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Transcript of American music
Native American music
Music is woven into the Native American life. A tribe's history is constantly told through the music, that makes it stay alive in history. These historical narratives vary widely from tribe to tribe, and are part of tribal identity
Their are many different styles, my favorite is the Spirit Flute style form the Native American
Native American music
Singing and percussion are the most important aspects of traditional Native American music
American folk music
American folk music is a musical term that brings a number of genres together to make the traditional folk music, contemporary folk music or roots music. Roots music is a broad category of music including bluegrass, country music, gospel, old time music, jug bands, Appalachian folk, blues, Cajun and Native American music.
American folk music
The Constitution & The Guerierre (Lost Radio Rounders)
This song is about the battle between the USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere on August 9, 1812 near Nova Scotia. The American victory helped lift the nation's spirits in the uncertain early months of the War of 1812.
American folk music
Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer and musician. His landmark recordings from 1936 to 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians.
According to legend, as a young man living on a plantation in rural Mississippi, Robert Johnson was branded with a burning desire to become a great blues musician. He was "instructed" to take his guitar to a crossroad near Dockery Plantation at midnight. There he was met by a large black man (the Devil) who took the guitar and tuned it. The "Devil" played a few songs and then returned the guitar to Johnson, giving him mastery of the instrument. This was in effect, a deal with the Devil mirroring the legend of Faust. In exchange for his soul, Robert Johnson was able to create the blues for which he became famous.
The Crossroads Legend
Robert Johnson- Crossroad
Ainsworth Psalter was written by English Separatist clergyman Henry Ainsworth and was brought to America by the Pilgrims in 1620
" Old Hundred "
The American Revolution inspired both British and American citizens and soldiers to write songs about their differences. The words of the songs were printed in newspapers, periodicals and broadsheets sold on the streets of Boston, Philadelphia and other major American cities.
The original Puritan immigrants to New England sang a number of spiritual psalms, but generally disliked secular music, or at least those varieties which they viewed as encouraging immorality and disorder.
Battle Hymn of the Republic
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
The Star-Spangled Banner
The original Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song that would become our national anthem, is among the most treasured artifacts in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
Scott Joplin was an African-American composer. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtimes, and was later titled The King of Ragtime. During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first pieces, the Maple Leaf Rag, became ragtime's first and most influential hit, and has been recognized as the archetypal rag
John Philip Sousa
Stars and Stripes Forever
Maple Leaf Rag
was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era, known primarily for American military and patriotic marches.
History of Barbershop Presentation
A style of a cappella, or unaccompanied vocal music, characterized by consonant four-part chords for every melody note in a predominantly homophonic texture
Night and Day
American composer and songwriter. Born to a wealthy family. He defied the wishes of his grandfather and took up music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn towards musical theatre. One of his more known works is Night And Day.
Jazz is a music genre that originated at the beginning of the 20th century
Jazz spans a range of music from ragtime to the present day—a period of over 100 years—and has proved to be very difficult to define
improvisation in jazz is attributed to its presence in influential earlier forms of music:
Gershwin born in 1898 was an American composer , who composed both popular and classical genres. To this day, he is best known for his works Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928), as well as the opera Porgy and Bess (1935).
Music of Gershwin
"An American in Paris"
"Rhapsody in Blue"
Louis Armstrong was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Armstrong developed his cornet playing seriously in the band of the New Orleans Home for Colored Waifs
"Basin Street Blues Part 1 & 2"
James Hugh Calum Laurie
Known as Hugh Laurie is an English actor, comedian, writer, musician, and director.
Laurie took piano lessons from the age of six years old.
his works are New Orleans blues-influenced
His first album topping the Billboard blues charts in the US, going gold in the UK and making its mark in various European and South American countries
Musics by Hugh Laurie
called Swanee River because Foster had misspelled the name. Foster never saw the river he made world famous. George Gershwin's song, with lyrics by Irving Caesar, and made popular by Al Jolson, is also spelled "Swanee,"
is an American folksong of anonymous origin, though sometimes credited to the songwriter Joe Primrose (a pseudonym for Irving Mills). Louis Armstrong made it famous in his influential 1928 recording.
"St. James Infirmary Blues"
Blues is the name given to both a musical form and a music genre that originated in African-American communities of primarily the "Deep South" of the United States
The lines are often sung following a pattern closer to a rhythmic talk than to a melody. Early blues frequently took the form of a loose narrative.
Riley B. King known by the stage name B.B. King, is an American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
He is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of Blues", and one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar" (along with Albert King and Freddie King)
King is also known for performing throughout his musical career appearing at 250-300 concerts per year until his seventies. In 1956 it was noted that he appeared at 342 shows. King continues to appear at 100 shows a year.
B.B. King's music
B.B. King - Lucille
BB King & Bobby Blue Bland - The thrill is gone - 1977
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Alton Glenn Miller was an American big band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known big bands.
Miller's notable recordings include "In the Mood", "Moonlight Serenade",
While he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France during World War II, Glenn Miller's aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel.
Glenn Miller status is "missing in action".
In The Mood
Benjamin David "Benny" Goodman was an American jazz swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader, known as the "King of Swing".
His January 16, 1938 concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz's 'coming out' party to the world of 'respectable' music.
Benny Goodman Music
Sing Sing Sing
Bugle Call Rag
A piece of music composed by Paul Desmond and performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet on their 1959 album Time Out.
inspiration for this style of music came during a U.S. State Department-sponsored tour of Eurasia. In Turkey, Brubeck observed a group of street musicians performing a traditional Turkish folk song with supposedly Bulgarian influence that was played in 9/8 time, a rare meter for Western music
It don't mean a thing (1943)
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. His career spanned over 50 years, leading his orchestra from 1923 until he died.
Hillbilly music was at one time considered an acceptable label for what is now known as country music. The label, coined in 1925 by country pianist Al Hopkins,persisted until the 1950s.
a popular, long-running weekly show at radio station WHRB titled "Hillbilly at Harvard" is devoted to playing a mix of old-time music, bluegrass, and traditional country and western.
James Charles "Jimmie" Rodgers was an American country singer in the early 20th century, known most widely for his rhythmic yodeling. Among the first country music superstars and pioneers, Rodgers was also known as "The Singing Brakeman", "The Blue Yodeler", and "The Father of Country Music".
In 1924 at age 27, Rodgers contracted tuberculosis. The disease temporarily ended his railroad career, but at the same time gave him the chance to get back to the entertainment industry.
Jimmie Rodgers Music
Years Ago (The last recording of Jimmie Rodgers)
Hobo Bill's Last Ride by Jimmie Rodgers (1929)
The Carter Family
Carter Family was a traditional American folk music group that recorded between 1927 and 1956.
Throughout the group's career, Sara Carter sang lead vocals; Maybelle sang harmony and accompanied the group instrumentally; on some songs A.P. did not perform at all but at times sang harmony and background vocals and, once in a while, lead vocal. Maybelle's distinctive guitar playing style became a hallmark of the group.
The Carter Family made their first recordings on August 1, 1927.A.P. had persuaded Sara and Maybelle the day before to make the journey from Maces Spring, Virginia, to Bristol, Tennessee, to audition for record producer Ralph Peer, who was seeking new talents for the relatively embryonic recording industry.
The Carter Family
Keep On the Sunny Side
Keep On the Sunny Side is a popular American song originally written in 1899 by Ada Blenkhorn with music by J. Howard Entwisle. The song was popularized in a 1928 recording by the Carter Family. A recording of the song with The Whites was featured in the 2000 movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?.
A form of American roots music, and a sub-genre of country music. Bluegrass was inspired by the music of Appalachia. It has mixed roots in Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and English traditional music, and also later influenced by the music of African-Americans through incorporation of jazz elements.
In bluegrass, as in some forms of jazz, one or more instruments each takes its turn playing the melody and improvising around it, while the others perform accompaniment; this is especially typified in tunes called breakdowns.
William Smith Monroe was an American mandolinist who helped create the style of music known as bluegrass.
Monroe's performing career spanned 60 years as a singer, instrumentalist, composer and bandleader. He is often referred to as The Father of Bluegrass
In 1970, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame; the following year, the Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall of Fame. Throughout the '70s, he toured constantly.
Bill Monroe Music
Bill Monroe's most successful song "Kentucky Waltz" release on the Country & Western charts peaking at number three.
Jimmy Martin known as the "King of Bluegrass".Beginning in 1949 Martin was lead vocalist for Bill Monroe's "Bluegrass Boys,". Martin's high voice mixed with Monroe's tenor came to be known as the "high lonesome" sound.
Martin had a famously high-strung and exuberant personality, and inevitably clashed with Monroe's equally stubborn temperament. He left Monroe and worked briefly with the Osborne Brothers until he formed his own band, "The Sunny Mountain Boys" in 1955.
Jimmy Martin Music
Sunny Side of the Mountain
stripped down and raw music with a variety of moods and a basic ensemble of guitar, bass, dobro or steel guitar (and later) drums became popular, especially among poor whites in Texas and Oklahoma. It became known as honky tonk and had its roots in Western swing and the ranchera music of Mexico and the border states, particularly Texas, together with the blues of the American South.
nicknamed the Texas Troubadour, was an American singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of country music. His biggest career hit song, "Walking the Floor Over You" (1941), marked the rise of the honky tonk style of music. In 1948, he was the first singer to record a hit version of "Blue Christmas", a song more commonly associated with Elvis Presley and his mid-1950s version.
Tubb is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Ernest Tubb Music
"Walking the Floor Over You" is a country music song written by Ernest Tubb and released in the United States in 1941.
The original version included only Tubb's vocals and acoustic guitar accompanied by "Smitty" Smith on electric guitar. Tubb later re-recorded the song with his band, The Texas Troubadours.
The single became a hit and sold over a million copies. Critic David Vinopal called "Walking the Floor Over You" the first honky tonk song that launched the musical genre itself
Nashville sound originated during the late 1950s as a sub-genre of American country music, replacing the chart dominance of honky tonk music which was most popular in the 1940s and 1950s. Although it refers to a means of production (not to mention an era and mystique) as much as to an actual sound, the Nashville sound is generally dated from 1957 or 1958
Regarding the Nashville sound, the record producer Owen Bradley stated, "Now we've cut out the fiddle and steel guitar and added choruses to country music. But it can't stop there. It always has to keep developing to keep fresh."
Patsy Cline is probably one of the most mentioned inspirations to women in country music today. Her husky, powerful vocals are what women aspire to sound like. She was one of the first women to cross over to the pop charts, doing so with the song "Walking After Midnight." She also proved that women in country were more than just window dressing. They could sell records as well as men, and sell tickets to their own shows.
More Patsy Cline
"Crazy", its complex melody suiting Cline's vocal talent perfectly, was released in late 1961 and immediately became another huge hit for Cline and widened the crossover audience she had established with her prior hits. It spent 21 weeks on the chart and eventually became one of her signature tunes. Cline's version is #85 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Loretta Lynn is inspiring as a songwriter and performer. She married young and started having a family in her early teens, but still managed to have a career, managed by her husband, Mooney, who drove with her from radio station to radio station to promote her records. She was the first woman in country music to have fifty Top 10 hits, writing about her life and the sometimes straying ways of her husband.
Loretta Lynn - Coal Miner's Daughter.1971.
an autobiographical 1969 country music song written and performed by Loretta Lynn. Released in 1970, the song became Lynn's signature song, one of the genre's most widely known songs, and provided the basis for both her autobiography and a movie on her life.
Dolly Parton grew up extremely poor, but where she excelled was her performing. At the urging of a young Johnny Cash, she moved to Nashville after graduating high school, and was lucky enough to be noticed by Porter Wagoner. Porter helped build her early career, as she appeared on his show and performed with him. Dolly's songwriting is one of her greatest strengths, and her many hit records are filled with her compositions. She also delved into movies, and has had quite a few successful movies with co-stars such as Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Burt Reynolds, and others.
9 to 5
9 to 5" is a song written and originally performed by Dolly Parton for the 1980 comedy film of the same name.
The song is featured in a musical theater adaptation of the film, featuring a book by the film's original writer, Patricia Resnick, and 20 additional songs written by Dolly Parton.
is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s,primarily from a combination of African-American genres such as blues, jump blues, jazz, and gospel music,together with Western swing and country music.Though elements of rock and roll can be heard in blues records from the 1920s and in country records of the 1930s, the genre did not acquire its name until the 1950s.
known as Moondog, was an American disc jockey.He became internationally known for promoting the mix of blues, country and rhythm and blues music on the radio in the United States and Europe under the name of rock and roll. His career was destroyed by the payola scandal that hit the broadcasting industry in the early 1960s
Bill Haley — was an American rock and roll musician. He is credited by many with first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley & His Comets (inspired by Halley's Comet) and million selling hits such as "Rock Around the Clock", "See You Later, Alligator", "Shake, Rattle and Roll", "Skinny Minnie", and "Razzle Dazzle". He has sold over 25 million records worldwide.
"Rock Around the Clock" is a rock and roll song in the 12-bar blues format written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers (the latter under the pseudonym "Jimmy De Knight") in 1952. The best-known and most successful rendition was recorded by Bill Haley and His Comets in 1954 for American Decca. It was a number one single on both the US and UK charts and also re-entered the UK Singles Chart in the 1960s and 1970s.
Little Richard, is an American recording artist, songwriter, and musician. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for over six decades. Penniman's most celebrated work dates from the mid 1950s where his dynamic music and charismatic showmanship laid the foundation for rock and roll.
"Tutti Frutti" (means "All Fruits" in Italian) is a song co-written by Little Richard, which was recorded in 1955 and became his first major hit record. With its opening cry of "A-wop-bom-a-loo-mop-a-lomp-bom-bom!" (a verbal rendition of a drum pattern that Little Richard had imagined) and its hard-driving sound and wild lyrics, it became not only a model for many future Little Richard songs, but also a model for rock and roll itself.
Chuck" Berry (born October 18, 1926) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), Chuck Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on subsequent rock music
"Johnny B. Goode" is a 1958 rock and roll song written and originally performed by Chuck Berry. The song was a major hit among both black and white audiences peaking at #2 on Billboard magazine's Hot R&B Sides chart and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Buddy Holly, was an American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll. Although his success lasted only a year and a half before his death in an airplane crash, Holly is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll."
"That'll Be the Day" is a classic early rock and roll song written by Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison and recorded by various artists including The Crickets and Linda Ronstadt. It was also the first song to be recorded — albeit only as a demonstration disc — by The Quarrymen, the skiffle group that subsequently became The Beatles.
> American folk music revival had grown to a major movement, utilizing traditional music and new compositions in a traditional style, usually on acoustic instruments.
>Psychedelic Rock music's LSD-inspired vibe began in the folk scene, with the New York-based Holy Modal Rounders using the term in their 1964 recording of "Hesitation Blues"
> One of the most popular forms of rock and roll was Surf Rock, which was characterized by being nearly entirely instrumental and by heavy use of reverb on the guitars.
Santo & Johnny
were an Italian-American rock and roll duo from Brooklyn, New York, comprising brothers Santo and Johnny Farina.
They are best known for their instrumental "Sleep Walk", which became a regional hit and eventually reached the top of the Billboard pop chart when it was released nationally in 1959.
"Sleep Walk" is an instrumental steel guitar-based song written, recorded, and released in 1959 by brothers Santo & Johnny Farina. (The BMI Repertoire database and the original release credits three Farinas as composers including sister Ann.) It was recorded at Trinity Music in Manhattan, New York City, New York. "Sleep Walk" entered Billboard's Top 40 on August 17, 1959.
Santo & Johnny meet Perry Como
Dick Dale & The Del Tones
Dick Dale is an American surf rock guitarist, known as The King of the Surf Guitar. He pioneered the surf music style, drawing on Eastern musical scales and experimenting with reverberation. He worked closely with Fender to produce custom made amplifiers, including the first-ever 100-watt guitar amplifier.
Dick Dale & The Del Tones "Misirlou" 1963
Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The band consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The group's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues on their early albums, has drawn them recognition as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, though their unique style drew from a wide variety of influences, including folk music.
After changing their name from the New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin signed a deal with Atlantic Records that afforded them considerable artistic freedom.
"Whole Lotta Love" is a song by English hard rock band Led Zeppelin. It is featured as the opening track on the band's second album, Led Zeppelin II, and was released in the United States and Japan as a single. The US release became their first hit single, it was certified Gold on 13 April 1970, having sold one million copies.
is a rock music genre that developed between 1974 and 1976 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in garage rock and other forms of what is now known as protopunk music, punk rock bands eschewed perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. Punk bands created fast, hard-edged music, typically with short songs, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produced recordings and distributed them through informal channels.
differs from other movements with ties to first-wave punk as it displays characteristics common to pop music, rather than the more "arty" post-punk, though it incorporates much of the original punk rock sound and ethos while arguably exhibiting greater complexity in both music and lyrics.
The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band that formed in London in 1975. They were responsible for initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom and inspiring many later punk and alternative rock musicians. Although their original career lasted just two-and-a-half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music
The Sex Pistols
Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The UK
The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. Despite achieving only limited commercial success, the band was a major influence on the punk rock movement in both the United States and, perhaps to a greater extent, the United Kingdom.
All of the band members adopted pseudonyms ending with the surname "Ramone", although none of them were related. They performed 2,263 concerts, touring virtually nonstop for 22 years.In 1996, after a tour with the Lollapalooza music festival, the band played a farewell concert and disbanded.Only a little more than eight years after the breakup, all three of the band's founding members—lead singer (and, at the time of founding, drummer) Joey Ramone, guitarist Johnny Ramone, and bassist Dee Dee Ramone—had died
"Blitzkrieg Bop" is a song by the American punk rock band Ramones. It was released as the band's debut single in April 1976 in the United States. It appeared as the opening track on the band's debut album, Ramones, also released that month.
is a genre of popular music which originated in its modern form in the 1950s, deriving from rock and roll. The terms "popular music" and "pop music" are often used interchangeably, even though the former is a description of music which is popular (and can include any style).
Michael Joseph Jackson
(August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and businessman. Called the King of Pop,his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.
Michael Jackson - Thriller