A documentary series about the origin and history of The Blues.
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Series cast summary:
B.B. King ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2003
Pinetop Perkins Pinetop Perkins ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2003
Ike Turner Ike Turner ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2003
Dick Waterman Dick Waterman ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2003
Tommy Redmond Hicks Tommy Redmond Hicks ...  Uncle Buddy 1 episode, 2003
Chris Thomas King ...  Blind Willie Johnson 1 episode, 2003
Keith B. Brown Keith B. Brown ...  Skip James 1 episode, 2003
Nathaniel Lee Jr. ...  Jr. 1 episode, 2003
James Hughes James Hughes ...  H.C. Speirs 1 episode, 2003
Carl Lumbly ...  Himself - Narrator 1 episode, 2003
Ivy Cassel Ivy Cassel ...  Walking man 1 episode, 2003
David F. Hughes David F. Hughes ...  Art Laibely 1 episode, 2003
Shayne Tingle Shayne Tingle ...  Sound engineer 1 episode, 2003
Frances Horton White Frances Horton White ...  Peaches 1 episode, 2003
Joy Brashears Joy Brashears ...  Secretary 1 episode, 2003
Susan McWilliams Susan McWilliams ...  Love Grace 1 episode, 2003
Tommie Tc Carter Tommie Tc Carter ...  Honeyboy 1 episode, 2003
Goodman. Wille Goodman. Wille ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Colleen White Colleen White ...  Bobbie Grace 1 episode, 2003
Vasti Jackson Vasti Jackson ...  Guitar Player 1 episode, 2003
Nathaniel Lee Sr. Nathaniel Lee Sr. ...  W.C. Handy 1 episode, 2003
Ted Davis Ted Davis ...  Walter 1 episode, 2003
Ilona W. Wilkes Ilona W. Wilkes ...  Bar Owner 1 episode, 2003
Jay R. Unger Jay R. Unger ...  Reverend Taylor 1 episode, 2003
Ahmir Ahmir ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Marcia Ball Marcia Ball ...  Herself 1 episode, 2003
Chris Barber Chris Barber ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
David Barnes David Barnes ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Beck ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jeff Beck ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
James Blood Ulmer James Blood Ulmer ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Dave Brubeck ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Eric Burdon ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
T Bone Burnett ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Dr. Louis Cannonball Cantor Dr. Louis Cannonball Cantor ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Sam Carr Sam Carr ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Nick Cave ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Ray Charles ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Eagle Eye Cherry ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jamar Chess Jamar Chess ...  Himself, Marshall Chess's son 1 episode, 2003
Marshall Chess Marshall Chess ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Phil Chess Phil Chess ...  Himself, co-founder of Chess Records 1 episode, 2003
Chuck D ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Eric Clapton ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jon Cleary Jon Cleary ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Common ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Shemekia Copeland ...  Herself 1 episode, 2003
Elvis Costello ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Toumani Diabaté Toumani Diabaté ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jim Dickinson Jim Dickinson ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Lonnie Donegan Lonnie Donegan ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Dr. John ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Clint Eastwood ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jack Elliott ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Georgie Fame Georgie Fame ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Chris Farlowe Chris Farlowe ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Laurence Fishburne ...  Himself - Narrator 1 episode, 2003
Mick Fleetwood ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Rosco Gordon Rosco Gordon ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Davy Graham Davy Graham ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Henry Gray Henry Gray ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Peter Green ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Corey Harris Corey Harris ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Bert Jansch Bert Jansch ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Garland Jeffreys Garland Jeffreys ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Ian Jennings Ian Jennings ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Morris Jennings Morris Jennings ...  Himself, Electric Mud drummer 1 episode, 2003
Pete Johnson Pete Johnson 1 episode, 2003
Pete Jolly Pete Jolly ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion ...  Themselves 1 episode, 2003
Tom Jones ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Salif Keita Salif Keita ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Don Kern Don Kern ...  Himself (WDIA Production Manager) 1 episode, 2003
Pete King Pete King ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Willie King Willie King ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Bob Koester Bob Koester ...  Himself, owner, Delmark Records 1 episode, 2003
Habib Koité Habib Koité ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Sam Lay Sam Lay ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Albert Lee Albert Lee ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Los Lobos ...  Themselves 1 episode, 2003
Lulu ...  Herself 1 episode, 2003
Humphrey Lyttelton Humphrey Lyttelton ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Taj Mahal ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
John Mayall ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2003
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A documentary series about the origin and history of The Blues.

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Documentary | Music

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Official Sites:

PBS

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A blues See more »

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The ghost that Jr. saw of W.C. Handy was played by his own father, Nathaniel Lee Sr. See more »

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I would have enjoyed additional history & hearing more of the old time blues singers.
4 October 2003 | by JakerooSee all my reviews

I rated the 7 episodes from 8 to 10 and gave it an 8 overall (The 7th episode getting the only 10). If there had been more music and less talking, I would have enjoyed it better. Fuller biographies would have been nice too. Marshall Chess is a walking encyclopedia of the old time blues and was the best talker. It was still a great mini-series and well worth watching.


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