Interesting Stuff

It is with great sadness we have learned of the death of  Paul Harris, the well known UK photographer, writer and rock & roll, blues and R&B fan, who died, following a long illness, on 12th April, just short of his 81st birthday.
Always active, he enjoyed playing squash right up to his mid-seventies, but about three years ago, he developed a spinal cord illness which severely restricted his mobility, meaning he had to cut back on his photographic activities. A major spinal cord operation was only a partial success, and he was later found to have developed colon cancer, necessitating further operations to remove the tumours, leaving him depending on a colostomy bag. Some improvement ensued and it was thought his health had turned a corner, but unfortunately, following recent surgery to remove the colostomy, he suffered a relapse and sadly died.
Paul had been a regular contributor to Blues & Rhythm (and other magazines) almost from the start of publication of B&R. Over many years Paul created a considerable archive of his own photographs of rock and roll, blues, R&B, country and rockabilly artists taken in the UK, Europe and the USA, including many fantastic and historical photos of artists from New Orleans and Louisiana including Fats Domino, Professor Longhair etc.
He was very much a Fats Domino fan, visiting him at his home in New Orleans as well as having one of the prime Fats record collections in the land.
Paul’s photos were regularly used in B&R and other magazines, as well as in books, album and CD covers and booklets. He also contributed reviews, gig reports and articles to B&R as well as Juke Blues, Now Dig This and other specialist music magazines. He battled right to the end, sending B&R photos when ever he could.
Paul was a gentleman, always willing to help. He was familiar to many who will have seen him down at the front of the stage at countless gigs, concerts and festivals with an array of still and video cameras looking for that  perfect shot. He will be missed by his many friends at B&R and in the wider blues/R&B world and we send our condolences to his wife Veronica, son Kevin and other family members. Thanks to Dickie Tapp.

Photo is of Paul Harris with Fats Domino, 20th April, 1981 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.

THE BLUES / R&B TIME-LINE  1619 – 1989

Created by Claus Röhnisch

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Tony Watson delivering the latest issue of B&R to Leeds indie record shop Jumbo Records in July 2018

B&Rs Mike Stephenson interviewed on JSUTV’s Nightique with host Edward St. ‘Pe #8. Just back from the USA, Mike Stephenson was interviewed about the link between the blues and Europe on 15th October.

 Blues & Rhythm Index from B&R 200 By Henk Maaskant Contains index of articles of artists, bands and personalities etc featured in Blues & Rhythm: Index of CD compilation reviews; Index of DVD reviews; Index of Book Reviews; Index of Chris Smith’s ‘Words, Words, Words’; Index of Discographies; Index of Obituaries; Indexes of CDs, LPs and singles. Click here to visit Henk’s site!

Rock The Blues Away (PDF) B&R Contributor Gary Blue’s discography of John Lee Hooker’s Post 1981 Recordings. If you have any additions or corrections please mail him at

Index of CDs and albums reviewed in Blues & Rhythm from Issue #1 to Issue #209 (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet) Research and updates by Rolf Stensletten

B&R 277 ‘Rockabilly Cowboys’ 10 CD Box Set track list (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet) John Cleaves sent us this file with the details of tracks contained in the 10 CD box set, reviewed by Tony Burke. The box set contained only limited information. If you bought the set download this straight away and stick it in the box!

Muddy Waters Discography – by Phil Wight and Fred Rothwell. The definitive discography. Download it here – free, for yourself – but please don’t nick and post it elsewhere. The wrath of B&R will come down on you if you do!

The Ballad Of Geeshie And Elvie A fantastic piece of research into the Paramount recordings of Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas published on 13th April, 2014 in the New York Times Magazine.

The Second Coming Of Billy ‘The Kid Emerson Great article, interview and video of  former Sun blues singer Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson by Jeff Klinkenberg of the Tampa Bay Times. S

Soul’s Holy Grail: Why The Rarest Record In The World Is Causing So Much Fuss – Guardian Blog

Coveting Vintage Discs in a Digital Universe New York Times

How To Clean A 78rpm Record by Joe Bussard

Preview of new film: This Ain’t No Mouse