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Like many people, it is true that I have a very catholic taste in music. Maybe mine is slightly different in that I go months, sometimes years, listening to only one genre, then change to something else for no good reason other than a tune that gets caught in my head.
My first introduction to music was from our precious radiogram and my mothers 78s of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Crosby and Sinatra, Fats Waller and Nat King Cole.
I was never going to be a great jazz fan though and when a school friend introduced me to his brother's, without him knowing of course, famous record collection of American Blues, I was hooked. I and a couple of other friends would get round to this chap's house at every opportunity to listen to Sonny Boy Williamson ( the real one ) , Lead Belly, T Bone Walker, Mose Allison and some of the northern boys, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Howlin Wolf ( a great favourite of all of us ) Jimmy Reed and the greatest for me Muddy Waters.
We got caught by his brother once and the sessions stopped for a while until our mate Alan plucked up the courage to start again.
I think the first record that I bought was by Nat King Cole, probably to impress my mum. It was called House of Bamboo but it isn't on any of his songlists now. It would have been about 1960 when I was eleven.
The sixties brought about a revolution in the music scenes of the UK and the States. It also brought about a change in my taste of music. I still liked the Blues but I was smitten by the new British rhythm and blues bands. I also had this thing going on inside my head about Motown. Surely nobody could like the new rock sound AND motown. I did. It made for a very confusing record collection. The Yardbirds, Georgie Fame, John Mayall, Zoot Money etc in the same collection as Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, The Four Tops and a big favourite Otis Redding who I was lucky enough to see at Finsbury Park in 1967.
Crazy times for me. I used to bunk off ( hope my grandsons don't read this ) school with a friend and hitch hike to London where we would sneak into the Flamingo club and watch Georgie Fame practising, the 100 club and the Marquee on Oxford Street where all the best emerging rock bands were practising. Got into Ronnie Scott's once but got a beating, so didn't try again.
I suppose I really grew up with the emerging rock bands from the Kinks through to Led Zeppelin and listened to favourite bands like Pink Floyd and Zeppelin.
I skipped punk, which never did much for me and disliked reggae at the time, preferring to listen to folk rock of artists like Dylan, Cohen and Paul Butterfield.
As my taste has expanded, possibly due to modern rock bands who mix everything into their albums, blues, rock, punk, metal - anything goes, I find it difficult to get away from heavy music. Even my classical taste is more Wagner than Strauss, more Tchaikovsky than Chopin.
I am still heavily influenced by the blues even in my heavy, sometimes metal music of Rory Gallagher, Hendrix, Moore, Black Keys, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Zeppelin, Stones, ZZ Top, Dylan, The Who, Thin Lizzy and The White Stripes.
I now have an online music station at https://apokoronas365.com where all my taste in rock bands can be listened to.