Category: History

Cream: Coming Together

This blog is based on Derek Shelmerdine’s guest appearance on Dave Roberts’s Music For Grown Ups radio show on 1 October 2015. To Listen Again For all of the podcasts for Derek Shelmerdine’s appearances on on Dave Roberts’s Music for Grown Ups CREAM: COMING TOGETHER Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker came together in…


From Gospel to Rock’n’Roll

Rock’n’Roll came together in the mid-1950s from its roots in gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, country, bluegrass and rockabilly. It was a fusion of the different music genres listened to by black American and white American audiences. This fusion went far deeper than just the music. Following the emancipation of the slaves, after the Civil War…


Jimi Hendrix – Early Days

Jimi Hendrix

This tale of one of rock’n’roll’s greatest icons began in America back in 1958, when a left-handed, fifteen-year-old, acoustic-guitar-wielding, Jimmy Hendrix joined his first real group, the Velvetones. By the end of the decade he had become the proud owner of his first electric guitar and had moved on to join the Rocking Kings. Hendrix’s…