Made in Manchester has made a documentary for BBC Radio 2 about the moment in 1964 when a South Manchester railway station was turned into a scene from the deep south of America.
Didn’t It Rain: When The Blues Came to Britain will air on the network on Thursday 24th October 2013 at 10pm and is presented by Coronation Street star and 6Music DJ Craig Charles.
MIM Creative Director Ashley Byrne says: ‘It’s an incredible tale of a largely forgotten piece of music history – the moment in Manchester in early 1964 when some of America’s legendary Blues performers played at Chorlton Railway Station.’
The Blues and Gospel Show was part of a movement which influenced a whole generation of musicians, and while they were in the UK, the performers were persuaded by Granada TV producer Johnnie Hamp to take part in a special show on the disused station.
Ashley adds: ‘Johnnie recreated the ‘travelled in on a boxcar’ image of the old 1920s Blues players much to the delight of the several hundred people who were there but also to the joy of the millions watching a seminal moment in musical history nationwide.’
Among those who performed on the night – Cousin Joe Pleasant, Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Otis Span, Willie Smith And Ransome Knowling.
The programme is produced by Phil Collinge. It will be available via the BBC iplayer for a period after broadcast.