London Blues Scene
The wartime influx of Blues records from the US fuelled a British fascination with American Electric Blues artists such as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Big Bill Broonzy. By 1960 many Blues Jams sessions had started across London, the most famous of which was held at London's Skiffle Centre organised by Alexis Korner.
Korner became something of a father figure to the young aspiring musicians who had been infected with a love of the blues - such as Eric Burdon (Animals), Jack Bruce (Cream), Eric Clapton (Yardbirds, Cream) and the members of the Rolling Stones. By 1963 the first American blues festivals had been organised and London had a thriving blues scene, with clubs such as Crawdaddy and The Marquee presenting The Who, Yardbirds and Rolling Stones on the same bill.