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The Fresno Bee. Retrieved November 13, The Washington Post. Broward-Palm Beach New Times. Tommy Boy Records. TBCD TBV TBC Singers such as Blind Willie McTell and Blind Boy Fuller performed in the southeastern "delicate and lyrical" Piedmont blues tradition, which used an elaborate ragtime-based fingerpicking guitar technique.

The lively Memphis blues style, which developed in the s and s near Memphis, Tennessee , was influenced by jug bands such as the Memphis Jug Band or the Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers. Memphis Minnie was famous for her virtuoso guitar style. Pianist Memphis Slim began his career in Memphis, but his distinct style was smoother and had some swing elements.

Many blues musicians based in Memphis moved to Chicago in the late s or early s and became part of the urban blues movement. City or urban blues styles were more codified and elaborate, as a performer was no longer within their local, immediate community, and had to adapt to a larger, more varied audience's aesthetic.

Mamie Smith , more a vaudeville performer than a blues artist, was the first African American to record a blues song in ; her second record, "Crazy Blues", sold 75, copies in its first month. Smith would "sing a song in an unusual key, and her artistry in bending and stretching notes with her beautiful, powerful contralto to accommodate her own interpretation was unsurpassed".

In the vaudeville singer Lucille Hegamin became the second black woman to record blues when she recorded "The Jazz Me Blues", [79] and Victoria Spivey , sometimes called Queen Victoria or Za Zu Girl, had a recording career that began in and spanned forty years. These recordings were typically labeled " race records " to distinguish them from records sold to white audiences. Nonetheless, the recordings of some of the classic female blues singers were purchased by white buyers as well.

The blues women thus effected changes in other types of popular singing that had spin-offs in jazz, Broadway musicals , torch songs of the s and s, gospel , rhythm and blues , and eventually rock and roll. An important label of this era was the Chicago-based Bluebird Records. Carr accompanied himself on the piano with Scrapper Blackwell on guitar, a format that continued well into the s with artists such as Charles Brown and even Nat "King" Cole.

Boogie-woogie was another important style of s and early s urban blues. While the style is often associated with solo piano, boogie-woogie was also used to accompany singers and, as a solo part, in bands and small combos. Boogie-Woogie style was characterized by a regular bass figure, an ostinato or riff and shifts of level in the left hand, elaborating each chord and trills and decorations in the right hand.

John blends classic rhythm and blues with blues styles. Another development in this period was big band blues. A well-known big band blues tune is Glenn Miller 's " In the Mood ". In the s, the jump blues style developed. Jump blues grew up from the boogie woogie wave and was strongly influenced by big band music. It uses saxophone or other brass instruments and the guitar in the rhythm section to create a jazzy, up-tempo sound with declamatory vocals.

Jump blues tunes by Louis Jordan and Big Joe Turner , based in Kansas City, Missouri , influenced the development of later styles such as rock and roll and rhythm and blues. The transition from country blues to urban blues that began in the s was driven by the successive waves of economic crisis and booms that led many rural blacks to move to urban areas, in a movement known as the Great Migration. The long boom following World War II induced another massive migration of the African-American population, the Second Great Migration , which was accompanied by a significant increase of the real income of the urban blacks.

The new migrants constituted a new market for the music industry. The term race record , initially used by the music industry for African-American music, was replaced by the term rhythm and blues. This rapidly evolving market was mirrored by Billboard magazine's Rhythm and Blues chart. Electric blues used electric guitars , double bass gradually replaced by bass guitar , drums , and harmonica or "blues harp" played through a microphone and a PA system or an overdriven guitar amplifier.

Chicago became a center for electric blues from on, when Muddy Waters recorded his first success, "I Can't Be Satisfied". Their style is characterized by the use of electric guitar, sometimes slide guitar, harmonica, and a rhythm section of bass and drums. Brown played in bands led by Elmore James and by J.

Lenoir , but the saxophone was used as a backing instrument for rhythmic support more than as a lead instrument. Other harp players such as Big Walter Horton were also influential. Muddy Waters and Elmore James were known for their innovative use of slide electric guitar. Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters were known for their deep, "gravelly" voices. The bassist and prolific songwriter and composer Willie Dixon played a major role on the Chicago blues scene.

Smaller blues labels of this era included Vee-Jay Records and J. During the early s, the dominating Chicago labels were challenged by Sam Phillips ' Sun Records company in Memphis, which recorded B. King and Howlin' Wolf before he moved to Chicago in In the s, blues had a huge influence on mainstream American popular music.

While popular musicians like Bo Diddley [89] and Chuck Berry , [95] both recording for Chess, were influenced by the Chicago blues, their enthusiastic playing styles departed from the melancholy aspects of blues.

Chicago blues also influenced Louisiana 's zydeco music, [96] with Clifton Chenier [97] using blues accents. Zydeco musicians used electric solo guitar and cajun arrangements of blues standards. In England, electric blues took root there during a much acclaimed Muddy Waters tour in Waters, unsuspecting of his audience's tendency towards skiffle , an acoustic, softer brand of blues, turned up his amp and started to play his Chicago brand of electric blues. Although the audience was largely jolted by the performance, the performance influenced local musicians such as Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies to emulate this louder style, inspiring the British invasion of the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds.

Other blues artists, such as John Lee Hooker had influences not directly related to the Chicago style. John Lee Hooker's blues is more "personal", based on Hooker's deep rough voice accompanied by a single electric guitar. Though not directly influenced by boogie woogie, his "groovy" style is sometimes called "guitar boogie". Strongly influenced by Jimmy Reed , swamp blues has a slower pace and a simpler use of the harmonica than the Chicago blues style performers such as Little Walter or Muddy Waters.

Alan Lomax 's recordings of Mississippi Fred McDowell would eventually bring him wider attention on both the blues and folk circuit, with McDowell's droning style influencing North Mississippi hill country blues musicians. By the beginning of the s, genres influenced by African American music such as rock and roll and soul were part of mainstream popular music.

White performers such as the Beatles had brought African-American music to new audiences, both within the U. However, the blues wave that brought artists such as Muddy Waters to the foreground had stopped. Dick Waterman and the blues festivals he organized in Europe played a major role in propagating blues music abroad.

In the UK, bands emulated U. Blues performers such as John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters continued to perform to enthusiastic audiences, inspiring new artists steeped in traditional blues, such as New York—born Taj Mahal. John Lee Hooker blended his blues style with rock elements and playing with younger white musicians, creating a musical style that can be heard on the album Endless Boogie.

King 's singing and virtuoso guitar technique earned him the eponymous title "king of the blues". King introduced a sophisticated style of guitar soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that influenced many later electric blues guitarists.

Tennessee -born Bobby "Blue" Bland , like B. The music of the civil rights movement [] and Free Speech Movement in the U. As well festivals such as the Newport Folk Festival [] brought traditional blues to a new audience, which helped to revive interest in prewar acoustic blues and performers such as Son House , Mississippi John Hurt , Skip James , and Reverend Gary Davis. Lenoir from the Chicago blues movement in the s recorded several LPs using acoustic guitar, sometimes accompanied by Willie Dixon on the acoustic bass or drums.

His songs, originally distributed only in Europe, [] commented on political issues such as racism or Vietnam War issues, which was unusual for this period.

His album Alabama Blues contained a song with the following lyric:. I never will go back to Alabama, that is not the place for me 2x You know they killed my sister and my brother and the whole world let them peoples go down there free. White audiences' interest in the blues during the s increased due to the Chicago-based Paul Butterfield Blues Band featuring guitarist Michael Bloomfield , and the British blues movement. One blues rock performer, Jimi Hendrix , was a rarity in his field at the time: a black man who played psychedelic rock.

Hendrix was a skilled guitarist, and a pioneer in the innovative use of distortion and audio feedback in his music. In the early s, the Texas rock-blues style emerged, which used guitars in both solo and rhythm roles. In contrast with the West Side blues, the Texas style is strongly influenced by the British rock-blues movement. These artists all began their musical careers in the s but they did not achieve international success until the next decade.

Since the s there has been a resurgence of interest in the blues among a certain part of the African-American population, particularly around Jackson, Mississippi and other deep South regions. Often termed " soul blues " or " Southern soul ", the music at the heart of this movement was given new life by the unexpected success of two particular recordings on the Jackson-based Malaco label: [] Z.

Buchana, Ms. Jody, Shirley Brown , and dozens of others. During the s blues also continued in both traditional and new forms. In the album Strong Persuader announced Robert Cray as a major blues artist. The first Stevie Ray Vaughan recording Texas Flood was released in , and the Texas-based guitarist exploded onto the international stage. John Lee Hooker 's popularity was revived with the album The Healer in Eric Clapton , known for his performances with the Blues Breakers and Cream , made a comeback in the s with his album Unplugged , in which he played some standard blues numbers on acoustic guitar.

However, beginning in the s, digital multitrack recording and other technological advances and new marketing strategies including video clip production increased costs, challenging the spontaneity and improvisation that are an important component of blues music. In the s, the largely ignored hill country blues gained minor recognition in both blues and alternative rock music circles with northern Mississippi artists R. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. The Billboard Blues Album chart provides an overview of current blues hits.

Blues musical styles, forms bar blues , melodies, and the blues scale have influenced many other genres of music, such as rock and roll, jazz, and popular music. Gershwin's second "Prelude" for solo piano is an interesting example of a classical blues, maintaining the form with academic strictness.

The blues scale is ubiquitous in modern popular music and informs many modal frames , especially the ladder of thirds used in rock music for example, in " A Hard Day's Night ". Early country bluesmen such as Skip James , Charley Patton , Georgia Tom Dorsey played country and urban blues and had influences from spiritual singing.

Dorsey helped to popularize Gospel music. In the s and s, gospel and blues were merged in soul blues music. Musically, spirituals were a descendant of New England choral traditions, and in particular of Isaac Watts 's hymns , mixed with African rhythms and call-and-response forms.

Spirituals or religious chants in the African-American community are much better documented than the "low-down" blues. Spiritual singing developed because African-American communities could gather for mass or worship gatherings, which were called camp meetings. Edward P. Comentale has noted how the blues was often used as a medium for art or self-expression, stating: "As heard from Delta shacks to Chicago tenements to Harlem cabarets, the blues proved—despite its pained origins—a remarkably flexible medium and a new arena for the shaping of identity and community.

Before World War II , the boundaries between blues and jazz were less clear. Usually jazz had harmonic structures stemming from brass bands , whereas blues had blues forms such as the bar blues. However, the jump blues of the s mixed both styles. After WWII, blues had a substantial influence on jazz. Bebop classics, such as Charlie Parker 's "Now's the Time", used the blues form with the pentatonic scale and blue notes.

Bebop marked a major shift in the role of jazz, from a popular style of music for dancing, to a "high-art", less-accessible, cerebral "musician's music". The audience for both blues and jazz split, and the border between blues and jazz became more defined.

The blues' bar structure and the blues scale was a major influence on rock and roll music. Rock and roll has been called "blues with a backbeat "; Carl Perkins called rockabilly "blues with a country beat".

Rockabillies were also said to be bar blues played with a bluegrass beat. Jerry Lee Lewis 's style of rock and roll was heavily influenced by the blues and its derivative boogie woogie.

His style of music was not exactly rockabilly but it has been often called real rock and roll this is a label he shares with several African American rock and roll performers. The early African American rock musicians retained the sexual themes and innuendos of blues music: "Got a gal named Sue, knows just what to do" " Tutti Frutti ", Little Richard or "See the girl with the red dress on, She can do the Birdland all night long" " What'd I Say ", Ray Charles. Early country music was infused with the blues.

A lot of the s-era "outlaw" country music by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings also borrowed from the blues. When Jerry Lee Lewis returned to country after the decline of s style rock and roll, he sang his country with a blues feel and often included blues standards on his albums.

Like jazz , rock and roll , heavy metal music , hip hop music , reggae , rap, country music , and pop music , blues has been accused of being the " devil 's music" and of inciting violence and other poor behavior. Handy was the first to popularize blues-influenced music among non-black Americans.

During the blues revival of the s and '70s, acoustic blues artist Taj Mahal and legendary Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins wrote and performed music that figured prominently in the popularly and critically acclaimed film Sounder Perhaps the most visible example of the blues style of music in the late 20th century came in , when Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi released the film The Blues Brothers.

The band formed also began a successful tour under the Blues Brothers marquee. In , Martin Scorsese made significant efforts to promote the blues to a larger audience. Blues guitarist and vocalist Keb' Mo' performed his blues rendition of " America, the Beautiful " in to close out the final season of the television series The West Wing.

Hosted by President Obama and Mrs. Obama , the show featured performances by B.


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    Blues is a music genre and musical form which was originated in the Deep South of the United States around the s by African-Americans from roots in African musical traditions, African-American work songs, and incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, chants, and rhymed simple narrative blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues Cultural origins: s, Deep South, U.S.
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    The blues are a historically African-American song form. They are a blend of ballads and field hollers. Hollers were the work songs of the slaves when .
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