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Music from 1914-1945
Transcript of Music from 1914-1945
The 1930's Era
During the 1930's, Woody Guthrie was one of the most influential country artists. He wrote songs about the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and World War II later in the 1940's.
Hank Williams Sr.
Hank Williams Sr. became one of the most influential country artists in the 1940's. He created a unique sound that combined the sounds of country and folk music. He died at the age of 29 of a heart attack.
World War I Era
The 1920's Era
In 1922, a man named Eck Robertson created the first country record. Vernon Dalehart had the first national country hit called " Wreck of the old 97". In 1927, Jimmie Rodgers, "The Father of Country Music" signed with Victor Records and country music was born. His first single, Blue Yodel #1 sold over 1 million copies!
The Dust Bowl Ballads
The Dust Bowl was a huge inspiration for Woody to write music. Woody created an entire album which was composed of 19 songs about the Dust Bowl. This was the first album he ever made and it was also his most successful.
World War II Era
During the 1940's, country music became popular after the start of WWII. In the late 1940's, country music became more diverse with enhanced electronic instruments, urban audiences, and vocalists.
On November 28th, 1925, the Grand Ole Opry was founded. It originated as a radio broadcast from Nashville Tennessee that showcased new country artists. 90 years later, it is one of the biggest country venues in the United States.
Country music began in the Appalachian Mountains. This new style of music focused on the daily story of ranchers and hillbillies.
Grand Ole Opry
How has Country Music affected the United States?
Country music has affected the United States in this genre of music by telling stories of lives of everyday Americans and how this nation was founded. It also tells stories about historical events such as The Dust Bowl, The Great Depression, and World War II.