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Bright Lights, Big City

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How artists like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf rooted the blues in the city, where it contributed to musical desegregation by spawning rock 'n' roll.

After 1945, artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and John Lee Hooker rooted the blues firmly in the city, where it contributed to the musical desegregation of America by spawning rock 'n' roll. As the blues conquered the world and the music moved from black to white audiences, arguments developed about what was the real authentic blues. Robert Johnson returned from the dead to sell more records than any other blues artist. By the 21st century, the blues not only retained the earthiness of its roots but was also being celebrated in the White House. With contributions from Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, Seasick Steve and Buddy Guy.

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Thu 15 Mar 2018 23:00

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Howlin’ Wolf

    Moanin' at Midnight

  • Walter "Tangle Eye" Jackson

    Tangle Eye Blues

  • Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

    All Night Long

  • Robert Johnson

    Sweet Home Chicago

  • Little Walter

    Juke

  • Muddy Waters

    I Can't Be Satisfied

  • Muddy Waters

    Rollin' and Tumblin'

  • Little Walter

    Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)

  • Charlie Musselwhite

    If I Should Have Bad Luck

  • Lil' Ed Williams

    Boogie Chillun

  • John Lee Hooker

    Boogie Chillun

  • John Lee Hooker

    Boom Boom

  • Mississippi John Hurt

    Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor

  • Howlin’ Wolf

    How Many More Years

  • Howlin’ Wolf

    Smokestack Lightning

  • Elvis Presley

    That's All Right, Mama

  • Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

    Ida Red

  • Chuck Berry

    Maybellene

  • Ray Charles

    What'd I Say

  • John Hammond

    Come to Find Out

  • Muddy Waters

    Got My Mojo Working

  • C.B. Cook

    Whoa Buck

  • Mississippi John Hurt

    Candy Man Blues

  • Skip James

    Devil Got My Woman

  • Son House

    Levee Camp Moan

  • Mississippi Fred McDowell

    Lord I'm Going Down South

  • Jimpson

    The Murderer's Home

  • Blind Boy Paxton

    Me And The Devil Blues

  • Robert Johnson

    Kindhearted Woman Blues

  • Robert Johnson

    Hell Hound on My Trail

  • Robert Johnson

    Come on in My Kitchen

  • The Rolling Stones

    Little Red Rooster

  • The Rolling Stones

    I Just Want to Make Love To You

  • The Rolling Stones

    (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

    Shake Your Moneymaker

  • B.B. King

    Walking Dr Bill

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    Voodoo Chile

  • Cream

    I'm So Glad

  • Led Zeppelin

    Whole Lotta Love

  • The Robert Cray Band

    Smoking Gun

  • John Lee Hooker

    The Healer

  • John Lee Hooker & Bonnie Raitt

    I'm in the Mood

  • Howlin’ Wolf

    Smokestack Lightning

  • B.B. King

    Let the Good Times Roll

  • Buddy Guy

    Let Me Love You

  • Buddy Guy

    Sweet Home Chicago

  • Muddy Waters

    Mannish Boy

  • The White Stripes

    Fell In Love With A Girl

  • 00:50

    Jimi Hendrix

    Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

  • 00:51

    Led Zeppelin

    Whole Lotta Love

BBC Four Blues Collection

BBC Four Blues Collection
Discover more BBC programmes featuring influential blues musicians, including B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy Williamson.

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Credits

Role Contributor
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Series Producer Mick Gold
Director Sam Bridger
Producer Sam Bridger
Camera Operator Sam Bridger

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Director's blog post: Recreating the music"Find musicians today who can embody early blues music"

Director's blog post: Recreating the music"Find musicians today who can embody early blues music"

Director's blog post: Recreating the music