Jagger Picks Blues Fav’s
Mick started out as a blues singer.
I ran across this article on his Top 10 Blues songs, and why he chose them. Enjoy.
#1 “I Got to Go” Little Walter, 1955
It’s a fast, weird tempo — a train rhythm, because it’s an on-the-move song. Little Walter was a big influence — the Charlie Parker of harmonica.
#2 “First Time I Met the Blues” Buddy Guy, 1960
He was a virtuoso. B.B. King and Otis Rush were influential on a lot of British guitar players, but Buddy had more virtuosity and different licks to nick. He had a vocal style that was harsher than everyone else.
#3 “40 Days and 40 Nights” Muddy Waters, 1956
It’s got these religious overtones that give it a poignancy. You could have picked so many tracks by him, but this one gives you a shiver when you put it on.
#4 “Stones in My Passway” Robert Johnson, 1937
One of the essences of Robert Johnson is the eeriness, and this one illustrates that — the lyrics, the way he delivers it. The thing about blues lyrics is you never know who wrote them. They’re a patchwork of composition — people take a line, embellish it with their own verses. But I never heard anything like this. This seems quite original.
For the rest of the list check out the link below.