2013-09-16

History of the Blues in 50 Guitar Riffs

 

From 1920s/30s/40s acoustic-based country/delta/folk blues forms, over electric Chicago blues in the 1950s, blues revival during 1960s, fusion with rock during 1960s and 1970s, developed blues/rock forms of the 80s,90s, to alternative/power blues forms in the first decade of the 21st century.

The riffs & licks were chosen based on their historical values (some of them are just my favorite ones). It is arguable that some riffs are "not" blues, but I recorded them anyway, because their influence (or the influence of the guitar artist who played them) were high, and/or the blues roots are clearly visible.

On a personal note: I regret for not finding the time to insert more important riffs, mostly in the early periods, and some of the pioneers of the blues/rock in the 60s, like Cream. Well, maybe next time. Oh, and sorry for the killer-serious faces in the video lol :D

This video pays a small tribute to video and audio production too, since I tried to match the quality of video & audio with the release year. If you listened to original recordings online, you will probably notice they are similar in sound.

50 Blues & Blues/Rock Guitar Riffs:

1. Black Snake Moan - Blind Lemon Jefferson - 1927
2. Matchbox Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson - 1927
3. Sittin' on Top of the World - Mississippi Sheiks - 1930
4. Devil Got My Woman - Skip James - 1931
5. The Angel's Message to Me - Reverend Gary Davis - 1935
6. Crossroads Blues - Robert Johnson - 1936
7. Sweet Home Chicago - Robert Johnson - 1937
8. Key to the Highway - Big Bill Broonzy - 1941
9. Boogie Chillen' - John Lee Hooker - 1948
10. Baby, Please Don't Go - Lightnin' Hopkins - 1948
11. Rollin' Stone - Muddy Waters - 1950
12. Rollin' & Thumblin' - Muddy Waters - 1950
13. Dust my Broom - Elmore James - 1951
14. Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters - 1955
15. Need Your Love so Bad - Little Willie John - 1955
16. Smoke Stack Lightnin' - Howlin' Wolf - 1956
17. Mojo Hand - Lightnin' Hopkins - 1960
18. Tobacco Road - John Loudermilk - 1960
19. Hideaway - Freddie King - 1960
20. Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker - 1961
21. Little Red Rooster - Howlin' Wolf - 1961
22. Stone Crazy - Buddy Guy - 1962
23. Homesick's Shuffle - Homesick James - 1964
24. John Henry - Mississippi Fred McDowell - 1966
25. Born Under a Bad Sign - Albert King - 1967
26. Red House - Jimi Hendrix - 1967
27. Oh, Pretty Woman - Albert King 1967
28. Jumper on the Line - RL Burnside 1967
29. Crosscut Saw - Albert King 1967
30. The Thrill is Gone - BB King 1969
31. Killing Floor - Albert King - 1969
32. Taylor's Rock - Hound Dog Taylor - 1971
33. La Grange - ZZ Top - 1973
34. Cradle Rock - Rory Galagher - 1973
35. Sweet Home Chicago - Blues Brothers - 1980
36. Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood - 1982
37. Rood Mood - Stevie Ray Vaughan - 1983
38. Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan - 1983
39. Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan - 1983
40. Born Under a Bad Sign - Roben Ford - 1988
41. See the Light - Jeff Healey - 1988
42. Oh Pretty Woman - Gary Moore - 1990
43. Damn Right I Got the Blues - Buddy Guy - 1991
44. Layla Unplugged - Eric Clapton - 1992
45. He Don't Play Nothing But the Blues - Roben Ford - 1993
46. Riding With the King - Eric Clapton & BB King - 2000
47. Ball and Biscuit - The White Stripes - 2002
48. Cut My Wings - Seasick Steve - 2006
49. Ballad of John Henry - Joe Bonamassa - 2009
50. Tedechi Trucks Band - Come See About Me - 2012


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