British Invasion: Roots

click here 1963 Listen to Britain’s first blues harp hit
 Cyril Davies "Country Line Special"

Cyril Davies British Blues Pioneer a site dedicated to documenting the unsung Father of British Blues Harp, also click this link for The Legacy of Cyril Davies
Early Days at the Marquee Sadly, in my research, I uncovered the sad truth about the British Blues scene. The forefathers and pioneers Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies who nurtured and promoted and influenced such greats as the Stones, Beatles, Manfred Mann etc., were soon over shadowed by their ‘protégées’.

The London Rhythm and Blues scene prior to the Stones:-
In 1954, Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies opened up a club in Soho - The Barrelhouse, for the musicians of that community. In 1961, Korner and Davies formed Blues Incorporated featuring at times Charlie Watts, Long John Baldry, *Graham Bond, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richard, Eric Burdon, Paul Jones, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Dick Heckstall-Smith.

In 1963 Graham Bond, formed the Organization with Bruce, Baker and Dick Heckstall-Smith Baker and Bruce left the Organization to form Cream.

The Marquee 1958\1983 Jubilee Gig: Alexis Korner Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman

Alexis Korner "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer"
Long John Baldry was the voice of Doctor Ivo 'Eggman' Robotnik in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog program during the early nineties.

In 1965, the Hoochie Coochie Men became Steampacket with Baldry and Rod Stewart as male vocalists, Baldry also formed Bluesology featuring Reg Dwight on keyboards, no less!

Long John Baldry

Steam Packet_ Brian Auger


  1. Anonymous22:41

    I was pleased to see your entry about the UK Blues Scene but would you contact me about the unauthorised and uncredited use of copyright materials from my web site - -

    You can alway refer visitors to my site to see and hear the audio and video.

    The use of these materials is limited by the copyright owners.


  2. Whooops, guess a few more people might be chasing me soon ..

    Roger, I have attempted to change info and refer readers to your site.

  3. Several communications have taken place since this comment and everything is 'more than fine'. thanks to you Roger and Ed for your wonderful and helpful advice.

  4. One person who didn't get a mention in the members of Blues Incorporated was Sydney-based jazz pianist, Dave Stevens who was in the band at the same time as Dick Heckstall-Smith, Cyril Davies, Jack Bruce and I believe Charlie Watts.

  5. Hi Rod, doing some research on Dave Stevens and will update shortly.