The list gets longer…

Work on the Boom Boom book of rare Blues photographs is nearing completion and the final stage is to sit down with Brian and get his personal recollections of taking the pictures, the shows, the clubs and of course meeting all these amazing musicians (and whether they took him at cards or not!). Most of the photo selection has now been made so we can come up with a more complete list of artists who Brian photographed in the early sixties and appear in the book (though new images are still turning up, so this may get even longer.) If you want to get the latest on this title do please join our mailing list, which is linked from the book’s news page on this site.
In the meantime here is another of Brian’s treasured signed personal photos (which he had to get a friend to take!) meeting Bo Diddley backstage.

Bo-Diddley-and-Brian-Smith, American Blues photographs

BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM FEATURING : Johnny Guitar Watson, Big Joe Turner, Chuck Berry, Sunny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Hubert Sumlin, Howlin Wolf, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Carl Perkins, Fred Below, Gary US Bonds, Eddie Boyd, The Chants, Charlie and Inez Foxx, Clifton James, Rev. Gary Davis, Sugar Pie Desanto, Willie Dixon, Sleepy John Estes, Hammie Nixon, Lightning Hopkins, J B Lenoir, Jerry Lee Lewis, Larry Williams, Little Walter, Lonesome Jimmy Lee, Memphis Slim, Millie Small, Otis Span, Jimmy Reed, Doctor Ross, Joe Richardson, The Shirelles, Sunny Boy Williamson, Sunnyland Slim, Roosevelt Sykes, Eddie Playboy Taylor, Big Mamma Thornton, T-Bone Walker, Walter Horton, Muddy Waters. The Rolling Stones, Tony McPhee and The Groundhogs, Alex Harvey, Johnny Cash, Duane Eddy also feature and there is a special bonus section of images shot at Granada TV during musician’s rehearsals for the Scene At 6.30 news shows.

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Carl Perkins, Brian Smith, Sheffield City Hall May 14. 1964Not that the compiler of our upcoming book of vintage blues photographs Boom Boom Boom Boom needs to prove his bona fides, but we couldn’t resist showing these two great images which photographer Brian Smith sent us to go with his author profile on the Easy On The Eye Books site.  The first image was taken backstage in the dressing room at Sheffield City Hall in 1964, and shows Brian with one of his musical heroes Carl Perkins.  Brian went on to run Carl’s UK fan club for several years.
Brian was also the official photographer for Manchester based R & B Scene throughout the life of the magazine. But while he mostly took pictures, on this occasion the tables were turned for a publicity shot with Screaming Jay Hawkins – which the editor thought would make a great cover image!  This issue came out in 1965.

R & B Scene cover issue 6 Screaming Jay Hawkins and Brian Smith

 

Blues Boom

An early heads up on a work in progress, this visually fascinating collection of rare blues photographs taken in Manchester and area in the early sixties, capturing many visiting American Blues giants on stage and in more candid moments. Boom Boom Boom Boom is due later in 2014, and you can read more on the site.

Brian Smith American Blues photographs 1960sBo Diddley Manchester Boom Boom Easy On The Eye Books