Blues

A selection of programmes featuring influential blues musicians, including B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy Williamson.

Julian Joseph Julian Joseph introduces the Blues Collection

BBC Radio 3 presenter and jazz musician Julian Joseph recalls his early love of music and reflects upon how blues is the 'bedrock and the catalyst ' of modern music. Read more

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Collection items

1 - 11 of 11 items available to watch online

Arena: Blues Night: Sonny Boy Williamson Sings Arena: Blues Night: Sonny Boy Williamson Sings

First Broadcast: 1985 15 mins

Rare footage of the harmonica blues player Sonny Boy Williamson. (1985)

Arena: Blues Night: B.B. King Speaks Arena: Blues Night: B.B. King Speaks

First Broadcast: 1985 30 mins

John Walters talks to B.B. King about his extraordinary life. (1985)

Arena: Blues Night: Chicago Blues Arena: Blues Night: Chicago Blues

First Broadcast: 1985 45 mins

Performances by Muddy Waters, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy. (1985)

Arena: Blues Night: Blind John Davis Arena: Blues Night: Blind John Davis

First Broadcast: 1985 15 mins

Studs Terkel and pianist Blind John Davis meet in Chicago to discuss the blues. (1985)

Arena: Blues Night: Blues Medley Arena: Blues Night: Blues Medley

First Broadcast: 1985 20 mins

Blues medley featuring Fred McDowell, Lead Belly and Billie Holiday. (1985)

Arena: Blues Night: Big Bill Blues Arena: Blues Night: Big Bill Blues

First Broadcast: 1985 25 mins

Big Bill Broonzy sings and plays the blues in a Belgian nightclub. (1985)

The Devil's Music: Series 2: Episode 1 The Devil's Music: Series 2: Episode 1

First Broadcast: 1979 25 mins

Alexis Korner delves into the world of American Blues music. (1979)

The Devil's Music: Series 2: Episode 2 The Devil's Music: Series 2: Episode 2

First Broadcast: 1979 25 mins

Alexis Korner delves further into the soulful world of traditional Blues music. (1979)

The Devil's Music: Series 2: Episode 3 The Devil's Music: Series 2: Episode 3

First Broadcast: 1979 25 mins

Alexis Korner discovers that Blues music expresses a deep symbolic message. (1979)

The Devil's Music: Series 2: Episode 4 The Devil's Music: Series 2: Episode 4

First Broadcast: 1979 25 mins

Alexis Korner looks at contemporary Chicago Blues music. (1979)

Sounding Out: B.B. King Sounding Out: B.B. King

First Broadcast: 1972 25 mins

B.B. King is filmed in Piccadilly recording his 'B.B. King in London' album. (1972)

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