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John Broven

John Broven

Renowned expert on blues, vintage R&B and rock ‘n’ roll, Broven has written for BLUES UNLIMITED, JUKE BLUES, NOW DIG THIS and many other magazines. He is the author of three definitive books, WALKING TO NEW ORLEANS (aka RHYTHM & BLUES IN NEW ORLEANS ), SOUTH TO LOUISIANA and RECORD MAKERS AND BREAKERS.

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Bobby Bland, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Johnny Ace, Junior Parker: Duke/Peacock Records: The Success Story

Overview by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, June 1964

WITH THE emergence of interest in blues recordings after the war, with its resultant popularity, it was only natural that there should be a multitude ...

Archibald: 'Ballin' With Archie'

Profile by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, October 1970

DUE TO OUR tight schedule we had only one more day in New Orleans. It was all systems 'go' on Saturday from first light (almost) ...

Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Rydell: North Fork Theatre, Westbury, Long Island

Live Review by John Broven, unpublished, October 2007

A PACKED HOUSE comprising mainly of an adoring fan club of female 60-somethings, with their tagalong husbands, greeted the three South Philadelphia teen idols of ...

The Coasters, Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino: Behind The Sun: New Orleans

Report by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, June 1973

IT HARDLY SEEMED three years ago that Robin Gosden and myself were making the same journey from his Weybridge home to Heathrow Airport. Nothing had ...

Chuck Berry: Hammersmith Odeon, London, May 10th

Live Review by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, July 1964

THE LONG-AWAITED visit of Chuck Berry to these islands came reality when he opened his tour at the Finsbury Empire on May 9th; I caught ...

Roy Brown Part 1: Good Rockin' Tonight

Interview by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, January 1977

ROY BROWN became one of R&B's first stars when his seminal recording of 'Good Rockin' Tonight' hit the charts in 1948 and 1949. In this illuminating ...

Roy Brown Part 2: Hard Luck Blues

Interview by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, March 1977

The second part of this interview with Roy Brown takes his story from 1950, with his time at King Records, through the rock'n'roll era and ...

Bobby Charles, the Inventor of Swamp Pop and Songwriter Supreme

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, February 2010

WITH ROCK 'N' roll exploding in austerity-ridden England in the mid-1950s, there was one hip phrase that stood out from the rest: "See you later ...

Bobby Charles: 'See You Later Alligator': Bobby Charles and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll in South Louisiana, with Harry Simoneaux

Retrospective and Interview by John Broven, Now Dig This, July 2010

WHEN BOBBY Charles recorded 'Later Alligator' for Chess at Cosimo Matassa's J. & M. Studio in New Orleans in autumn 1955, he was not only ...

Fats Domino & His Orchestra: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, May 1967

LEGENDS ARE built with comparative ease in the anonymity of a recording studio. And how easily such myths are destroyed in the harsh reality of ...

The Groundhogs, Jimmy Reed: Jimmy Reed: The Ricky Tick, Guildford

Live Review by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, January 1965

14th November 1964 ...

Clarence "Frogman" Henry: Henry's Back For A Hit

Profile and Interview by John Broven, Melody Maker, December 1973

CLARENCE (Frogman) Henry hasn't had a top-selling record for more than 12 years, but he is still managing to pull the crowds in to hear ...

John Lee Hooker: The Ricky Tik, Guildford

Live Review by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, June 1965

Witnessed by John J. Broven, May 14th '65 ...

Howlin' Wolf: The Marquee, London, November 26, 1964

Live Review by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, January 1965

FOLLOWING HIS performances at Croydon and elsewhere, Wolf's first visit to an English club was eagerly awaited by local blues enthusiasts, He was accorded a ...

B.B. King: King Of The Road: On The Road With B.B. King In The Mid-1950s

Sleevenotes by John Broven, Ace Records, 2002

First published in the book accompanying the box set B.B. King: The Vintage Years (Ace Records), 2002. ...

B.B. King: Behind the B.B. King Box

Essay by John Broven, Blues & Rhythm, March 2001

The Ace Records 4-CD B.B. King box set The Vintage Years was released in June 2002. This is the story behind the production of this ...

J.B. Lenoir

Profile by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, September 1964

From Blues Unlimited compendium, Nothing but the Blues, ed. Mike Leadbitter (Hanover Books, London, 1971). Edited version of article, first published Blues Unlimited, 15, September ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: PBS-TV Special

Review by John Broven, Now Dig This, November 2006

JERRY LEE LEWIS came to New York on September 28 and 29, 2006, with typical flourish and élan to film live performances for a PBS-TV ...

Little Walter Arrives For First British Tour

Profile and Interview by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, October 1964

From Blues Unlimited compendium, Nothing but the Blues, ed. Mike Leadbitter (Hanover Books, London, 1971). Edited version of article, first published Blues Unlimited 16, October ...

Jimmy Reed: Gimme That Harp, Boy!

Essay by John Broven, History of Rock, The, 1982

THE MOST SUCCESSFUL DOWNHOME blues recording artist ever, Jimmy Reed chalked up 12 Billboard Hot 100 hits and 14 R&B chart entries during his career ...

Jimmy Rogers (blues): Walking by Myself: a Commentary on Jimmy Rogers

Profile by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, June 1965

MANY ERSTWHILE modern blues recordings are perhaps shrouded in a greater veil of mystery today than many of their earlier counterparts. That this is so ...

Benny Spellman: New Orleans R&B stalwart Benny Spellman

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, July 2011

BENNY SPELLMAN, the New Orleans R&B singer, died of respiratory failure on June 3, 2011, in Pensacola, Fla., at the age of 79. He was ...

Joe Tex: Buddy Killen, 1932-2006: Nashville record man and music publisher

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, December 2006

BUDDY KILLEN, the highly successful Nashville music publisher, songwriter and record man, died of liver and pancreatic cancer on November 1, 2006 at age 73.  ...

Jerry Wexler: Appreciating Jerry Wexler, the Supreme Atlantic Record Man

Memoir by John Broven, Now Dig This, October 2008

AS SOON AS Jerry Wexler's death was announced on August 15, 2008, daily newspapers and rock magazines had their already-written obituaries ready to go in ...

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Clyde Otis 1924-2008

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, February 2008

CLYDE OTIS died on January 8, 2008, in Englewood Hospital, New Jersey at the age of 83. He was famous amongst NDT readers for writing ...

Huey P. Meaux is dead

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, Summer 2011

AFTER A PERIOD of failing health, Southern record man Huey Purvis Meaux died at home in Winnie, Texas, on April 23 at age 82. He ...

Obituaries: Mercury Records' Irving Green, co-founder, and Art Talmadge, first vice president

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, August 2006

BY PURE COINCIDENCE, two founding members of the first management team of Mercury Records have died within weeks of each other: Irving Green, co-founder and ...

Obituary: Bobby Robinson, Harlem record man

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, February 2011

MORGAN CLYDE "Bobby" Robinson, the longtime Harlem record man and record shop owner, died on January 7, 2011, at the grand age of 93 while ...

Marshall Sehorn: We Had Some Good Times

Interview by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, February 1974

Marshall Sehorn of Sansu talks to John Broven about his start in the business ...

Obituary: Consummate Nashville record man Shelby Singleton, of Mercury and Sun

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, November 2009

SHELBY SINGLETON, the consummate record man who was the most capable latter-day custodian of Sun Records, died of brain cancer in a Nashville, Tennessee hospice ...

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