Blues Medley

First transmitted in 1985, this medley of the blues features Fred McDowell, Thomas 'Georgia Tom' Dorsey, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.

Huddie Ledbetter - better known as 'Lead Belly' - performs 'Pick a Bale of Cotton', and Billie Holiday accompanied by Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Roy Eldridge, performs her own composition 'Fine and Mellow'.

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26 minutes

Last on

Sun 28 Jul 1985 00:45
BBC Two except East, South East

BBC Four Blues Collection

BBC Four Blues Collection
This programme is part a collection of BBC programmes featuring influential blues musicians, including B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy Williamson.

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About BBC Four Collection programmes

Programmes are selected, in part, for their historical context and reflect the broadcast standards and attitudes of their time, which may not accord to some current BBC editorial guidelines. We aim to select programmes which can be shown in their entirety but in some cases edits are required.


Role Contributor
ParticipantFred McDowell
ParticipantThomas Dorsey
ParticipantSonny Terry
ParticipantBrownie McGhee
ParticipantBillie Holiday
ParticipantLead Belly

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