The Evolution of Pop Music

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    Pre1900 - Now FOLK MUSIC In 1960's Popular Artists Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Simon & Garfunkel emerged

    Folk music, type of traditional and generally rural music that originally was passed down through families and other small social groups. Typically, folk music, like folkliterature, lives in oral tradition; it is learned through hearing rather than reading. Chinese folk music dates back 7000 years or more.
  • 1900's - Ragtime

    Scott Joplin of African American descent began this popular, catchy piano music using syncopated rhythms creating a new 2 step dance. The Entertainer - a piece of his music - is still used in video games to this day.
  • 1910 Music Hall and Vaudeville

    Classical opera started changing into Music Hall which was used for shows at the theatre.
  • 1920's - New Orleans Jazz

    Speakeasy's opened and jazz band's began.
  • 1920's Country Music - 1st Generation Jimmie Rodgers - Bristol, Tennessee

    Rodgers fused hillbilly country, gospel, jazz, blues, pop, cowboy, and folk, and many of his best songs were his compositions, including "Blue Yodel", which sold over a million records.
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    1920-50's Jazz evolved

    Jazz evolved into many sub-genres such as Swing, Be Bop, Blues and Dixieland Jazz.
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    1920's - Now Country Music evolved

    Country music began in 1920's. It has survived time and still stays true to its roots. There are currently 6 known generations of country music.
  • 1930-40's Country Music - 2nd Generation - Patsy Montana

    Radio became a popular source of entertainment. "Barn Dance" shows featuring country music were popular all over America, from Chicago to California. Patsy Montana made history for female artists with her song "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart".
  • 1940's Jazz - Count Basie

    Billie Holliday began singing with Count Basie and the great jazz artists. Louie Armstrong led the way with his notorious voice and cornet improvisations.
  • 1950's Country Music - 3rd Generation

    By the early 1950s, a blend of Western swing, country boogie, and honky-tonk was played by most country bands. Gospel music remained a popular component of country music. In 1953, the first all-country radio station was established in Lubbock, Texas. 1956 could be called the year of rockabilly in country music (rockabilly was an upbeat combination of blues and country music) with Johnny Cash emerging as one of the most popular representatives of the rockabilly genre.
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    1950's Rock'n'Roll developed into Classic Rock of 1970's and fusion rock today

    The roots of ROCK started in the 1950's with stars like Elvis performing Rock'n'Roll. The Beatles in the early 60's took Rock'n'Roll through into more of a pop style and then also developed Rock. In the 1970's classic Rock evolved with many bands appearing on the scene.
  • 1954 - Elvis - The King of Rock'n'Roll began to sing in Memphis

    Elvis’s first song shot to number one in January 1956. He wanted to sing African-American music to a bigger audience. Elvis played guitar and started a new style of music, Rockabilly, a fast mix of country music and rhythm and blues. He sang in many genres, including pop, country, R&B, adult contemporary and gospel.
    In 1973, Elvis Presley was the first ever solo artist to broadcast a concert world-wide.
  • 1958 Country Music Association was founded.

    The Country Music Association was founded in 1958, in part because numerous country musicians were appalled by the increased influence of rock and roll on country music. What resulted was a crossbred genre known as country rock.
  • 1960's - In England The Beatles emerged and became global music legends

    1963 - ‘Please Please Me’ - makes number 1 & The Beatles release 2 albums in 6 months.When the Beatles were growing up the radio stations would have played music hall, Cole Porter and Frank Sinatra. Performers like Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry & Elvis Presley had an enormous influence on teenagers in the mid 1950’s, which encouraged them to form groups of their own.
  • 1965 - The Beatles meet Elvis Presley in USA.

  • 1970's Country Rock, Folk, Pop and Rock and many other genres emerged.

    Between 1972 and 1975, singer/guitarist John Denver released a series of hugely successful songs blending country and folk-rock musical styles and was named Country Music Entertainer of the Year in 1975. During the mid-1970s, Dolly Parton, a successful mainstream country artist since the late 1960s, crossed over to pop music, culminating in her 1977 hit "Here You Come Again", which topped the U.S. country singles chart, and also reached No. 3 on the pop singles charts.
  • 1970's Country Rock - Bob Dylan, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones

    Country rock is a genre that started in the 1960s but became prominent in the 1970s. Early innovators in this new style of music in the 1960s and 1970s included Bob Dylan, who was the first to revert to country music.
  • 1970's Rock - Elton John, Queen, The Rolling Stones. Bryan Adams

    Rock developed and split into sub-genres such as heavy metal and punk rock.
  • 1980's New Age and Synth Music evolved - Duran Duran, Boy George, Wham

    Electronic music became more popular.
  • 1990's Hip Hop, R&B, Rap, Dance and many others

    Music split into many, many different styles characterised by beats, lyrics, melody, harmony, electronic or acoustic instrumentation and fashion. At the end of the 1990's the internet arrived.