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The sound of the gospel quartet had an influence on the parallel development of the pop vocal groups. The main difference between the blues of the Delta and the blues of Chicago was that the former was mainly solo, while the latter was increasingly relying on a band format . The first great barrehouse pianist wasRoosevelt Sykes Bey, who moved to Chicago in 1929 and coined a rhythmic, pseudo-boogie style with44 Blues ,The Night Time The Right Time and Driving Wheel . The other great barrelhouse pianist was Eurreal “Little Brother” Montgomery, arrived in 1928 from New Orleans, who debuted with Vicksburg Blues . In those days, barrehouse pianists were the equivalents of juke-boxes.

Ragtime pianist James Johnson accompanied her in the 32-bar song Peachin’ The Blues and especially in Backwater Blues . Her interpretation of James Johnson’s Empty Bed Blues lasted six minutes (two sides of a 78-RPM record) with accompaniment of piano and trombone. The filmed 17-minute version of St Louis Blues , sung by Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong on cornet and James Johnson on piano, with an all-black cast and directed by Dudley Murphy, who had directed Le Ballet Mechanique , may be considered the first music video. Blues chord progressions are often made up by major chords and dominant seventh chords.

It has had a wide influence on modern popular music of many varieties, and on musicians who wish to return to the roots of modern popular music before jumping off in another, perhaps new, direction. The musical sources of the blues included religious songs, broadly called spirituals, which were songs on Christian themes that frequently also addressed aspects of the lives of slaves. Black people could access some measure of education in church schools and acquire status as community leaders in the church.

Many lyrical themes that frequently appeared in pre-war blues such as economic depression, farming, devils, gambling, magic, floods and dry periods were less common in post-war blues. Early blues frequently took the form of a loose narrative, often relating troubles experienced within African American society. You can however play the station here in our Popup-Player. Listen to what your heart desires and turn on the top station Blues Music Fan Radio for the age group über 65. The nine hundred and ninety-third position on our top list is currently occupied by Blues Music Fan Radio. No matter if information or music, Blues Music Fan Radio provides you witheverything you need.

White enterpreneur John Isham organized the first itinerant black revue , “Jack’s Creole Burlesque Company”, in 1890. These revues maintained the three-part format of the minstrel show , but were, for all practical purposes, variety shows with orchestras and choirs. In Memphis in 1907 the first permanent theater for medicine shows was set up by Fred Barrasso. This led to the formation of the T.O.B.A. (“Theater Owners Booking Association”), a network of theaters specializing in “negro” shows. Those black musicians, abused and underpaid by their employers, were nonetheless the first black professional entertainers.

Other universities followed suit (e.g., the Hampton Singers in 1873 at Virginia’s Hampton Institute). North Carolina’s guitarist Elizabeth Cotton/Cotten developed a left-handed style and demonstrated it in her Freight Train , composed at the age of 11 but recorded only at the age of 63. The record labels found out that there existed a market for “race records” among the liberal white audiences and the small black middle-class of the big cities, particularly New York and Chicago. Memphis, an important inland port on the Mississipi and an important railway node between New York and Chicago, made wealthy by the cotton industry, was the natural link between the rural South and the industrial North.

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