b. Peter J. Welding, 15 November 1935, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 17 November 1995, Alta Loma, California, USA. From the early 60s, Welding wrote for DownBeat, contributing over the years hundreds of album reviews on folk, rock and blues releases, as well as reviews of books, concerts and club gigs. Magazine articles on similar topics appeared not only in DownBeat but also in Saturday Review, Rolling Stone, Blues Unlimited and others. He also wrote liner notes for many albums and compilations, mainly of blues artists and of black religious music.
As a literary editor, Welding worked on books on folk music, blues, jazz and aspects of American culture. In the mid-60s and into the early 70s, Welding co-produced Bo Diddley for Chess Records, and for others, and especially for his own Testament Records a number of bluesmen currently working in Chicago, some of them lesser known but historically valuable. Among these were Johnny Young, with his Blues Band and as a member of the Chicago String Band, David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards, Sleepy John Estes, Floyd Jones, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Nighthawk, Houston Stackhouse, Johnny Shines, Otis Spann, Eddie Taylor, and Big Joe Williams. A bibliography of Welding’s extensive writings was compiled in 1997 by Görgen Antonsson and is available on the Internet.