Bad Penny Blues (1956)

Humphrey Lyttleton

A great rockin’ upbeat blues record that set many English people on the road to the Blues. Played at the Twisted Wheel in 64’/65′ by Roger Eagle the DJ. I don’t think it was the 78 that he played more likely it was on an LP. “Lady Madonna” by the Beatles owes quite a lot to it (listen to both!)

“Bad Penny Blues” was arguably the starting point for British appreciation of the Blues.

Now this guy may well have started the whole thing off in England… with introduction of the blues..

Roger was also the catalyst or starting point for Blues and Soul in Manchester.

If they ever want to remember where and who started everything that led to ‘Northern Soul‘ then they should erect a statue of Roger in Brazennose street –  opposite the statue of Abraham Lincoln would be a nice spot.

Trumpeter and band leader ‘Humph’ has a comedy quiz show on BBC Radio 4 (‘Sorry I haven’t a clue’)  and was the original owner of the 100 Club in London.

Humphrey Littleton’s ‘Bad Penny Blues,’ was probably the first British Blues track. It inspired lots of up and coming singers and groups in the UK and later the Beatles did do something with it, subliminally?

Lady Madonna (Lennon and McCartney)
The Rhythm track was probably taken from Humphrey Littleton’s ‘Bad Penny Blues,’ which he took from Dan Burley.

Born  23rd May 1921

Died  26th April 2008

Wikipedia: Humphrey Littleton


Humphrey Lyttleton – Bad Penny Blues, YouTube


Humphrey Lyttleton

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