History of Blues Music

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  • Slave Songs are Created

    Slave Songs are Created
    Blues music originates from the southern slaves in the U.S. Slaves would compose these songs which led to the widespread of Blues Music. The earliest known Blues.
  • Scott Joplin publishes, "Maple Leaf Rag"

    Scott Joplin publishes, "Maple Leaf Rag"
    Scott Joplin was the first publisher to publish a ragtime song. Ragtime was an important factor in the creation of blues music. Joplin went on to become a famous composer of ragtime.
  • W.C. Handy's, "Memphis Blues" is recorded

    W.C. Handy's, "Memphis Blues" is recorded
    W.C. Handy is considered one of the most influential blues singer and composer of our time.
  • Mamie Smith records, "Crazy Blues"

    Mamie Smith records, "Crazy Blues"
    Mamie Smith was the first to record vocals with blues music. She became known for her first song, "Crazy Blues"
  • Bessie Smith & Ma Rainey come into Spotlight

    Bessie Smith & Ma Rainey come into Spotlight
    In 1923, the musicians come into fame with, "See See Rider Blues", and later become known as the "Mother of the Blues." She taught Bessie Smith everything she needed to know.
  • First Recorded Folk Blues

    Ralph Peer, records the first ever Folk Blues, which would later become country music.
  • New Technology

    Electrical recording was created in 1925, making it easier to record music.
  • Blind Lemon Jefferson becomes famous

    Blind Lemon Jefferson becomes famous
    Jefferson was the first person to become famous and known for the Folk Blues.
  • Delta Blues is Recorded

    Charles Patton records, "A Spoonful Blues", creating a new kind of blues music called Delta Blues. Charles Patton would later be known as, "The Father of Delta Blues.'
  • The Great Depression hit America

    The Great Depression hit America
    Following the great depression and hard times, blues music became popular and more known due to the hardship the Americans were going through.
  • Robert Johnson

    Robert Johnson
    Robert Johnson outlived a short career, but his songs including, "Cross Road Blues" would become an influential component in blues history.
  • Electric Guitar

    Electric Guitar
    The electric guitar eventually changed the sound of blues completely.
  • Muddy Waters

    Muddy Waters
    Muddy Waters become known as, "The Father of Chicago Blues."
  • T- Bone Walker Records with electric guitar

    T- Bone Walker introduced electric guitar into the Blues music scene with his song, "Call it Stormy Monday"
  • Rhythm & Blues

    Jerry Wexler coins term which would be used for generations to come.
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    The Significance of Blues Music