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Transcript of The Blues
the mississippi river
1938 - 1911
Gary Davis was born in Laurens, South Carolina
He has influenced Bob Dylan
Dave Van Ronk
Mississippi John Hurt
American country blues singer and guitarist
Raised in Avalon, Mississippi
Songs recorded by Hurt have been covered by Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Beck, Doc Watson
Hurt taught himself how to play the guitar around age nine
House pioneered an innovative style featuring strong, repetitive rhythms, often played with the aid of slide guitar, and his singing often incorporated elements of southern gospel and spiritual music.
The young Son House was determined to become a Baptist preacher,
Despite the church's firm stand against blues music and the sinful world which revolved around it, House became attracted to it and taught himself guitar in his mid 20s
the woman & whiskey would not let him pray
between April 1887 and 1891 – April 28, 1934
He is considered by many to be the "Father of the Delta Blues"
Bob Dylan dedicated his song "High Water (For Charley Patton)", on his 2001 album "Love and Theft", to Patton.
Son House was a friend and peer of blues legends Charley Patton and Willie Brown
Blind" Blake (born Arthur Blake; 1896, Newport News, Virginia
Blind Blake recorded about 80 tracks for Paramount Records from 1926 to 1932. He was one of the most accomplished guitarists of his genre with a surprisingly diverse range of material. He is best known for his distinct guitar sound that was comparable in sound and style to a ragtime piano.
His first recordings were made in 1926 and his records sold very well. His first solo record was "Early Morning Blues" with "West Coast Blues" on the B-side. Both are considered excellent examples of his ragtime-based guitar style and are prototypes for the burgeoning Piedmont blues. Blake made his last recordings in 1932, the end of his career aided by Paramount's bankruptcy. Stefan Grossman and Gayle Dean Wardlow think its possible that only one side of Blake's last record is actually by him. "Champagne Charlie Is My Name" does not actually sound like Blake's playing or singing. Allegedly, Blind Blake was drinking heavily in his final years. It is likely that this led to his early death at only 38 years old. The exact circumstances of his death are not known; Reverend Gary Davis said in an interview that he had heard Blake was killed by a streetcar
poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend, including the Faustian myth that he sold his soul at a crossroads to achieve success.
Big Bill Broonzy
June 26, 1903 – August 15, 1958
was a prolific American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His career began in the 1920s when he played country blues to mostly black audiences. Through the ‘30s and ‘40s he successfully navigated a transition in style to a more urban blues sound popular with working class Black audiences. In the 1950s a return to his traditional folk-blues roots made him one of the leading figures of the emerging American folk music revival and an international star. His long and varied career marks him as one of the key figures in the development of blues music in the 20th century.
Broonzy copyrighted more than 300 songs during his lifetime, including both adaptations of traditional folk songs and original blues songs. As a blues composer, he was unique in that his compositions reflected the many vantage points of his rural-to-urban experiences.
Jefferson County, Arkansas
the first electric guitar
In 1936 they introduced their first "Electric Spanish" model, the ES-150. Other companies were producing electric guitars but the Gibson is generally recognized as the first commercially successful electric guitar
known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician, generally considered the "father of modern Chicago blues". He was a major inspiration for the British blues explosion in the 1960s, and was ranked No. 17 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983
His grandmother Della Grant raised him after his mother died shortly after his birth, earning the nickname "Muddy" at an early age, before changing it to "Muddy Water" and finally "Muddy Waters
born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi
In 1943, Muddy headed back to Chicago with the hope of becoming a full-time professional musician
born September 16, 1925
King was born in a small cabin on a cotton plantation outside of Berclair, Mississippi,
B.B. King's Blues Club
"The King of Ragtime"
1867/1868? – April 1, 1917
was an African-American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions,
is an original musical genre which enjoyed its peak popularity between 1897 and 1918
Its main characteristic trait is its syncopated, or "ragged," rhythm. It began as dance music in the red-light districts of African American communities in St. Louis and New Orleans years before being published as popular sheet music for piano
Ragtime was also a modification of the march made popular by John Philip Sousa
First in the early 1940s many jazz bands began to include ragtime in their repertoire and put out ragtime recordings on 78 rpm records
was an American record label based in Chicago, Illinois. It specialized in blues, R&B, soul, gospel music, early rock and roll, and occasional jazz releases.