Alexis Korner on BBC – Radio 2

Posted on: Sunday, Jan 27, 2008

Alexis Korner – Rhythm And Blues Champion

Three part series

BBC – Radio 2 – Thursday 31 January – 2303-2330

Broadcaster and bandleader Alexis Korner was the catalyst for the British Blues explosion of the 60s.

With 25 solo albums, a successful radio career and the respect of blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll musicians worldwide, he’s been a huge influence on the music scene.

Indeed, without Alexis there may not have been The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin or The Animals.

In this three-part series, Chris Jagger, younger brother of Mick and accomplished musician himself, talks to many of those whom Alexis inspired and played with.

Mick Jagger recalls his musical beginnings at Alexis’ Ealing Club, where he would often help Ginger Baker carry his drums onto the last tube.

Charlie Watts, Andy Fraser and Paul Jones also recall the influence of the man regarded as the father figure of British Blues.



January 27th, 2008 at 21:02
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Anybody out there catch the late, great Alexis at the Chester Gateway Theatre? It was in my pre-reviewing days but I recall him being accompanied by a fine female vocalist and sauntering on with guitar in one hand and bottle of wine in the other – class! Think it may have been less than a year before he passed away and part of one of the Chester music festivals. As well as his involvement with the Stones, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, etc., he should be remembered for his championing of Free – one of the great British bands of all time.