Unit 3 - Blues Timeline Assignment

  • The start of the Blues

    The start of the Blues
    The emancipation proclamation in 1863 introduced sharecroppers and 'Juke Joints'. This is where African Americans would listen to music.
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  • "Maple Leaf Rag" is published

    "Maple Leaf Rag" is published
    Scott Joplin releases "Maple Leaf Rag". This is important because ragtime had a large influence on the blues.
  • W. C. Handy publishes "Memphis Blues"

    W. C. Handy publishes "Memphis Blues"
    This song was one of the first widely accepted blues songs.
  • Blues begins to surge

    Mamie Smith, Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey, Ralph Peer, and Blind Lemon Jefferson, establish themselves as some of the first Blues artists.
  • "Race" Recording

    "Race" Recording
    The term "Race Recording refered to a 78-rpm phonograph record marketed to African Americans. The majority of this music was the blues.
  • Recording Technology

    Recording Technology
    Electrical recording technology is introduced and blues music is available for wider audience
  • Charley Patton

    Charley Patton
    Delta bluesman Charley Patton records his first song.
  • The Great Depression

    The wall street crash of 1929 sets the Great Depression into motion. This caused Record and ad sales to dive.
  • End of WWI, and the Beginning of WWII

    Economic growth and military mobilization allowed African Americans to promote and spread their music.
  • Muddy Waters

    Muddy Waters
    Muddy Waters creates his first recordings.
  • The birth of R&B

    The birth of R&B
    The term "Race" Records is changed to "Rhythm and Blues" by Jerry Wexler, an editor at Billboard magazine.
  • British Blues Rock

    British Blues Rock
    The first U.S. tour by the Rolling Stones marks the invasion of British blues rock bands
  • More Diverse Crowds

    Muddy Waters and B.B. King perform in New York City to mostly white audiences.
  • 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 inspiration from an unknown bluesman at a train station in Mississippi.