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Subject: He helped launch the British blues scene, by bringing US blues artists to the UK ....

Ed Tracey
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Date Posted: Tuesday, March 02, 03:04:20pm
In reply to: Dead at 90 's message, "Chris Barber, British Jazz musician" on Tuesday, March 02, 11:41:53am

At his 70th birthday concert (seventeen years ago) John Mayall invited Chris Barber to perform, to acknowledge his role in British blues.


Chris Barber dies - he trombonist, bassist and bandleader introduced American blues artists into the UK and helped fire the British blues boom

By Mark Gilbert; Jazz Journal, 02 March 2021

Chris Barber, often regarded as the godfather of modern British popular music thanks to his introduction of US blues artists into the UK, died 2 March, after suffering from dementia. He had announced his retirement in 2019, having led a band almost continuously for 70 years.

He brought blues artists such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Muddy Waters to the UK, feeding the burgeoning British blues boom of the early 1960s.

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