Blues TimeLine LM By lelemm 1867 Slave Song The first slave song was published in 1867 which came from African Americans. 1899 Maple Leaf Rag The starting point for Ragtime by Scott Joplin (Maple Leaf Rag) will have heavy influence on the future of blues. 1902 Camp Meeting Shouts The first ever Black Record was published in 1902. 1903 Bluesman Discovered In 1903 a musician of the name of W.C. Handy saw a bluesman playing a guitar with a knife in a Mississippi train station. Jul 14, 1923 The Start of Folk Blues Ralph Peer, a renowned artists who worked for Okeh and Victor Records, recorded his first field workin in Atlanta, the debut for Folk Blues (Country Music). 1924 The first released Folk Blues Record The first blues record produced by a male group was published, produced by Papa Charlie Jackson and Daddy Stovepipe. Oct 24, 1929 Wallstreet Crash The first wall street crash hit spiraling America into a Great Depression which allowed for blues music to thrive and spread throughout the nation. 1930 Jump Blues Pioneered by Louis Jordan, a swing and blues style music that was the starting point for R&B. 1939 Electric Guitar implementation The electric guitar, the new modernized item created in the early 30s by artist George Beauchamp and engineer Adolph Rickenbacher. Was first used in blues by Eddie Durham 1947 Muddy Waters Chicago Blues pioneer, Muddy Waters, recorded his first Chicago style Blues a mix between Mississippi Blues and more modernized instruments. 1954 Elvis Stars Arguably the most recognized name in all of music in the 20th century, Elvis debuted his take of "Big Boy" on Sun Records. 1959 Country Blues I new take on the old folk blues emerged called country blues refueling the flame to this forgotten style by artist Samuel Charters. 1969 The First Prominence White Audience While Muddy Waters was performing in East New York the crowd was primarily a white audience a change to the early fans of blues who saw it as a lower level music only for slaves. Aug 16, 1977 Elvis Passes The day the King of Rock and blues leader passed away 2003 The Birth of the Years of Blues The U.S. congress declared that 2003 is the year of blues coinciding with the 100th anniversary since W.C. Handy found the first "bluesman".