The governor of the British Blues scene, and father of the '60's invasion, Alexis Korner was considered to be one of the finest performers in Germany and Scandanavia during his lifetime, even though he was practically neglected at home in England, and, sorry to say, known only by a select few in the U.S.A.

His outlook, like his deep gravelly voice, was unique. His music, at times eclectic, was original, ranging from the origins of British skiffle through country and electric blues, big-band, rock, and acoustic solo and duo. His influence was tremendous. Those that performed with him include the Who's Who of British R&B and rock'n'roll: Cyril Davies, Stone members Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Cream members Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Led Zep's Robert Plant, Humble Pie members Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton, Animal Eric Burdon, legends Nicky Hopkins, Peter Thorup, Long John Baldry, Paul Jones, and P.P. Arnold, as well as members of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, King Crimson, Free, Pentangle, Cuby + Blizzards, Aynsley Dunbar's Retaliation, to name a few.

Much invaluable thanks is given to Ritch in Pottstown, PA. (for photos, discography, and all-around encycolpedic background info), Derek Westney in Hull, Ken Heffer in Wakefield, and Hock in the Willem Beukelsstraat, without whom many Alexis records, tapes, videos and CD's would never have made it to the States. Special mention is given to Keith Richard C. in Douglaston, Phil Alfaro in San Fran, and Johnny Standstill in Verona, NJ, who, after growing up with the sound of Alexis, now live and breathe the next generation of blues.

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