The Blues

Seven directors (including Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese) interpret facets of the blues in a superb series that juxtaposes archival footage, interviews and performances. Among those included: B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, Taj Mahal and hip-hop stars Chuck D and Common. Scorsese is the executive producer.

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Season 1, Episode 3 The Road to Memphis

First Aired: September 30, 2003

Director Richard Pearce tracks the odyssey of B.B. King and how he helped establish Memphis as a blues mecca. Included: performances by King, Bobby Rush, Ike Turner and Rosco Gordon. Also: interviews with Rufus Thomas and Sun Records founder Sam Phillips (1923-2003).

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