Caption: Distinctive graphics were also a part of the American Folk Blues Festival Tours, including this LP cover of recordings from 1962
Distinctive graphics were also a part of the American Folk Blues Festival Tours, including this LP cover of recordings from 1962 

Blues Unlimited #112 - The American Folk Blues Festival Tours (Part 1: 1962-1966)

From: Steve Franz
Series: Blues Unlimited
Length: 01:58:59

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We pay tribute to a legendary series of concerts organized by two German men, Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau, beginning in 1962. Known as the American Folk Blues Festival Tours, they were hugely popular through the 1960s, and helped introduce the Blues to a new, young, European audience. (Part 1 of 2)

Afbf_62_bru90124_small The now-legendary American Folk Blues Festival Tours were organized by two German concert promoters, Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau. These annual events, which were widely popular and hugely influential, started in 1962 and brought a veritable 'Who's Who' of the Blues Universe overseas and put them in front of a young and enthusiastic European audience. To some eager concert goers -- such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, and Jimmy Page (just to name a few) -- it was a chance to see some of their heroes, live and on-stage, for the very first time -- some of whom had been little more than names on a record label up until then. For the musicians on the tour, it was a rare opportunity to be exposed to a wider audience, receive a decent pay check for a change, and be treated like dignitaries and visiting royalty. Their presence in Europe -- and especially England -- helped galvanize the burgeoning Blue scene in London, and helped fuel the ongoing Blues Revival in the States.

Piece Description

The now-legendary American Folk Blues Festival Tours were organized by two German concert promoters, Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau. These annual events, which were widely popular and hugely influential, started in 1962 and brought a veritable 'Who's Who' of the Blues Universe overseas and put them in front of a young and enthusiastic European audience. To some eager concert goers -- such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, and Jimmy Page (just to name a few) -- it was a chance to see some of their heroes, live and on-stage, for the very first time -- some of whom had been little more than names on a record label up until then. For the musicians on the tour, it was a rare opportunity to be exposed to a wider audience, receive a decent pay check for a change, and be treated like dignitaries and visiting royalty. Their presence in Europe -- and especially England -- helped galvanize the burgeoning Blue scene in London, and helped fuel the ongoing Blues Revival in the States.

Timing and Cues

Hour 1: 00:00 - 1:01:15
In Cue: "Welcome to Blues Unlimited..."
Out Cue (at 1:00:15): "...more to come, right after this break."

Break (60 second music bed): 1:00:15 - 1:01:15

Hour 2: 1:01:15 - 1:58:58
In Cue: "And welcome back to the show..."
Out Cue (at 1:55:49): "...next time, right here on Blues Unlimited."

Note: from 1:55:49 to 1:58:58, an untitled instrumental closes the show.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
We're Gonna Rock Memphis Slim American Folk Blues Festival '62. L+R 1962 03:03
I Wanna See My Baby T-Bone Walker American Folk Blues Festival '62. L+R 1962 03:21
Shake It Baby John Lee Hooker The Ultimate Collection 1948-1990. Rhino 1962 04:09
I'm Crazy 'Bout You Baby Sonny Terry American Folk Blues Festival '62. L+R 1962 03:28
Wish Me Well Memphis Slim American Folk Blues Festival '63. L+R 1963 03:05
Matt's Guitar Boogie Matt "Guitar" Murphy American Folk Blues Festival '63. L+R 1963 05:29
I Feel Like Cryin' Muddy Waters Lost Blues Tapes / More American Folk Blues Festival 1963-65. ACT 1963 05:07
Going Down Slow (Had My Fun) Otis Spann Lost Blues Tapes / More American Folk Blues Festival 1963-65. ACT 1963 03:33
Your Love For Me Is True Sonny Boy Williamson Lost Blues Tapes / More American Folk Blues Festival 1963-65. ACT 1963 04:51
Another Night To Cry Lonnie Johnson The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 (Vol. 1). Hip-O 1963 03:19
Back In The Bottom Big Joe Williams American Folk Blues Festival 'Sixty-Two to 'Sixty-Five. Evidence 1963 03:17
I'm A Tearing Little Daddy Sleepy John Estes American Folk Blues Festival '64. L+R 1964 02:12
No Title Boogie Hubert Sumlin American Folk Blues Festival '64. L+R 1964 04:04
Mojo Hand Lightnin' Hopkins The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 (Vol. 1). Hip-O 1964 03:13
Shake For Me Howlin' Wolf The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 (Vol. 1). Hip-O 1964 03:41
First Time I Met The Blues Buddy Guy American Folk Blues Festival '65. L+R 1965 04:33
Christine Big Walter Horton American Folk Blues Festival '65. L+R 1965 04:04
My Black Name Is Ringing Doctor Ross American Folk Blues Festival '65. L+R 1965 04:33
Slow Down J.B. Lenoir Best of American Folk Blues Festivals '63-'66. P-Vine 1965 01:51
Got A Letter This Morning Mississippi Fred McDowell Lost Blues Tapes Vol. 1 / American Folk Blues Festival 1963-65. ACT 1965 03:11
Louise Robert Pete Williams American Folk Blues Festival '66. L+R 1966 04:26
Hoodoo Man Blues Junior Wells The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 (Vol. 1). Hip-O 1966 03:30
Running The Boogie Roosevelt Sykes American Folk Blues Festival '66. L+R 1966 04:48
My Own Fault Otis Rush Best of American Folk Blues Festivals '63-'66. P-Vine 1966 05:54
Roll 'Em Pete Big Joe Turner American Folk Blues Festival '66. L+R 1966 02:29
Bye Bye Blues Otis Spann, Big Joe Williams, Sonny Boy Williamson, et al The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1969 (Vol. 2). Hip-O 1963 05:36
Untitled Instrumental Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker, Willie Dixon, et al Jazz Gehort und Gesehen (Jazz Heard and Seen) . Sudwestfunk (German TV) 1962 03:09

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