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Idris Davies / Blog


Hello, so I'm being told I have to add a blog entry. Don't know what to write so I'll just tell you about my theory on the life of Rock'n'Roll.

For me it all started with Robert Johnson and can clearly be heard on his song I Believe I'll Dust My Broom. He plays a cracking slide guitar on it with a drumming riff chiming like bells. Elmore James learnt the song off him and, as you should at least be aware he's regarded as one of the greats in blues. Specifically slide guitar. He was one of the forfathers of Chicago blues, and electric blues as well. And it was his version of Dust My Broom that was a real hit. And it was also this version that bears a clear resemblance to the classic guitar riff you'll hear Chuck Berry play on say Roll Over Beethoven. Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, Ray Charles even, all used that classic Rock'n'Roll riff that was borne in Elmore James' interpretation of Johnson's Dust My Broom. I needn't tell you who all those guy influenced do I!

So that's it really. Of course I'm missing out a hellovalotta musicians in there - gospel musicians, as well as other blues players and jazz, boogie woogie, rag-time. But it's all related right? You can hear sister rosetta tharpe rock away on her Gibson SG, Rev. Gary Davis singing bout his cocaine habit, Lightnin Sam Hopkins praying for mercy but what they all had in common - they all knew how to Rock'n'Roll!

And remember - this is only my opinion, I may be right or wrong ;)