Blues Timeline Assignment

Timeline created by stellier1
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  • One of the first documented Blues songs is written.

    One of the first documented Blues songs is written.
    W.C. Handy’s Mr. Crump, which was later named Memphis Blues, was written in 1909.
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    The Blues

  • Memphis Blues is published

    Memphis Blues is published
    In 1912, Mr. Crump, or Memphis Blues, was published to paper.
  • Blues changes with "Crazy Blues"

    Blues changes with "Crazy Blues"
    In 1920, Mamie Smith's "Crazy Blues" changed the normalcy of strictly instrumental music.
  • Beale Street became the spot for Blues musicians to launch their career

    Beale Street became the spot for Blues musicians to launch their career
    In the early 1920's, Beale Street became a spot for blues performances and aspiring musicians.
  • Columbia Records signs an African-American Blues artist

    Columbia Records signs an African-American Blues artist
    Bessie Smith was signed and recorded by Columbia Records in 1923. She even developed a fan base of whites.
  • Folk Blues Debuts

    Folk Blues Debuts
    Ralph Peer makes his first recordings in Atlanta, Georgia, marking the start Folk Blues.
  • The Great Depression

    The Great Depression
    The Great Depression begins which severely effects the sale and advertisement of music.
  • Robert Johnson begins his career

    Robert Johnson begins his career
    Robert Johnson, a Delta blues musician, begins his recording career
  • After World War I

    Military mobilization created chances for people to travel and promote their music.
  • B.B. King has his first hit

    B.B. King has his first hit
    The blues song, "Three O'Clock Blues" is transformed into a hit
  • Blues Rock

    The blues style, Blues Rock, is formed
  • British Blues Rock Spreads

    British Blues Rock Spreads
    The Rolling Stones spread the British Blues to America as they began to perform concerts.
  • Blues Reaches out

    Blues Reaches out
    Muddy Waters and B.B. King performed a concert to a predominantly white audience.
  • Blues Revival

    Artists such as Joe Jackson and Brian Setzer bring revived the blues in the 1980's.
  • Year of the Blues

    Year of the Blues
    Congress declared 2003, the 100 year anniversary since W.C. Handy discovered the funky beat, the Year of the Blues.