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Moody Blues drummer Graeme Edge dies aged 80

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Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward has paid tribute to bandmate Graeme Edge, who has died at the age of 80. Edge was the drummer in the Birmingham-based rock band who were famous for such hits as Nights in White Sati...

Dual Breeders’ Cup glory for William Buick on Yibir and Space Blues

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Charlie Appleby and William Buick completed a double on the second day of the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar and took their total for the two-day meeting to three victories as Yibir and Space Blues took the Turf and Mile re...

Buffalo Nichols: Buffalo Nichols review – urgent, steeped-in-tradition blues

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As an aspiring teenage guitarist, Carl Nichols was drawn to the blues discovered in his mother’s record collection – Robert Cray, Corey Harris – while his hometown of Milwaukee offered gigs playing everything but the ...

‘I’ve been dead so many times’: the life and times of New Orleans’s blues king

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In a dark, wood-panelled room, thick with humidity and reeking of smoke, the bluesman sits on a battered red couch that droops in the middle. He takes a moment to reflect before walking to the stage. He’s dressed in a...

Father to 15 children … but were any of blues star BB King’s offspring his?

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BB King was born into poverty in Jim Crow Mississippi and raised on a cotton plantation before becoming a street busker then finding fame and fortune as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. But the “King of the Blues” ...

Beyond the sarnie: no-cook packed lunches to beat back-to-work blues

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If my office fridge, microwave and kettle are out of bounds thanks to Covid, what can I look to for a tasty packed lunch? I’m already lugging a Thermos of tea, so nothing that needs to live in another weighty flask.Fr...

GA-20: Try It… You Might Like It! review – a rowdy blast of primal blues

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When the young Bruce Iglauer witnessed a performance by Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers in 1971, he created a record label so he could sign them. Iglauer was a 23-year-old blues fanatic and Taylor an unrecorded ...

Bowie, bed-hopping and the blues: the wild times of Dana Gillespie

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“No one has understood how deeply rooted in music I am because they got distracted by my tits,” Dana Gillespie complains. Now 72, the singer and songwriter’s curvaceous figure ensured she regularly appeared in both ta...

From Suni Lee to archery blues: Team USA’s Olympic highs and lows so far

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“New Michael Phelps” is an eye-grabbing headline but could use more nuance. What the US really needed was not someone to rival Phelps’ medal haul - because no one can - but a new male talisman, a figurehead to stand a...

Dusty Hill’s voice, tone and passion for the blues lifted ZZ Top into greatness

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Dusty Hill was evidently used to being mistaken for someone else. Well, for one other person. In 2012, backstage at a strange festival in Maryland, I watched as drunk twentysomethings walked up to a man with a vast be...

Mdou Moctar: Afrique Victime review – wild, virtuosic Tuareg blues

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It seems fitting that the first album on Matador (and his sixth in total) from the Nigerian guitarist Mdou Moctar should not come only in the usual formats – CD, vinyl and download – but also preloaded on to a limited...