The "GODFATHER OF BRITISH ROCK" DIES AT 90

Mar 04, 2021

By Andy Johnson

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He’s being described as a jazz giant who laid the foundations for the skiffle music scene in England in the ’60s.

It all began when trombonist Chris Barber released a cover of the “The Rock Island Line” in 1954, sung by Lonnie Donegan.

That song sold a million copies and popularized “skiffle” which in turn inspired the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.

Barber is considered a leading figures in British and European jazz.

Lyricist Sir Tim Rice paid tribute, acknowledging Barber’s “formidable influence” and calling him a “star player.”

On this side of the ocean, the E Street Band’s Steve Van Zandt called Barber “the Godfather of British Rock.”

Chris Barber had been battling dementia.  He was 90.

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