British Blues – Biographies

Here are a series of biographies of early British blues artists and bands including those from the British Blues Archive:


The Animals – one of the most important bands of the British blues/R&B scene in the 60s.

The Big Town Playboys

The Blues Band

Graham Bond – one of the founding fathers of the 60s British blues scene.

Savoy Brown – British blues/rock band formed by Kim Simmonds and John O’Leary in 1965 and still performing to this day.

Chicken Shack – blues band founded in the mid-1960s by Stan Webb, Andy Sylvester, Alan Morley and later joined by Christine Perfect (McVie).

Eric Clapton

Cyril Davies – one of the first British blues harmonica players who pioneered amplified Chicago-style Blues Harp in the UK and formed Britain’s first popular ‘purist’ Chicago Blues Band.

Spencer Davis

Fleetwood Mac

Otis Grand

Peter Green – a major figure in the ‘second great epoch’ of the British blues movement; founder of Fleetwood Mac.

The Groundhogs – a British blues/rock band formed in 1963 by Tony “TS” McPhee and active for some 40+ years

Keef Hartley – drummer and leader of the Keef Hartley Band; also achieving notoriety as John Mayall’s drummer.

Paul Jones

Dave Kelly

Jo Ann Kelly

Alexis Korner – formed the UK’s (and the world’s) first all-white, electric Blues Band; established the UK’s first Blues Clubs (The London Blues & Barrelhouse Club & The Ealing Club); and inspired a generation of new British Blues and R&B musicians.

Paul Lamb

Manfred Mann – R&B, jazz and blues band, regularly in the 60s singles and album charts.

John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers

The Pretty Things – English rock band of the early 60s and still going strong, celebrating their 50th anniversary tour in 2013.

Ten Years After – British blues/rock band formed in late 1960s by Alvin Lee and Leo Lyons.

The Yardbirds – English blues band on the 60s, launching the careers of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck

more coming soon …