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How did blues evolve? Just as many jazz musicians did, during the Great Black Migration (especially between 1920 and 1950) many blues artists migrated in search of work to northern industrial cities. The rural blues mixed with a hard and heavy rhythm giving rise to an urban and electric blues. This...
Are there other styles? Other styles that were also electrified were the Texas blues, developed by Blind Lemon Jefferson or Lightnin Hopkins, and the Memphis blues with artists like Furry Lewis and a young Ike Turner with his band The Kings of Rhythm. In Louisiana appears the zydeco, a combination...
How was American society like? After World War II, the United States was left in a hegemonic position. Although America is prosperous and secure, there is the anti-communist hysteria promoted by Senator Joseph McCarthy and his witch-hunt. Also, there are movements of discontent such as the...
How did it affect music? Racial segregation is reflected in all areas of society. That is why the market for popular music is divided into two distinct and mutually exclusive areas. One with sounds for whites and the other for blacks. The white side is dominated by the producers and composers of...
What happened to Race Music? The race music aspect is very active. New genres, styles and sounds are appearing that, for the moment, are still in the ghetto. Two cities predominate, each with its own vision and music scene. It is in the race music that a new popular music will appear, which will...
What happens in New Orleans? New Orleans is a rich and exciting musical hotbed. Music is played at funerals as well as at carnival parades and slums in Storyville, the neighbourhood where jazz was born and which gave it the reputation of being a fun town. The king of instruments is the piano, with...
Who is he? Antoine Domino was the serial head of the so-called New Orleans sound. He started very young playing rhythm and blues in places in his city, accompanied by bassist Billy Diamond, who called him Fats. While making a living from all kinds of jobs, in 1948 he was signed to the Imperial...
Who is he? Discover new musical continents that others will explore later. To a mix of blues, rhythm and blues and gospel, add rhythmic speed and vitality to create exhilarating and disturbing sounds. His songs are a meeting point for blacks and whites in the racist southern states. He is not...
When did he succeed? While washing dishes at the Macon bus station, he sends a tape to the Los Angeles-based Specialty label, which, after six months, replies with a plane ticket to New Orleans, where he lands in 1955. After several unsuccessful recording sessions due to nerves, the producer, Bumps...
How important is it? After the war, the blues had a great influence on the mass popular music of the United States. Although New Orleans' rhythm and blues reigns supreme in the South, other styles like Slim Harpo's swamp blues are gaining ground.     At the same time, Chicago welcomes all kinds of...
How important is it? He is the inventor of the simple and perennial form of rock and archetype of rocker. His songs are the quintessence of the style: unstoppable rhythm, sharp guitar, strident sound, precise stories and evocative power. He has qualities that make him the most influential of the...
What was his best moment? From 1955, Berry began a dizzying existence. He appears in several films and travels all over the country with other young artists. All this while recording numerous albums, twenty of which reached the charts. Intimately, Berry aspires to become the king of rock and roll,...

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