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Blues and “big-legged women”

"Big-legged" was the original celebratory code phrase for the female backside. Obviously, if you had big legs then they must culminate in an upper thigh/backside of similar proportions. The term "...
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What is the longest recorded version of "Freebird", by Lynyrd Skynyrd

The original, unedited and full version ends just after 10 minutes, however there is a "demo" version that plays up to eleven minutes and nine seconds, and there are various live albums that feature ...
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How can the blues be linked to hip hop / rap music?

There's a hip hop relationship with the blues, but perhaps a distant one and not too evident. There aren't many traces, if any, of the more traditional blues in hip hop. No 12 bar form and no blues ...
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What is the longest recorded version of "Freebird", by Lynyrd Skynyrd

14.58 is listed as the time for an alternate version on the expanded One More from the Road disc. The Southern By the Grace Of God version is 14.51.
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Musical difference between "Chicago blues" and "Detroit blues"

They're really just more to tell where a blues performer is from rather then describe the music as Chicago blues is blues from Chicago and Detroit blues is from Detroit. Just in general in music ...
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When was blues first called "the Devil's music"?

Shortly after the emancipation of black Americans in the United States, leisure activities were being demanded by this overworked and disenfranchised sector of the country. Juke joints, speakeasies ...
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What year was "Don't Play Me Cheap" by Louis Armstrong recorded, and what jazz style is it?

According to discogs, "Don't Play Me Cheap" by Louis Armstrong was recorded on April 26, 1933, and released a little under a year later, on April 4, 1934. Discogs also lists the song as being of the ...
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About Guitar Moves with Keith Richards: "There's Two Sides to Every Story"

LOL. OK, this is just Keith Richards having no brain cells left, and a really thick British accent. What he's saying there is "He goes..." (meaning, "He plays it like this..."), but it comes out ...
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Why does Led Zeppelin have such a significant place in the rock'n'roll pantheon?

It's true that Led Zeppelin were notorious music thieves (with "Lemon Song" being a particularly infamous example). Like many other British musicians of the time, they had an unpleasant tendency to ...
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Main difference between Soul/Funk/R&B

Wheat's excellent answer covers the context, but read on for an (admittedly subjective) evaluation of the musical differences: R&B has encompassed many different styles over its lifetime, and ...
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Mods vs Rockers - who won?

First I would like to define the terms Mods and Rockers, according to Wikipedia: Rockers The rocker subculture was centred on motorcycling, and their appearance reflected that. Rockers generally wore ...
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What genre is the song "The Blues Done Come Back" by Count Basie Orchestra?

This song is swing music, a subdivision of jazz. Swing is also often referred to as "big-band music". Swing was at the height of its popularity in the 1930's and 40's. It was already declining in ...
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Who recorded Rusty Dusty Blues for the first time?

Louis Jordan also recorded it in 1946 ( http://www.discogs.com/Louis-Jordan-And-His-Tympany-Five-Louis-Jordan-And-His-Tympany-Five/release/4552135 ), but to the best of my knowledge, the Count Basie ...
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What are the nights in the Eric Clapton's 24 nights album?

From Wikipedia: The album is a "best of" from the 42 concerts Eric Clapton did at the Royal Albert Hall in those two years. Clapton set a record by playing a run of 24 nights at the London ...
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Why John Mayer is not considered par with other guitarists like BB King, Eric Clapton?

I think that the original response is a little unfair given the self-proclaimed inexperience of the questioner. It all largely comes down to a matter of taste. Music buyers (you and me) on the whole ...
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How can the blues be linked to hip hop / rap music?

This is mainly intended as a supplement to @JoséDavid's excellent answer. Nearly every indigenous American musical form (other than Native American music) descends or was in some way influenced by ...
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Johnny Winter on Muddy Waters Mannish Boy?

Those divine screams are definitely Johnny Winters'. Sleeve notes credit him Producer, Guitar, Voice [Miscellaneous Screaming] – Johnny Winter You can also see on this CD inner sleeve:
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Why John Mayer is not considered par with other guitarists like BB King, Eric Clapton?

Mayer is known as a great guitarist, but not a particularly innovative one. The guitarists you cited were of an earlier generation, and helped pioneer the characteristic sound of the electric guitar. ...
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What does Son House mean when he refers to "jumping" with regard to the blues?

This is just an educated guess, but I think he's talking (derisively) about dancing. Classic blues is not a dance music, whereas R&B and Rock and Roll, both descended from the blues, are often ...
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Who is Sister Irene in "Going Down" by Freddie King?

with no certainty, I'd guess at the nun who ran the children's home, when he was young. His character is a homeless man, a hobo - presumably he had his best times back there, where he was looked ...
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What is Luther Allison saying on a fragment of the song, "Nobody But You."

I believe that's what he's saying, yes. One lyrics site seems to think that it's "done", while another one seems to think it's "got". I'm not hearing "got" at all though. In addition, "you done me ...
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Trying to understand the different styles of blues

Electric blues is any blues music played with electric guitars, as opposed to the earlier blues styles on acoustic guitars. Chicago blues is a style of electric blues associated with the city of ...
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Question about lyrics of a A. C. Reed song

Your lyric is nearly correct, he's actually saying: Well, I'm all dressed up, ain't got no place to go "All dressed up and [no place / nowhere] to go" is a common American idiom meaning to be ...
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Coleman Hawkins and Mamie Smith

According to the Main Spring Press's Mamie Smith Discography, which sources Brian Rust's gigantic Jazz And Ragtime Records books, Coleman Hawkins likely played tenor saxophone on almost every Mamie ...
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