Cyril Davies... British Blues Harp Pioneer
Chris Jaggers BBC2 Programme - Recollections
Music Club Documentary 'Alexis Korner - Rhythm And Blues Champion' (2008) ©BBC2
In this three-part series, Chris Jagger, younger brother of Mick and accomplished musician himself, talks to many of those whom Alexis inspired and played with.
[Miranda Sawyer, The Observer, Sunday 3 February 2008 said, "It was rather an earnest show, until two of the Stones popped up to describe Korner and Cyril Davies, who ran a blues club together]
Charlie Watts - Incredible opposite couple; one was an up-at eight in the morning, panel beater in Ealing or somewhere, and Alexis lived in Moscow Road - a very bohemian life. I mean, I loved the way he lived…he had an iguana on the kitchen table and Cyril was a straight ahead, serious, drank scotch straight, you know - Chicago Blues player! - Charlie Watts
Chris Jagger - As a lover of Chicago Blues, Cyril had somehow worked out how to play amplified harmonica, something that impressed a young Mick Jagger - who remembers his colourful language: (Mick) - He was a very kind of a rough diamond, you know, but he was a very talented harmonica player - there is absolutely no doubt! He was the first white guy AND English guy AND non-Chicago guy or non-whatever you want to call it - and he had a bag of harmonicas; and he'd…they'd all drink a lot remember so it's all caught up in drinking - and Cyril would get something, really furious if he couldn't find the right harmonica and he'd tip the whole bag out onto the floor. And, I remember I was trying to learn how to play the harmonica - which is kind of like a weird thing, cause there weren't that many teachers - and then I went up to Cyril and asked him and he said, "You fucking suck it, and you fucking blow it, and the fucking sound comes out…ALL RIGHT?"
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