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  • Emancipation Proclamation

     Emancipation Proclamation
    President Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves.
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    Blues Forever

    The time line of how Blue's came about.
  • Slave Songs Published

    Slave Songs Published
    The earliest collection of African-American spirituals, is published.
  • "Maple Leaf Rag" Published

    "Maple Leaf Rag" Published
    Scott Joplin publishes "Maple Leaf Rag." Ragtime will become a key influence on the style of blues.
  • Black Music First Recorded

    Victor Records issues the first known recording of black music, "Camp Meeting Shouts."
  • Blues Songs First Recorded

    Blues 1912The first blues songs, including W.C. Handy's "Memphis Blues", are published as sheet music.
  • Folk Blues Debuts

    Ralph Peer, makes his first field recordings in Atlanta, Georgia, marking the recording debut of both the folk blues and what will later be called country music.
  • First Folk Blues Records

    First Folk Blues Records
    The first male folk blues records, featuring singers Papa Charlie Jackson and Daddy Stovepipe, are issued.
  • New Recording Technology

    New Recording Technology
    Electrical recording technology is introduced.
  • Electric Guitar

    Electric Guitar
    Eddie Durham records the first music featuring the electric guitar. The modern instrument, first developed by musician George Beauchamp and engineer Adolph Rickenbacher in the early 1930s, will help to transform the sound of the blues.
  • T-Bone Walker Goes Electric

     T-Bone Walker Goes Electric
    T. Bone Bluesman T-Bone Walker plays electric guitar on the recording of his standard "Call it Stormy Monday."
  • "Rhythm and Blues" is Born

    Jerry Wexler, an editor at Billboard magazine, substitutes the term "rhythm and blues".
  • The Country Blues

    Samuel Charters publishes The Country Blues, fueling the blues element of the folk music.
  • White Fan Base

     White Fan Base
    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.
  • "Year of the Blues"

    "Year of the Blues"
    Congress declares 2003 the "Year of the Blues," commemorating the 100th anniversary of W.C. Handy's encounter with an unknown early bluesman at a train station in Mississippi.
  • Bluesman Discovered

    The musician W.C. Handy sees a bluesman playing guitar with a knife at a train station in Mississippi.