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Alexis Korner Documentary
Alexis Korner Documentary
Published: 2013/03/22
Channel: Tom Robinson
Alexis Korner- Get Off My Cloud
Alexis Korner- Get Off My Cloud
Published: 2008/11/23
Channel: 45rpmSINGLES
Best of Alexis Korner 1972 to 1983
Best of Alexis Korner 1972 to 1983
Published: 2015/10/10
Channel: Ananda Das
Alexis Korner
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated - Chicken Shack (1964)
Published: 2015/05/29
Channel: ALotOfBottle
Alexis Korner & Steve Marriott - Slow down 1975
Alexis Korner & Steve Marriott - Slow down 1975
Published: 2009/02/06
Channel: fritz51327
Alexis Korner - Honky Tonk Woman
Alexis Korner - Honky Tonk Woman
Published: 2013/12/07
Channel: Spencer2127
Alexis Korner talking about Mick Jagger.wmv
Alexis Korner talking about Mick Jagger.wmv
Published: 2012/06/18
Channel: trev dowson
Alexis Korner & Steve Marriott - One Scotch, one Bourbon, one beer   1975
Alexis Korner & Steve Marriott - One Scotch, one Bourbon, one beer 1975
Published: 2009/06/22
Channel: fritz51304
Alexis Korner And Steve Marriott - Get Off Of My Cloud (live 1975) 0815007
Alexis Korner And Steve Marriott - Get Off Of My Cloud (live 1975) 0815007
Published: 2009/09/12
Channel: Bertha0815007
Alexis Korner And Friends Stormy Monday Blues
Alexis Korner And Friends Stormy Monday Blues
Published: 2009/03/19
Channel: Bocky Ralboa
1967-I Wonder Who (Alexis Korner)
1967-I Wonder Who (Alexis Korner)
Published: 2013/11/11
Channel: Segundo Eduardo Gómez de la Torre
Alexis Korner -Watermelon Man 1967
Alexis Korner -Watermelon Man 1967
Published: 2011/09/26
Channel: 22180692
Early In the Morning (2006 Remastered Version)
Early In the Morning (2006 Remastered Version)
Published: 2017/01/25
Channel: Blues Incorporated - Topic
Alexis Korner
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated - Hoochie Coochie Man
Published: 2008/12/19
Channel: Bocky Ralboa
Alexis Korner - Rock Me
Alexis Korner - Rock Me
Published: 2013/04/14
Channel: Spencer2127
BLUES INCORPORATED -  ALEXIS KORNER AND  CYRIL DAVIES
BLUES INCORPORATED - ALEXIS KORNER AND CYRIL DAVIES
Published: 2015/10/14
Channel: Blues And Jazz Channel
Alexis Korner - Night Time Is The Right Time
Alexis Korner - Night Time Is The Right Time
Published: 2008/12/04
Channel: Roger Smith
Alexis Korner
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated R&B From The Marquee 1962
Published: 2017/07/20
Channel: john koutromanos
Alexis Korner - How Long Blues & Hoochie Coochie Man
Alexis Korner - How Long Blues & Hoochie Coochie Man
Published: 2011/12/20
Channel: Frank Reuter
Alexis Korner - Hey, Good Lookin
Alexis Korner - Hey, Good Lookin'
Published: 2009/01/24
Channel: Bluesofan
Alexis Korner with Rolling Stones members
Alexis Korner with Rolling Stones members
Published: 2006/06/14
Channel: gliedo
alexis korner and the stones the marquee club london
alexis korner and the stones the marquee club london
Published: 2008/06/29
Channel: BILLYKARLOFF
C.C.S. - Whole Lotta Love Alexis Korner
C.C.S. - Whole Lotta Love Alexis Korner
Published: 2014/07/20
Channel: Ljubisa Markovic
ALEXIS KORNER -  ALEXIS (FULL ALBUM)
ALEXIS KORNER - ALEXIS (FULL ALBUM)
Published: 2014/11/16
Channel: JIMBLUESROCK Vol2
Korner.wmv
Korner.wmv
Published: 2011/10/06
Channel: Sergio Chavez
Wyman, Watts and Stu with Alexis Korner
Wyman, Watts and Stu with Alexis Korner
Published: 2006/10/23
Channel: gliedo
Alexis Korner - Stormy Monday Blues
Alexis Korner - Stormy Monday Blues
Published: 2012/08/10
Channel: Spencer2127
Alexis Korner & Friends - Blue monday
Alexis Korner & Friends - Blue monday
Published: 2012/01/10
Channel: simonsaid66
Alexis Korner - Juvenile Delinquent
Alexis Korner - Juvenile Delinquent
Published: 2012/08/12
Channel: Spencer2127
Alexis Korner - Wenn Sorgen Geld wären
Alexis Korner - Wenn Sorgen Geld wären
Published: 2013/12/08
Channel: Spencer2127
Alexis Korner talking about rolling stones in 1982 BBC docu. always made me laugh.wmv
Alexis Korner talking about rolling stones in 1982 BBC docu. always made me laugh.wmv
Published: 2012/05/30
Channel: trev dowson
ALEXIS KORNER - Alexis Korner And Friends ( Full Album) (Vinyl)
ALEXIS KORNER - Alexis Korner And Friends ( Full Album) (Vinyl)
Published: 2016/11/06
Channel: JIMBLUESROCK Vol2
Alexis Korner - Wade In The Water (Mit Klaus Doldinger
Alexis Korner - Wade In The Water (Mit Klaus Doldinger's Passport)
Published: 2014/11/26
Channel: Spencer2127
Alexis Korner  - Blue Monday
Alexis Korner - Blue Monday
Published: 2012/11/24
Channel: The Store For Music
Alexis Korner - Mystic Lady
Alexis Korner - Mystic Lady
Published: 2014/01/04
Channel: Spencer2127
Operator
Operator
Published: 2011/10/07
Channel: Fabrizio L. Gray
ALEXIS KORNER -  CLAY HOUSE INN
ALEXIS KORNER - CLAY HOUSE INN
Published: 2014/11/16
Channel: JIMBLUESROCK CHANNEL
Alexis Korner - Get Off My Cloud
Alexis Korner - Get Off My Cloud
Published: 2011/05/16
Channel: achatscheibe
Alexis Korner - Gotta move
Alexis Korner - Gotta move
Published: 2011/12/24
Channel: Gallos3bit
Alexis Korner Blues Inc  - Little Baby
Alexis Korner Blues Inc - Little Baby
Published: 2015/10/20
Channel: cadlagh1 Bill Kealy
Alexis Korner - Help Me
Alexis Korner - Help Me
Published: 2012/08/12
Channel: Spencer2127
Alexis Korner (Blues Inc.)-She fooled me.
Alexis Korner (Blues Inc.)-She fooled me.
Published: 2010/10/05
Channel: ulladubullab
Alexis Korner & Beefeaters ~
Alexis Korner & Beefeaters ~ ''Stormy Monday''&''Night Train''(Denmark 1969)
Published: 2014/05/27
Channel: Dimitris Koutsiaftis
Alexis Korner
Alexis Korner's All Stars - Woke Up This Morning
Published: 2017/02/27
Channel: Peter Riley
Ottilie Patterson Blues Roll On With Alexis Korner
Ottilie Patterson Blues Roll On With Alexis Korner
Published: 2014/09/01
Channel: dickirish1
Alexis Korner
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated Red Hot From Alex 1964
Published: 2017/07/23
Channel: john koutromanos
Alexis Korner (New Church)-Mighty Mighty........
Alexis Korner (New Church)-Mighty Mighty........
Published: 2010/10/05
Channel: ulladubullab
Alexis Korner
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated 1965
Published: 2017/07/24
Channel: john koutromanos
Alexis Korner - Doggone My Good Luck Soul
Alexis Korner - Doggone My Good Luck Soul
Published: 2012/08/12
Channel: Spencer2127
Alexis Korner & Steve Marriott - Get off of my cloud 1975
Alexis Korner & Steve Marriott - Get off of my cloud 1975
Published: 2008/06/29
Channel: fritz51175
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Alexis Korner
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Alexis Korner & Snape, Musikhalle Hamburg, November 1972
Background information
Birth name Alexis Andrew Nicholas Koerner
Also known as "Father of British Blues"
Born (1928-04-19)19 April 1928
Paris, France
Died 1 January 1984(1984-01-01) (aged 55)
Westminster, London
Genres Blues, blues rock
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, historian, broadcaster
Instruments Vocals, acoustic & electric guitar, Dobro, tiple, piano[1]
Years active 1945–1984
Labels Decca, Polydor, Spot Records, CBS Records, Transatlantic Records, Fontana, RAK Records, Tempo, Brain Records, Liberty, Atlantic/Metronome, 77 Records, Warner Bros., Charisma
Associated acts Blues Incorporated, CCS, Snape

Alexis Andrew Nicholas Koerner (19 April 1928 – 1 January 1984) was a British blues musician and radio broadcaster, who has sometimes been referred to as "a founding father of British blues".[2] A major influence on the sound of the British music scene in the 1960s,[3] Korner was instrumental in bringing together various English blues musicians.

Early career[edit]

Koerner was born in Paris, to an Austrian Jewish father and a Greek mother.[4][5] He spent his childhood in France, Switzerland and North Africa and arrived in London in 1940 at the start of World War II. One memory of his youth was listening to a record by black pianist Jimmy Yancey during a German air raid. Korner said, "From then on all I wanted to do was play the blues."[6]

After the war, Korner played piano and guitar (his first guitar was built by friend and author Sydney Hopkins, who wrote Mister God, This Is Anna) and in 1949 joined Chris Barber's Jazz Band[7] where he met blues harmonica player Cyril Davies. They started playing together as a duo, started the influential London Blues and Barrelhouse Club in 1955 and made their first record together in 1957. Korner made his first official record on Decca Records DFE 6286 in the company of Ken Colyer's Skiffle Group. His talent extended to playing mandolin on one of the tracks of this rare British EP, recorded in London on 28 July 1955. Korner brought many American blues artists, previously virtually unknown in Britain, to perform.[8]

The 1960s[edit]

In 1961, Korner and Davies formed Blues Incorporated,[9] initially a loose-knit group of musicians with a shared love of electric blues and R&B music. The group included, at various times, Charlie Watts, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Long John Baldry, Graham Bond, Danny Thompson and Dick Heckstall-Smith. It also attracted a wider crowd of mostly younger fans, some of whom occasionally performed with the group, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Geoff Bradford, Rod Stewart, John Mayall and Jimmy Page.[10]

Although Cyril Davies left the group in late 1962, Blues Incorporated continued to record, with Korner at the helm, until 1966. However, by that time its originally stellar line-up (and crowd of followers) had mostly left to start their own bands. "While his one-time acolytes the Rolling Stones and Cream made the front pages of music magazines all over the world, Korner was relegated to the role of 'elder statesman'."[6]

Although he himself was a blues purist, Korner criticised better-known British blues musicians during the blues boom of the late 1960s for their blind adherence to Chicago blues, as if the music came in no other form. He liked to surround himself with jazz musicians and often performed with a horn section drawn from a pool that included, among others, saxophone players Art Themen, Mel Collins, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Lol Coxhill,[11] Dick Morrissey, John Surman and trombonist Mike Zwerin.

Broadcasting[edit]

In the 1960s Korner began a media career, working initially as a show business interviewer and then on ITV's Five O'Clock Club, a children's TV show. Korner also wrote about blues for the music papers, and continued to maintain his own career as a blues artist, especially in Europe.

On 17 October 1967, Korner interviewed The Jimi Hendrix Experience for the BBC radio show Top Gear. Some of these tracks, including audio of Korner himself, appear on the Hendrix double-CD BBC Sessions, including Korner playing slide guitar on "(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man".

While touring Scandinavia he formed the band New Church with guitarist and singer Peter Thorup. They subsequently were one of the support bands at the Rolling Stones Free Concert in Hyde Park, London, on 5 July 1969. Jimmy Page reportedly found out about a new singer, Robert Plant, who had been jamming with Korner, who wondered why Plant had not yet been discovered. Plant and Korner were recording an album with Plant on vocals until Page had asked him to join "the New Yardbirds", a.k.a. Led Zeppelin. Only two songs are in circulation from these recordings: "Steal Away" and "Operator".[10] Korner gave one of his last radio interviews to BBC Midlands on the Record Collectors Show with Mike Adams and Chris Savory.

1970s[edit]

Korner and Peter Thorup in Bremen

In 1970 Korner and Thorup formed a big-band ensemble, CCS – short for "The Collective Consciousness Society" – which had several hit singles produced by Mickie Most, including a version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love", which was used as the theme for BBC's Top of the Pops between 1971 and 1981. Another instrumental called "Brother" was used as the theme to the BBC Radio 1 Top 20/40 when Tom Browne/Simon Bates presented the programme in the 1970s. It was also used in the 1990s on Radio Luxembourg for the Top 20 Singles chart. This was the period of Korner's greatest commercial success in the UK.[10] In 1973 he provided a voice part for the Hot Chocolate single release Brother Louie[12].

1970s to 1984[edit]

Korner with Snape

In 1973, he and Peter Thorup formed another group, Snape, with Boz Burrell, Mel Collins, and Ian Wallace, who were previously together in King Crimson. Korner also played on B.B. King's In London album, and cut his own, similar "supersession" album; Get Off My Cloud, with Keith Richards, Steve Marriott, Peter Frampton, Nicky Hopkins and members of Joe Cocker's Grease Band. In the mid-1970s, while touring Germany, Korner established an intensive working relationship with bassist Colin Hodgkinson who played for the support act Back Door. They would continue to collaborate right up until Korner's death.[10]

In the 1970s Korner's main career was in broadcasting. In 1973 he presented a unique 6-part documentary on BBC Radio 1, The Rolling Stones Story,[3] and in 1977 he established a Sunday-night blues and soul show on Radio 1, Alexis Korner's Blues and Soul Show, which ran until 1981. He also used his gravelly voice to great effect as an advertising voice-over artist. In 1978, for Korner's 50th birthday, an all-star concert was held featuring many of his above-mentioned friends, as well as Eric Clapton, Paul Jones, Chris Farlowe, Zoot Money and others, which was later released as The Party Album, and as a video.

In 1981, Korner joined another "supergroup", Rocket 88, a project led by Ian Stewart based on boogie-woogie keyboard players, which featured a rhythm section comprising Jack Bruce and Charlie Watts, among others, as well as a horn section. They toured Europe and released an album on Atlantic Records. He played in Italy with Paul Jones and the Blues Society of Italian bluesman Guido Toffoletti.

Family life and death[edit]

In 1950, Korner married Roberta Melville, daughter of art critic Robert Melville.[13] Korner died of lung cancer aged 55 years, on 1 January 1984.

Album discography (selected UK and other releases)[edit]

  • Blues from the Roundhouse 10" (1957) – Alexis Korner's Breakdown Group
  • R&B from the Marquee (1962) – Blues Incorporated
  • Alexis Korner and Friends (1963) – Blues Incorporated
  • At the Cavern (1964) – Blues Incorporated
  • Red Hot from Alex (1964) – Blues Incorporated
  • Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated (1965) – Blues Incorporated
  • Sky High (1966) – Blues Incorporated
  • I Wonder Who (1967)
  • Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated (re-issue of Sky High) – Blues Incorporated
  • A New Generation of Blues (1968)
  • Both Sides (1970) – New Church
  • CCS 1st (1970) – CCS
  • Alexis Korner (1971)
  • Bootleg Him! (1972)
  • CCS 2nd (1972) – CCS
  • Accidentally Borne in New Orleans[14] (1973) – with Peter Thorup; Snape
  • Live on Tour in Germany (1973) – with Peter Thorup; Snape
  • The Best Band in the Land (1973) – CCS
  • Alexis Korner (1974)
  • Get Off My Cloud (1975)
  • The Lost Album (1977)
  • Just Easy (1978)
  • The Party Album (1979) – Alexis Korner and Friends
  • Me (1980)
  • Rocket 88 (1981) – Rocket 88
  • Juvenile Delinquent (1984)
  • Testament (1985) – with Colin Hodgkinson
  • Live in Paris (1988) – with Colin Hodgkinson

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bob Brunning (1986), Blues: The British Connection, London: Helter Skelter, 2002. ISBN 1-900924-41-2
  • Bob Brunning, The Fleetwood Mac Story: Rumours and Lies, Omnibus Press, 2004; foreword by B.B. King
  • Dick Heckstall-Smith (2004), The Safest Place in the World: A Personal History of British Rhythm and blues, Clear Books. ISBN 0-7043-2696-5. First Edition: Blowing the Blues – Fifty Years Playing the British Blues
  • Christopher Hjort Strange Brew: Eric Clapton and the British Blues Boom, 1965–1970, foreword by John Mayall, Jawbone, 2007. ISBN 1-906002-00-2
  • Harry Shapiro, Alexis Korner: The Biography, London: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 1997; Discography by Mark Troster. ISBN 0-7475-3163-3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'The Alexis Korner Collection'". Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Then, now and rare British beat 1960–1969 by Terry Rawlings, p. 115, at Google Books
  3. ^ a b [1] Archived 3 April 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ iTunes. "Alexis Korner Biography". Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Rolling Stone. "Fricke's Picks: Free, Bluesman Alexis Korner, "Scandinavia Action Jazz"". Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Bruce Eder. "Alexis Korner | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  7. ^ [2] Archived 28 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by Allan F. Moore, p. 9, at Google Books
  9. ^ [3] Archived 28 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ a b c d Shapiro, Harry (1997). Alexis Korner: The Biography. ISBN 0-7475-3163-3. 
  11. ^ "Colin Hodgkinson sessions (The Musicians' Olympus)". Reocities.com. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Brother Louie by Hot Chocolate". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  13. ^ The Times, Obituaries: Alexis Korner, 3 January 1984
  14. ^ ""Accidentally Born in New Orleans" SNAPE". Alexis-korner.net. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 

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