Blues music timeline

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  • The Blues

    Slave trade brings workers to southern states. While working in plantations it was used as motivation and to pass the time.
  • 12 Bar Blues

    The "Dallas Blues" appears as the first Blues song to feature of a 12 bar blues. Using new instruments such as the Horn(also using the trumpet,trombone).
  • Blues explosive make in history

    “Crazy Blues” by Mamie Smith becomes the first
    recording by an African American vocalist. It sells over a
    million copies in the first year putting blues music on the
    map. The success of the song led to the creation of a new category of music, known as “Race” music. “Race” music was used to describe African American music and its legacy can be found in other musical genres including Soul, R&B, Rap.
  • Columbia Records

    Victor and Columbia Records begin issuing the first discs
    of music recorded electrically with a microphone. This innovation
    made music easier to record and made it possible to listen to music recordings at home which furthered the spread and popularity of blues music, as well as other forms of popular music.
  • Developing New Lyrical Forms

    As the Blues started developing new forms using the 12 blue bars an A,B,B form.(Blind Lemon Jefferson) was known as the father of the "Texas blues". Texas Blues was a regional style its original form was a mix of jazz and swing influences. It was part of the country blues using instruments like electric guitar, bass guitar, Drums and keyboard.
  • Electric

    Earliest electric guitars are designed and produced.
    Early electric guitars were most commonly played by jazz
    guitarists in big bands who needed to amplify their sound to be
    heard among st the other louder instruments.
  • T-Bone Walker

    T-Bone Walker recorded "Stormy Mondays" Which these days is called a blues "standard". At that time it was known as a "jump Blues" a more uplifting energetic style and performance.
  • Expanding the music Jazz

    The blues begins reaching larger audiences leading to the creation of blues festivals.These blues festivals brought white and black audiences together and brought greater exposure to many blues artists by introducing them to younger audiences. This headed to civil changes and revolutions bringing races together.
  • Rolling Stones #1

    “Little Red Rooster” a song originally recorded by Howlin Wolf is released by the Rolling Stones. It reaches number 1 on the UK Singles Chart. To this day, it is the only blues song to do so.
  • Country Jazz combination.

    A new generation of singers merge country influences with the blues to create “Outlaw Country”.Southern Rock emerges as a popular genre of music. Southern Rock combines blues influences with country as well as Rock N Roll(Which blew up heavily).
  • Record labels

    Bruce Iglauer establishes Alligator Records in Chicago providing a record label for many blues artists who had either declined in popularity or were cut from other labels. It also launches the careers of many 2nd and 3rd generation blues stars. Since 1971, Alligator Records has released albums by Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Koko Taylor, and Shemekia Copeland.
  • Hall of Fame

    The Blues Foundation establishes the Blues Hall of Fame and inducts its first class of inductees including Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, B.B. King, and Robert Johnson. Initially, the Blues Hall of Fame didn’t occupy a physical building until the Blues Hall of Fame Museum was opened in Memphis in 2015.
  • U.S Congress

    US congress declares 2003 Year of the Blues. To celebrate the 100th year celebration.
  • President honor

    President Barack Obama honors the impact of the blues on American culture by hosting Red, White, and Blues at the White House. The concert featured performances from Mick Jagger, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy.
  • Honored

    The National Blues Museum opens in St. Louis, Missouri with its mission to be the Premier Entertainment and Educational Resource Focusing on the Blues as the Foundation of American Music.
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