Blues Timeline - Colin McElyea

  • Blues Introduction

    The very first introduction of Blues was strictly Instrumental. Not published music
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    The Timeline of Blues

  • Crazy Blues - Mamie Smith

    Prior to the release of this song Blues was strictly instrumental. "Crazy Blues" was revolutionary, as it was the first song with lyrics.
  • B.B. King

    B.B. King
    This was the date famous Blues musician was born. Often known as 'the King of the Blues'.
  • The Great Depression

    The Great Depression
    This was the biggest economic crash in American history. Putting the United States into a Great Depression. Derailing the recording industry
  • Electric Guitar Introduced

    Electric Guitar Introduced
    The Electric Guitar is a staple of later Blues, and music today
  • Chicago Blues

    Chicago Blues
    Muddy Waters exploded the Chicago Blues. His song "I Can't be Satisfied" went huge.
  • Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley
    The famous Elvis Presley makes his debut
  • The Country Blues

    The Country Blues
    Samuel Charters published The Country Blues. It is a book that highlights country music.
  • Blues Rock

    Blues Rock
    As the Blues evolved it was only natural rock was involved. This new style was louder, faster, and young.
  • The Thrill is Gone - B.B. King

    The Thrill is Gone - B.B. King
    "The Thrill is Gone" by B.B. King is commonly referred to as the greatest Blues song of all time.