Blues Like Showers of Rain (1970)

John Jeremy’s introduction to the world of Blues is lovingly conceived and powerfully constructed from photographs and field recordings made by Paul Oliver on a journey through the South in 1960. Narrated by Blind Arvella Gray, the film features the voices and music of Otis Span, Little Brother Montgomery, Billie Pierce, Lonnie Johnson, Henry Townsend, Sam “Lightnin” Hopkins, James Stump Johnson, Speckled Red, J.B. Lenoir, Willie Thomas, Edwin Buster Pickens, and many others.

The stream of this rare film is from a print from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Library, courtesy of Dina Kaye.  

For discographies on the performers in this film, see Stephan Wirz's Amerian Music.

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Film Details

  • Film by: John Jeremy
  • Produced by: John Jeremy
  • Cinematographer: Vernon Layton with Jeremy Dunkley
  • Sound: Hugh Strain
  • Editor: John Jeremy
  • Other Credits: based on photos and field recordings by Paul Oliver
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • ©1970, Silverscreen Productions Ltd. London, England
  • 31 mins, Black & White
  • Categories:
    African American CultureMusic