Blacknbluenote showcases the artwork of talented musician and artist, Glenn Stevenson and his passion for the pioneering African American blues musicians on the Chitlan Circuit in segregated America, to hiphop artist Tupac and Rock guitarists such as Jimmy Page and Gary Moore.
Making art affordable, Glenn produces framed originals for sale and greetings cards that are designed to be framed and enjoyed.
Here are the legends…
T-Bone Walker, T-Bone *
Born on 28th May 1910 as Aaron Thibeaux “T-Bone” Walker in Linden Texas of African-American and Cherokee decent. A pioneer and innovator of the Jump Blues and Electric Blues sound. As a band leader, composer and musician, T-Bone also played the piano, violin, banjo, ukulele and mandolin. He was also an accomplished singer and at 15 was a professional performer on the Blues Chitlan Circuit. Walker was posthumously awarded into the Blues Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1980, after his death in 1975.
His famous recording of Stormy Monday was a huge influence for Chuck Berry and Louis Jordan.
John Lee Hooker *
Born in Mississippi on 22nd August 1917, Hooker was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. He rose to fame performing an electric guitar-style adaptation of the Delta Blues. Hooker often incorporated other elements, including talking blues, and early North Mississippi Hill country blues. Hooker developed his own driving-rhythm boogie style and piano-derived boogie-woogie. Two of Hookers songs “Boogie Chillen” and “Boom Boom” are included the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 songs that shaped Rock and Roll. Hooker also received 5 Grammy Awards.
Hooker died peacefully in his sleep on 21st June 2001 in Los Altos, California.
Blues Rock Guitarist Robert William Gary Moore, was born in Belfast on 4th April 1952. He picked up a battered acoustic guitar a the age of 10 and made his debut in the school band, before getting his first Fender Telecaster aged 14, despite being left handed, played a right handed instrument. Moore played with Phil Lynott and Brian Downey during his teenage years and subsequently joined Skid Row, Thin Lizzy and later Colosseum II. Moore also shared the stage with his mentors, blues and rock musicians such as BB King, Albert King, John Mayall, Jack Bruce, Albert Collins and George Harrison.
Moore died of a heart attack on 6 February 2011
Born as McKinley Morganfield in 1915 at Stovall Plantation, Mississippi, before later moving to Chicago to become a professional musician, playing the guitar and harmonica. Often known as the “father of modern Chicago blues” , he played at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960 where he recorded his first live album.
Waters influence was tremendous, not just on blues and rhythm and blues but on rock and roll, hard rock, folk music, jazz and country music. His amplification is often cited as the link between Delta blues and rock and roll. Waters achievements were recognised with 6 Grammy’s, a Grammy lifetime award, 4 songs in the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and 5 Blues Music Award.
Waters passed away in his sleep on 30th April 1983 in Westmont, Illinois.
B.B. King *
Riley B King born on 16th September 1925 was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter and record producer, he introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that influenced many electric blues guitarists. Nicknamed the “King of the Blues” and considered one of the “Three Kings of the blues Guitar” along with Albert King and Freddie King. Born on a cotton plantation in Mississippi, his interest in singing started at the Pentecostal Church, where the minister taught him his first three cords. B.B. played guitars by various manufacturers including Fender Esquire and Gibson ES-355. In 1980 Gibson Guitar Corporation launched a B.B. King Lucille model. In 2005 Gibson made a special run of 80 Gibson Lucilles, referred to as the “80th birthday Lucille”, the first prototype of which was given as a gift to B.B, which he used thereafter.
With many accolades including 15 Grammy’s, Honorary Doctorate at Yale and many many more………
B.B. died aged 89 peacefully in his sleep and was laid to rest in the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi.
Louis Armstrong, Satchmo, Satch, Pops *
Louise Daniel Armstrong was an American Trumpeter, composer, singer and occasional actor who was one of the most influential figures in Jazz. Born 1901 in New Orleans, he came to prominence in the 1920s as an “inventive” trumpet and cornet player and was a foundational influence in Jazz ,shifting the focus from collective improvisation to solo performance.
The influence of Armstrong on the development of Jazz is immeasurable, with his unique tone and extraordinary talent for melodic improvisation and he was a pioneer for scat singing. Armstrong was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972, he also had 12 Grammy’s, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and film honors.
Against doctors advice Armstrong played a two week engagement in March 1971 at The Waldorf-Astoria and suffered a heart attack and was hospitalised, he quickly resumed playing his beloved trumpet but died of a heart attack on 6th July 1971 in New York.
Ray Charles, The Genius of Soul, Brother Ray, The High Priest *
The pioneer of soul music was born 23th September 1930 in Albany Georgia as Raymond Charles Robinson, with a difficult start in life, he developed glaucoma and was blind by the age of 7. Charles attended the State School for Deaf and Blind Children in Florida and studied classical music and learn to play the piano and several other instruments. Becoming an orphan as a teenager, he was excluded from school and under the tutelage of Robert Blackwell he met 15 year old Quincy Jones. Charles received many accolades as recognition of his musical influence, to name just a few; Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, inducted to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
Hound Dog Taylor *
Theodore Roosevelt “Hound Dog” Taylor born on 12th April 1915 in Nachez, Mississippi. An American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, Hound Dog was favoured amongst guitar players for having six fingers on each hand and after a night drinking, cut off his sixth fingers with a razor. He moved to Chicago in 1942 and became a full time musician and in 1957, was playing in the open air Maxwell Street Market with his electrified slide guitar on his cheap Japanese Teisco.
Taylor was postumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1984.
Robert Nesta Marley, born on 6th February 1945 in Jamaica and died on 11th May 1981 from Melanoma at just 36. Bob was an iconic musician and recognised for his influence on global music with Reggae from his native Jamaica. Marley started out in 1963 with his Reggae and Ska band the Wailers until 1974, when Bob then pursued a solo career and relocated to England. He released his album Exodus in 1977 which established his worldwide reputation as one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, with 75 million records. Exodus stayed in the UK album charts for 56 consecutive weeks, including singles “Exodus”, “Waiting in Vain”, “Jamming” and “One love” . In 1984, three years after Marley’s death, his greatest hits album “Legend” was release which subsequently became the best-selling reggae album. Marley was a Pan Africanist and believed in the unity of African people, his believes were routed in his Rastafarian religious beliefs which were strongly represented in his music.
Saul Hudson, “Slash” Born on 23th July 1965 is an English-American musician and songwriter and is considered one of the greatest rock guitarists. He achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. During his later years with Guns N’ Roses, Slash formed the side project, Slash’s Snakepit. After leaving Guns N’ Roses in 1996, he co-founded the supergroup Velvet Revolver, which re-established him as a mainstream performer in the mid to late 2000. Slash has released three solo albums: Slash (2010), featuring an array of guest musicians, Apocalyptic Love(2012) and World on Fire (2014), recorded with his band, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. He returned to Guns N’ Roses in 2016
Jimmy Page, OBE
Born as James Patrick Page on 9th January 1944 in West London. Page started out as a studio session musician in London and he joined the Yardbirds from 1966 to 1968 before finding international success as the guitarist and founder of rock band Led Zepplin. Page is widely considered to be the of the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time. Largely self taught, his first guitar was a second had 1959 Futurama Grazioso which he replaced with a Fender Telecaster. Page enjoyed the blues sounds of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Freddie King and the was a fan of skiffle, which was considered the start of mixing rock and blues.
Jimi Hendrix *
James Marshall “Jimi”Hendrix, was born on 27th November 1942 in Seattle and died in London on 18th September 1970 aged 27. An American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter from mixed African American and Cherokee parents. Hendrix started playing the guitar at the age of 15 on the Chitlin’ Circuit and later playing with the legendary Isley Brothers, Little Richard, Curtis Knight and The Squires. Jimi moved to England in 1966 and was discovered by Chas Chandler and followed by 3 top ten UK hits, “Hey Joe’, “Purple Haze”, and the “The Wind Cries Mary”. inspired by American rock and roll and electric blues. Hendrix favours the Fender Stratocaster with overdriven amp and wah-wah pedal. Glenn’s artwork depicts Hendrix’s Purple Haze Era.
Tupac Amaru Shakur, AKA Tupac, 2Pac, MC New York and Makaveli
Tupac was a Rapper and actor born in Harlem on 16th June 1971 who died tragically as a result of a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas aged 25 – his attacker was never captured. His double-disc album, All Eyez on M, which was released earlier that year became one of the best selling albums in the United States and he amassed over 75 million in global sales. Tupac’s work has been noted for displaying contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities, and considered as one of the best rappers of all time. Tupac became heavily involved in the growing East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry.
*The Chitlin Circuit is a collection of venues throughout the United States where it was acceptable for African American musicians and entertainers to perform during racial segregation up to the 1960’s. Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker and B.B. King are just a few of the many performers who were on the circuit.