Click on the link here for Audio Player – Son House – In Session for John Peel – July 6, 1970 – BBC Radio 1
When the resurgence in Rural Blues swept the U.S.in the early 1960s, one of the most revered, yet almost totally unknown outside a small coterie of devoted fans, was the legendary Son House.
Recording numerous sessions in the 1920s and 1930s, Son House, like most blues artists at the time, their records weren’t widely circulated, categorized as “race” records, they rarely sold outside the South. After several attempts at recording, Son House faded from view in the early 1940s. It wasn’t until 1964 that the music of Son House was rediscovered by fans and historians and a search began for the whereabouts of the legendary Son House with the hopes of bringing him out of retirement.
This 1970 session for John Peel was part of a European tour Son House embarked on, which took him to, among other venues, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland as well as sessions in London. This session was recorded on July 6, 1970.
Sadly, Son House was plagued with health problems which forced him back into retirement in 1974. He died in Detroit in 1988 at the age of 86.
Here is that session from 1970.
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