Blues Timeline CR

By creznik
  • Slave Songs of the United States Published

    Slave Songs of the United States Published
    Slave Songs of the United States was a book that contained several songs sung by African-Americans during the period of slavery, and it was the first of its kind.
  • Period: to

    Peak of the Blues Era

  • Minstrel Shows

    Minstrel Shows
    Minstrel shows were an American theatrical form, that were embraced by African-Americans who began performing in these shows following the abolishment of slavery. It provided a career start for many influential musicians such as Ma Rainey and Rufus Thomas.
  • W.C Handy Born

    W.C Handy Born
    W.C Handy is known as the "father of blues".
  • "Blind Lemon" Jefferson Born

    "Blind Lemon" Jefferson Born
    Blind Lemon Jefferson was one of the most popular blues singers of the Roaring Twenties. During his short life, he wrote and recorded his own songs, and traveled with other Texas Blues artists. He has been called the "Father of Texas Blues".
  • Scott Joplin Publishes Maple Leaf Rag

    Scott Joplin Publishes Maple Leaf Rag
    Maple Leaf Rag was a ragtime song for the piano, and it heavily influenced the development of the blues genre.
  • Newspapers Start Reporting On Blues Music

    In the South, blues music was having an impact on everyone, and reporters were writing about the new music genre.
  • W.C Handy Discovers the Blues and the 12-bar Format

    W.C Handy has stated that he first heard the blues at a train station, listening to a stranger playing his guitar and picking it with a knife blade.
  • First Blues Music Published

    First Blues Music Published
    Anthony Maggio's "I Got The Blues" song often referred to as the first piece of blues music.
  • First Blues Sheet Music

    First Blues Sheet Music
    In autumn of 1912, the first blues songs were published as sheet music.
  • Mamie Smith's "Crazy Blues" Released

    Mamie Smith's "Crazy Blues" Released
    Unlike the blues of the previous decade, which were purely instrumental, the "Crazy Blues" introduced vocals.
  • Slide Guitar First Recorded

    Slide Guitar First Recorded
    In 1923, Sylvester Weaver was the first to record the "slide guitar" using a knife as a slide on the guitar's fretboard.
  • Electronic Recording Equipment Introduced

    Electronic Recording Equipment Introduced
    Blues music is now available to a wider audience across the country thanks to the invention of electronic recording equipment.
  • The Great Depression

    The Great Depression
    In 1929, African-Americans from the South moved north to New York and Chicago. In Chicago, a new type of blues is introduced, called "Chicago Blues". It is more powerful than anything before it.
  • Blues Music Reaches all America

    In 1933, "Lead Belly" is the first artist to introduce blues to a wide audience outside the southern part of the country.
  • Electric Guitar First Recorded

    Electric Guitar First Recorded
    In 1939, Eddie Durham used an electric guitar in his music, and it was the first time an electric guitar was recorded. By the 1950s, the electric guitar became the main instrument of a new genre known as "Rock N Roll", and blues continued to develop, while people became more interested in the new genre.