Saturday, December 25, 2010

Mick Jagger Picks His Top 10 Classic Blues Songs

Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger has named his 10 favorite classic blues songs, as part of Rolling Stone magazine’s “Playlist” series, which features famous artists listing their top music in various categories. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards compiled a list of his 10 favorite roots and reggae songs as part of the series.

Jagger tells Rolling Stone: “I tried to cover different styles and eras, although it is weighted toward the ‘50s. Pop music in Britain used to be filtered through a big machine. With these records, you got the feeling that it was coming to you directly, with an earthiness that spoke of another existence. John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, Big Bill Broonzy — they were also on television. It was considered folk art in Britain. It was slightly patronizing, but the essence of it was out there.”

Here is Jagger’s list:

1. “I Got to Go” Little Walter, 1955
2. “First Time I Met the Blues” Buddy Guy, 1960
3. “40 Days and 40 Nights” Muddy Waters, 1956
4. “Stones in My Passway” Robert Johnson, 1937
5. “Lonely Avenue” Ray Charles, 1956
6. “Cold Shot” Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1984
7. “Everybody Knows About My Good Thing” Z.Z. Hill, 1982
8. “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” Blind Willie Johnson, 1927
9. “Forty Four” Howlin’ Wolf, 1954
10. “Going Down” Freddie King, 1971

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