Blues Timeline

Timeline created by lhardy4
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  • Maple Leaf Rag

    Scott Joplin releases "Maple Leaf Rag" making ragtime main influence on the blues.
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    Blues Timeline

  • Memphis Blues

    Memphis Blues
    The first blues songs, including W.C. Handy's music, were published as sheet music.
  • World War I

    World War I
    The United States enters WWI. Military and economic mobilization starts the great internal migration of African Americans.
  • Crazy Blues

    Crazy Blues
    Mamie Smith records this song and it becomes the first blues "hit".
  • Recordings

    Electrical recording technology is introduced and blues music is spread wider!
  • Blind Lemon Jefferson

    Blind Lemon Jefferson
    This dominant blues figure of the late 1920's recorded his first song.
  • Charley Patton

    Charley Patton
    The early delta bluesman recorded his first song...Pony Blues
  • The Great Depression

    During the great depression, African Americans migrated north along the route of the Illinois Central Railroad toward Chicago. This is where Chicago Blues was made and it was a different type of blues.
  • Muddy Waters

    Muddy Waters
    He makes his first Chicago recordings.
  • B.B. King

    B.B. King has his first major rhythm and blues hit with a version of "Three O'Clock Blues".
  • Newport Jazz Festival

    Newport Jazz Festival
    Muddy Waters performs at the Newport Jazz Festival to tremendous acclaim.
  • Rolling Stones

    Rolling Stones
    The first U.S. tour by the Rolling Stones marks the invasion of British blues rock bands.
  • Newport Folk Festival

    Newport Folk Festival
    Delta bluesmen Son House and Skip James perform at the Newport Folk Festival.
  • Fillmore East

    Fillmore East
    Muddy Waters and B.B. King perform at the Fillmore East, a concert venue in the East Village region of New York City, to a predominantly white audience.
  • CDs!!

    Columbia’s release of the complete Robert Johnson recordings on CD goes gold, selling 400,000 albums in six months!