Popular Music

Timeline created by lisegee
In Music
  • FIRST PERFORMANCES BY THE VIRGINIA MINSTRELS LEAD TO STANDARDIZED PATTERN FOR THE MINSTREL SHOW

  • FIRST PERFORMANCE OF "OH! SUSANNA"

    Steven Foster's first big hit (plantation song)
  • INVENTION OF PHONOGRAPH

    Thomas Edison: Inventor
  • PUBLICATION OF FIRST "MEGA-HIT" POP SONG

    "After the Ball" by Charles K. Harris
  • PUBLICATION OF "STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER"

    Written by John Philip Sousa, becomes oficial march of the Univetd States
  • PUBLICATION OF "MAPLE LEAF RAG"

    Written by Scott Joplin; popularized "ragtime craze"
  • JAZZ EMERGES IN NEW ORLEANS

  • DOUBLE SIDED 78 R.P.M. DISC INTRODUCED

  • AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS FOUNDED

  • RECORDINGS BY THE ORIGINAL DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND SPARK NATIONAL "JAZZ CRAZE"

  • FIRST COMMERCIAL RADIO STATION

  • FIRST ELECTRIC RECORDING: INTRODUCTION OF MICROPHONE

  • THE JAZZ SINGER: FIRST SOUND FILM

  • Start of the Swing Era

    Ends in 1945
  • COLUMBUS DAY RIOT OVER FRANK SINATRA

    First documented example of pop-star hystaria
  • AMPEX TAPE RECORDER IS INTRODUCED TO RECORDING INDUSTRY

  • Start of The Postwar Era

    Includes rise of Crooners, Ryhthm & Blues and Country and Western Music, Ends in 1954
  • RCA VICTOR CORPORATION INTRODUCES THE 7-INCH, 45 R.P.M. SINGLE DISC

  • Start of Rock 'N' Roll Era

    Ends in 1959
  • "ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK" BECOMES FIRST NUMBER ONE ROCK 'N ROLL POP HIT

  • American Pop and the British Invasion