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American Folk Blues Festival Ensemble

















(2nd photo, l to r): Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker, Shakey Jake, Willie Dixon, Helen Humes, Sonny Terry, John Lee Hooker, Brownie McGhee (drummer Armand "Jump" Jackson covered by Sonny Terry)
source of 1st photo: Blues Unlimited 142 (1982), p. 45; photographer: Heinz Wolf
source of 2nd photo: Blues Forum 4 (1981), p. 6; photographer: Heinz Wolf

Source : http://www.wirz.de/music/afbffrm.htm

American Folk Blues Festival

This LP was released in 1962 before the start of the tour to introduce the artists.


















Philips ‎– B 681 555 L

Big Bill Broonzy- Trouble In Mind
Memphis Slim- Beer Drinking Woman, - Hey Slim
Helen Humes- Million Dollar Secret, - I'm Gonna Let Him Ride
Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry- Sweet Lovin' Kind
Roosevelt Sykes- Night Time Is The Right Time

Lightnin' Hopkins- Automobile Blues
Shakey Jake- Good Times
John Lee Hooker- I Need Some Money
Odetta- Prettiest Train
Willie Dixon- Nerveous
Brownie McGhee, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Joe Williams & Sonny Terry- Wimmin From Coast To Coast

American Folk Blues Festival : The Tour :

The Tour :

03.10. day of arrival ?
04.10. Baden-Baden, Großer Kursaal, SWF, Jazz-Session
05.10. Bern, Casino
06.10. Frankfurt, Kongresssaal
07.10. Berlin, Titania-Palast
08.10. ?
09.10. Kaiserslautern, Fruchthalle
10.10. München, Kongresssaal des Deutschen Museums
11.10. Heilbronn, Harmonie-Saal, Treffpunkt Jazz des SDR
12.10. Nürnberg, Messehaus
13.10. ?
14.10. Basel, Mustermesse
15.10. Zürich, Kongresshaus
16.10. Wien, Konzerthaus
17.10. Bremen, 'Glocke'
18.10. Hamburg, Audimax der Universität
18.10. after concert: studio session Deutsche Grammophon
19.10. ?
20.10. Paris, Olympia, 2 shows : 20h - 00h
21.10. England ?
22.10. Manchester, Granada-Studios, TV ?
23.10. England ?
24.10. England ? where and until when ?
25.10.

??.10. Wiesbaden

German BLUES Circle Info nr. 13 September 1977, p. 2/13
(www.wirz.de)

American Folk Blues Festival : 4 October 1962, Baden-Baden













This was recorded in 1962 for the Horst Lippman's TV show called "Jazz gehört & gesehen" (Jazz heard & seen) on the SWF ( German TV station located in Baden-Baden).

- Call me when you need me,
- The unknown blues ( Hootin'Blues )
- I'm a stranger,
- The blues everwhere,
- Nervous,
- We gonna rock,
- Hey baby,
- Dont throw your love on me so strong,
- Blues bathroom,
- Kansas city
- Blues ain't nothing,
- Instrumental,

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SWF Radio broadcast :

Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee
-I'm a stranger
-Hootin' blues
John Lee Hooker
-Just you and me
-Night time is the right time
Shakey Jake, T-Bone Walker, Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim
-Hey baby ( Diff version )
Memphis Slim
-Pinetop's boogie woogie
-Every day i have the blues
T-Bone Walker, Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim, Jump Jackson
-T-Bone jumps again
-Don't throw your love on me so strong ( Diff version )
Helen Humes, Willie Dixon, T-Bone Walker, Memphis Slim
-Kansas city ( Diff version )
Helen Humes, Shakey Jake, T-Bone Walker, Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Jump Jackson
-(Helen Humes) : Blues ain't nothing
-(Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee) : Blues was Money
-(Willie Dixon) : Blues so bad
-(T-Bone Walker) : I'm in love
-(Wille Dixon) : Blues so bad + impro
-Fast Blues ( impro )

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LP of the audio from the TV show :

First press was : Secret Records LP 12-8 (Germany)
Also : Tony's LP 392 (UK)

Rare Records RR 2 ( UK ) :
Single sleeve + Insert
RR 2 A HY
RR 2 B HY
Released in ( ? )










Side 1:

Shakey Jake, T-Bone Walker
-I love my baby
Shakey Jake, T-Bone Walker, Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim
-Hey baby
Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker, Willie Dixon
-Blues is everywhere
-Boogie woogie ( we're gonna rock )
T-Bone Walker, Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim, Jump Jackson
-Don't throw your love on me so strong
Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker
-Nervous

Side 2:

Helen Humes, Willie Dixon, 
-Baby won't you please come home
Helen Humes, Willie Dixon, T-Bone Walker, Memphis Slim
-Kansas city
Helen Humes, Shakey Jake, T-Bone Walker, Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Jump Jackson
-(Helen Humes) : Blues ain't nothing
-(Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee) : Blues was Money
-(Willie Dixon) : Blues so bad
-(T-Bone Walker) : I'm in love
-(Wille Dixon) : Blues so bad + impro
-Fast Blues ( impro )
Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee
-I'm a stranger
-Hootin' blues

Helen Humes tracks rec. October 20, 1962 at the Olympia in Paris, France

American Folk Blues Festival : 5 October - Bern


























Great report from Samuel Mumenthaler on bernerzeitung.ch about the concert in Bern.
link : http://www.bernerzeitung.ch/kultur/pop-und-jazz/Als-der-Blues-nach-Bern-kam/story/11814066
( Google translate )

It was the night when the Blues reached Bern. But the newspapers did not send critics, the public rally was limited.Featured was an American Folk Blues Festival. With this, among others the lone wolf John Lee Hooker and the guitarist T-Bone Walker, who had electrified blues. On wings sitting Memphis Slim, the double bass played Willie Dixon. Each fan had in this star-studded of pulse skyrocket. Bloss: Blue fans there were at that time in Europe barely. One who did not miss the historic concert in October 1962, was the then 17-year-old Polo Hofer. "The American Folk Blues Festival was one reason why I was drawn by the Oberland to Berne," says Hofer, who was an ardent admirer of black jazz and blues musicians. Yet the Blues had some hip connoisseurs reserved for their information on radio stations such as American Forces Network procured.
With missionary zeal
This changed thanks to the two German concert promoters Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau. Impressed by Big Bill Broonzy, who was marketed as the last Bluesmohikaner in the 1950s, they decided to bring back the "authentic" Blues to Europe. The music fans followed the objects of their desire to the huts on the Mississippi and the music venues of South Side of Chicago, where whites were not welcome. For most musicians, Lippmann and Rau were flown to Frankfurt in October 1962, it was the first visit to Europe. The organizers presented "their" Blues with missionary zeal and didactic ambitions - a journalist spoke of the "hottest adult education center in the world".
Concerts followed Ingenious dramaturgy: As in a revue be soloists, duos and larger formations came off. The stage tricks with which the musicians entertained the public at home in the bar were not desirable in the tour of the European concert halls. "I think that in retrospect not really, because we have talked to in there too our white head", Horst Lippmann later regretted. "We wanted to achieve the acceptance of these musicians and not do it again from them Negroes, make funny things and disavow himself." The professionals were anyway not limit: In the photographs, which are obtained from Bern concert, can be T-Bone Walker see the legendary Gitarrenspagat.
Victim of its own success
Because the first American Folk Blues Festival in 1962 exceeded expectations, it was repeated annually from now on - and sparked a true Blue boom: 1964 was the Royal Albert Hall sold out three times, in the best years were at more than 30 concerts. But Lippmann and Rau were victims of their own success. They had the Blues literally brought into the world and infects young musicians such as the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton or the Animals with the virus. But then the white students took the blues so popular that the interest in the originals decreased. In 1972 the Festival was set in the 1980s, there was a brief revival.
Tips for Nightlife
In Switzerland Polo Hofer was his Jetmen one of the first who put on black music - also under the impression of the experience of 1962. After the concert Polo hunted for autographs. Had particularly impressed him the appearance of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee. "One was blind, the lame other," Hofer says. As he struggled with the blind for an autograph, that took out a stamp with the imprint "Yours, Sonny Terry". John Lee Hooker demanded in return for his signature a tip when it comes to nightlife. "As a non Berner I only knew the Chikito," says Polo. "It took some persuasion, until each one ringed and striped socks had the famous musician in his flood pants and into the nightclub." The Blues was definitely arrived in Bern. (Berner Zeitung)
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Program :
( Thanks to Samuel Mumenthaler for the pictures )







American Folk Blues Festival : 06 October 1962 - Frankfurt

A radio recording exist of this show.
56 min recorded. 

Sample :

Sonny Terry- Brownie McGhee
- I'm a stranger
- Harmonica blues
- Born and livin' with the blues
- I got my eyes on you
- John Henry
John Lee Hooker
- I'm a stranger ( Youtube link ) 
- Hobo blues
- Tupelo blues
Helen Humes
- Money honey
- If i could be with you one hour tonight ( incomplete )
Shakey Jake
- Hey baby
- Call me when you need me
- Too late
T-Bone Walker
- Hey baby
- Call it stormy monday
- I wanna see my baby

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The concert poster by GUNTHER KIESER :


American Folk Blues Festival : ?? October 1962 - Wiesbaden " Jazz House "


American Folk Blues Festival : 07 October 1962 -Berlin


American Folk Blues Festival : 10 October 1962 - Munich

Concert poster :


American Folk Blues Festival : 11 October 1962 - Heilbronn

Ticket :









German newspaper, from the 1 October 1962.













full page here : http://www.stimme.de/storage/med/pdf/archiv-ticker/1962/oktober/7506_01.10.HSt-Stadt.pdf

American Folk Blues Festival : 18 0ctober - Hamburg

Concert poster by GUNTHER KIESER :














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The LP :


















Photos from the LP :
T-Bone Walker on stage in Hamburg, before the recording of the LP.
And the 4 others pictures below are from the recording of the LP








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John Lee Hooker during the recording of the LP
( From the AFBF 1968 Tour Program )
















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The Time : October 18th, 1962.
The Place : Hamburg University's ultra modern Auditorium Maximum.
The Occasion : the performance of the American Folk Blues Festival.

On the previous evening the ensemble had to played in Bremen and filled the audience with wild enthusiasm, and now the same thing was happening in Hamburg. But what was that being breathlessly whispered during the intermission ?

" Afterwards they are all going to Deutsche Grammophon's studio in Rahlstedt to cut an LP. That is, all except Helen Humes, she is under exclusive contract somewhere or other."

That was no rumour. It was "nothing but the truth", as lawyers in precise legal language always say; and the session lasted until five the next morning. Nobody was the least bit tired, although there was no strong coffee to drink. On the contrary, everyone became more wide awake. And who was "everybody" ? Well, there was the complete Folk Blues Festival ensemble ( with the exception of Helen Hume, as already mentioned ) with some of their girl friends; a number of fans whose sixth sense had told them that something like his might take place and had already arranged to take the Friday off from work; several newspaper reporters; and people from the various record companies situated in Hamburg. They all sat they together, united through the feeling for the blues.

01 - We're Gonna Rock
02 - I wanna see my Baby
03 - I'm in love
04 - Need your love so bad ( only on Excello press and Cd )
05 - Stewball
06 - Let's make it baby
07 - Shake it baby
08 - The right time
09 - Hey baby
10 - Love my baby
11 - Crying at the station
12 - I'm crazy 'bout you baby
13 - Bye bye baby

14- Nervous ( only on Ep "Shake it baby" )

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LP signed by Memphis Slim : 

More info about the different pressings on vinyl on the bottom page

American Folk Blues Festival : 20 October - Paris, Olympia





    CD1 :
    01- Memphis Slim - Festival introduction
    02- John Lee Hooker - I'm in the mood
    03- John Lee Hooker - Let's make it baby
    04- John Lee Hooker - I don't want to lose you
    05- John Lee Hooker - Money
    06- John Lee Hooker - The right time
    07- Memphis Slim - Introduction
    08- Memphis Slim - Band indroduction
    09- Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Rockin' the house
    10- Shakey Jake, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Hey Baby
    11- Shakey Jake, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Call me when you need me
    12- Shakey Jake, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Jake's blues
    13- Willie Dixon - Talking about the blues
    14- Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Nervous
    15- Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - I just want make love to you
    16- Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Baby please don't go
    17- Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Pinetop's boogie woogie

    CD2 :
    01- Memphis Slim - Hugues Panassié, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee introduction
    02- Sonny Terry & Brownie Mcghee - I'm a stranger
    03- Sonny Terry & Brownie Mcghee - Talkin' to harmonica blues
    04- Sonny Terry & Brownie Mcghee - Born and livin' with the blues
    05- Sonny Terry & Brownie Mcghee - Baby, i got my eye on you
    06- Sonny Terry & Brownie Mcghee - John Henry
    07- T-Bone Walker, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Woman you must be crazy
    08- T-Bone Walker, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - My old time used to do
    09- T-Bone Walker, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Call me stormy monday
    10- T-Bone Walker, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - You don't love me
    11- T-Bone Walker - T-Bone talks to the booers
    12- Helen Humes, T-Bone Walker, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Money honey
    13- Helen Humes, T-Bone Walker, Davor Kaifesh, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Baby won't you please come home
    14- Helen Humes, T-Bone Walker, Davor Kaifesh, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Kansas city
    15- Helen Humes, T-Bone Walker, Davor Kaifesh, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Saint louis blues
    16- Helen Humes, T-Bone Walker, Davor Kaifesh, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Million dollar secret
    17- Ensemble
    Helen Humes - Blues ain't nothing
    Sonny Terry - Armonica blues
    Shakey Jake - Armonica blues
    John Lee Hooker - Medley blues
    Brownie McGhee - If the blues was money
    Willie Dixon - Blues so bad
    T-Bone Walker - T-Bone blues
    Ensemble - Bye bye baby

    CD3 :
    01- Memphis Slim - John Lee Hooker introduction
    02- John Lee Hooker - Everyday
    03- John Lee Hooker - Let's make it baby
    04- John Lee Hooker - The right time
    05- John Lee Hooker - It's my own fault
    06- John Lee Hooker - Money
    07- Memphis Slim - Band introduction
    08- Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Rockin' the house
    09- T-Bone Walker, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Moanin'
    10- Helen Humes, T-Bone Walker, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Money honey
    11- Helen Humes, T-Bone Walker, Davor Kaifesh, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Baby won't you please come home
    12- Helen Humes, T-Bone Walker, Davor Kaifesh, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Kansas city
    13- Helen Humes, T-Bone Walker, Davor Kaifesh, Willie Dixon, Jump Jackson - Married man blues
    14- Ensemble


Information:
FA 5614 SC 228 - 3CDs Box Set with booklet.
Sacem - SACD SCAM - SDRM - 17 tracks/ 17 tracks/ 14 tracks.
Barcode : 3 561302 561424
CD1 : A0102524360-0103 12 A00 IFPI L 552 Sony DACD
CD2 : A0102524360-0203 15 A00 IFPI L 555 Sony DACD
CD3 : A0102524360-0303 15 A00 IFPI L 555 Sony DACD
Released : August 19 2015
Label : Frémeaux & Associés / Body & Soul.

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Digital version:
from " Live in Paris: First American Folk Blues Festival 1962 "
Released : May 04 2015.
Label : Body & Soul

Cover : 


















link for the digital format : Amazon and  Qobuz
And more info soon from the label Frémeaux & Associés :  http://www.fremeaux.com

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The French program for the concert in Paris ( Olympia ) October 20, 1962 :


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French poster for the 2 shows :





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-John Lee Hooker, Olympia 1962. Blues Again ! n°11.
Report from Christian Casoni : http://bluesagain.com/p_dossiers/john%20lee%20hooker.html


















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Photos from Olympia :

John Lee Hooker :










Helen Humes, Armand "Jump" Jackson, Shakey Jake, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Willie Dixon :   










T-Bone Walker :










Olympia the day of the shows, Memphis Slim, Shakey Jake, Memphis & Bernard de Bosson & Willie : 









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Picture from Olympia on LP/EP Front Cover :









T-Bone Walker / Classic Indigo Vocals And Guitar - His Original 1945-1950 Performances / French
John Lee Hooker / One Bourbon One Scotch One Beer & Stella Mae / French Single
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee / Back Country Blues / French
John Lee Hooker / Rhythm And Blues / French Single










John Lee Hooker / The Great Blues Sounds Of John Lee Hooker / French
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee / Anthologie Du Blues Vol 5 / French
John Lee Hooker / Don't Turn Me From Your Door / French
T-Bone Walker / Call It Stormy Monday - The Essential Collection / USA

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- Jazz Magazine n° 87, October 1962
( advertising for the Olympia shows from Europe 1 )

















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-Jazz Hot, N° 182, December 1962.
 ( Photos and Info of Olympia and Manchester concerts )




















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Report of the Olympia concerts :

1962, LA PREMIERE TOURNÉE

L'idée d'un concert rassemblant sur une même scène les musiciens de blues les plus divers est née en 1960 d'une rencontre entre le critique Joachim Berendt et le batteur Jump Jackson, chez qui une jam-session avait été improvisée. Berendt eut ainsi la révélation de la vitalité du blues à Chicago, et persuada les producteurs Horst Lippmann et Fritz Rau de donner corps à un projet inédit : organiser d'une part un spectacle télévisé dans le cadre de l'émission "Jazz Gehört und Gesehen" et d'autre part une tournée internationale, à l'origine limitée à l'Allemagne, la Belgique, la Suisse, l'Autriche et la France.

Deux ans plus tard on vit donc apparaître sur les écrans, dans un décor de western et au milieu de figurants qui mimaient la vie quotidienne à grand renfort de palabres et de travaux d'aiguille, une brochette de musiciens quelque peu hétéroclite. Outre Memphis Slim et Willie Dixon, on retrouvait le tandem Sonny Terry-Brownie McGhee déjà connu du public européen, et la chanteuse de jazz Helen Humes accompagnée pour la circonstance par le pianiste Davor Keifish. L'innovation résultait essentiellement de la présence de musiciens de Chicago comme Shaky Jake, et surtout de deux artistes dont la visite allaient marquer le Festival 1962 : John Lee Hooker et T-Bone Walker.
L'intention des organisateurs était essentiellement pédagogique, et les premiers concerts s'accompagnaient de longues introductions expliquant ce que représentait le blues dans l'histoire et dans le vécu du peuple noir américain. Horst Lippmann n'avait aucune certitude de couvrir les frais engagés pour cette tournée, initialement prévue comme un événement unique.

Non seulement les concerts firent salle comble, mais l'événement suscita l'enthousiasme d'un public bien plus jeune que celui que visaient les organisateurs. "Pour la première fois", écrivaient Jacques Demêtre et Marcel Chauvard à l'issue des deux concerts à l'Olympia, "le blues authentique sort des clubs d'initiés et s'installe en position de force dans une des plus grandes salles parisiennes".

En Grande-Bretagne, où une seule représentation avait été organisée in extremis sans campagne de promotion, la nouvelle se propage de bouche à oreille : en auto-stop ou en véhicule de location, tout ce que la jeunesse compte d'amateurs et de musiciens de Rock converge vers Manchester. A la fin du spectacle, un délire sans précédent s'empare du public qui envahit la scène, tente d'obtenir des autographes ou de toucher les chanteurs. Un jeune homme s'essaie à l'harmonica devant Shaky Jake "Can I have a go?"… il s'appelle Mick Jagger.

Malgré son caractère semi confidentiel et improvisé, ce premier festival demeure dans les mémoires comme un événement sans précédent, et nombre de jeunes musiciens en retirent le sentiment exaltant que plus rien ne sera désormais comme avant. De fait, non seulement les enregistrements réalisés à Hamburg le 18 octobre ont propulsé le Shake It Baby de John Lee Hooker au sommet des ventes, mais le marché européen du disque s'est ouvert au blues de manière décisive, se plaçant pour plusieurs années devant le marché américain.

( Patrice Champarou )
http://www.gazettegreenwood.net/an2003/n56/afbf1.htm#haut

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The Blues in France :

C’est l’American Folk Blues Festival (l’A.F.B.F.) qui fait vraiment connaître le blues aux Européens. A la fin des années 50 deux Allemands amateurs de jazz, Horst Lippmann et Fritz Rau, décident de populariser le blues. Ils mettent sur pied un festival avec les artistes John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Helen Humes, Shakey Jake, T. Bone Walker et Jump Jackson. La vocation de ce festival est d’être pédagogique. Les musiciens représentent différents aspects du blues : la cote ouest avec T. Bone, le piedmont avec Sonny Terry et Brownie McGhee, Detroit avec John Lee Hooker... Le livret du festival est très documenté, renseignant à la fois sur les musiciens et sur l’histoire du blues.

       Ce premier festival de blues à lieu à l’Olympia le 20 octobre 1962. Deux séances sont prévues : une à 20 heures et l’autre à 22 heures. Elles sont toutes les deux complètes. Parmi les spectateurs on trouve des amateurs de jazz, mais aussi  un public plus jeune, issu de la mode yé-yé. Le festival est un grand succès. « Comme on peut le constater, ces deux concerts étaient remarquablement conçus et réalisés. A la fois variés et captivants, ils se sont déroulés  pendant plus de deux heures chacun, sans l’ombre d’une monotonie ou d’un ennui quelconque chez les spectateurs » écrit Jacques Demetre. Un incident vient cependant troublé le festival : T. Bone Walker est en train de chanter, il commence à faire le grand écart et à jouer de la guitare dans le dos en même temps. « Ici commence l’affliction : des hués (poussées par une vingtaine de muffles) retentirent pendant ce dernier morceau et reprirent lorsque T. Bone eu fini de jouer ». Le même incident se reproduit quand T. Bone revient sur scène pour le second concert, à la grande colère d’Hugues Panassié qui menace d’en venir aux mains avec les fauteurs de troubles ! Mis à part cet incident, le festival est une vraie réussite. Et Jacques Demetre de conclure : « Pour la première fois en effet, le blues authentique sort des clubs d’initiés et s’installe en position de force dans une des plus grande salle parisienne. Désormais, les portes de Paris sont largement ouvertes aux autres grands du blues : Lightnin’ Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter et B.B. King ».         

       A partir de la fin des années 50 on assiste à un phénomène de popularisation de la musique noire américaine, grâce d’une part à une accélération des études dans les milieux du jazz, d’autre part aux mouvements du rock and roll puis du folk.

       L’A.F.B.F, qui fait véritablement découvrir le blues au grand public français, est la réunion de ces deux phénomènes, ce que montre son public hétéroclite, constitué de personnes de tous âges. Le succès de l’A.F.B.F. est tel que la tournée, qui au départ devait être unique, devient annuel.

( Philippe Sauret )
http://www.gazettegreenwood.net/doc/bluesfrance/part13.htm#_ftnref22

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Blues Story 1962 by Gérard Herzhaft.
Amazon.fr

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Bulletin du Hot Club de France
N°122 - November 1962

















Review of the 2 concerts in Paris by Hugues Panassié

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Review from Michel C about the Olympia Concert : 
Hello Vincent. I do not have many clear memories of this concert if not: T-Bone Walker performing "I Want to See My Baby" by his solo with his guitar over his shoulders,booed by some of the assistance (my old age at the time). Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon performing "Stewball. The artists performing "Bye Bye Baby " in closing the show. John Lee Hooker seemed a little lost all alone with his guitar in the middle of the stage too big for him.
I think at least all the LP tracks were played. I was the first show, I'm not sure there have been two. I'm sorry but it's been almost 49 years now ... and I was 20! That's all I cansay even under torture I'll add anything ... unless you invent but then without me. I hopevery soon to Vincent.

Michel C. pour l'équipe d'Abc Blues & Soul.
(abcbluesandsoul.com)

American Folk Blues Festival : 22 October - Manchester, Free Trade Hall.

Book : First time we met the Blues : A Journey of discovery with Jimmy Page, Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
by David Williams.
Report and picture from Brian Smith of the Manchester concert.
Amazon.co.uk


                                                                                       


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Report on Manchester concert from Jazz Monthly Décember 1962
PDF : https://www.dropbox.com/s/sgusfm7myb2xh2u/Blues%20Festival%20in%20Manchester%2C%20Sunday%2021st%20October%2C1962.pdf?dl=0



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Helen Humes and Memphis Slim ( Backstage ) :
Photo : Tony Standish