Scott and Humphrey Lyttelton performing on stage together at the Richmond Jazz & Blues Festival in 1964. This was released on the Blues Legacy imprint: http://www.blueslegacy.net/
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