Monday, November 19, 2012

OPINION: The 3 Best Electric Blues Songs of All Time

Gary Moore
Cover of Gary Moore
by Joe T Wiseman

The blues is as rich a form of music as any other. Too often music lovers write the blues off as being too sad to listen to.

The truth is that the blues is full of toe tapping energy, the richness of life and often full of humour. The only question is; which are the 3 best electric blues songs of all time? Here is my list. I suggest that the top 3 are:

The Thrill is Gone

B.B. King is known by blues fans everywhere as the "king of the blues." His signature style is immediately recognizable and played on his custom made Gibson ES-355 named "Lucille" after one of his early songs of the same name. "The Thrill is Gone" was written by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell, in 1951, but it was B.B. who gave the song its life and energy when he recorded it in June of 1969.

It was the biggest hit of B.B.'s career and topped at number 15 on the Billboard charts. Irregardless of who plays the song, you cannot help but think of "the king" when you listen. B.B. first heard the song when he was a DJ in the 1950's and played the Roy Hawkins version. One thing is certain, the thrill of hearing B.B. play this song will be never gone!

Red House

There is no telling how great Jimi Hendrix would eventually have become. He was arguably one of the greatest guitarists ever and demonstrates his blues roots in this 12 bar classic. The intro and the solo are out of this world in complexity and creativity.

I remember first hearing the intro and being dazzled by its power having no idea it was Hendrix. It was the first time I had ever heard him play the 12 bar blues. The story is the classic blues theme of love and loss as our hero goes home and finds his partner is no longer there. I was amazed to learn that it was originally recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966, long before Jimi became a household name.

Our band immediately picked up the song and we played it on numerous occasions in the Stephenville area. It became a favorite of all who heard it and has remained one of my favorites and will be for a long time.

Still Got the Blues

Gary Moore who died of an alcohol related heart attack at the age of 58 was early on in his career the lead guitarist for groups Skid Row and Thin Lizzy. His greatest mentor and influence was Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac and eventually purchased Green's 1959 Standard Les Paul guitar.

The song "Still Got the Blues" and the album of the same name is arguably the greatest contribution that Moore made to the blues. The solo is enchanting and cannot be played only once. It solidly established Moore's solo career and resoundingly announced his return to the blues.

Whether or not you agree with my picks, there can be no argument that these are some of the best electric blues songs of all time. If you like blues or folk songs you might also like to check out Smokin' Joe Wiseman at He has covered traditional folk songs and writes his own. Click here to download a copy of his latest single for free.

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