Rock and Blues Notes 2 - 107 UNIT TWO 1950s-1960s BLUES IN...

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107 UNIT TWO 1950s-1960s BLUES IN THE 1950s In ‘50s, blues most important _______________ On _______________ music South again lost population to cities in ‘40s-’50s New _______________ in black community Blacks became more _______________ than before Music: glamorous, _______________, powerful Blues of _______________ Blues singer Emphasis on _______________ Stereotyped lyrics, less _______________ to singer In early ‘50s Last support in black community for blues _______________ time commercially _______________ pushed blues to sidelines Labels not exposing blues artists To _______________ audiences Nor blacks in _______________ End of ‘50s, few blues artists _______________ successful Replaced “_______________ music” in ‘49 Wide _______________ of styles _______________ style in song’s structure New, gritty-sounding, amplified blues in Chicago Sam Phillips recorded many _______________ Records Record companies devoted to recording _______________ Large companies had _______________ recording of blues In late ‘40s, _______________ labels began Some owned by Black Americans Chicago, South, West Coast Chess Records Aristocrat Records on Chicago’s South Side Recorded blues artists Changed name to Chess Records in ‘50 Major force in _______________ industry Due to success of _______________ Willie Dixon William James Dixon (15-92) Black blues singer, _______________, record producer at Chess
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Played _______________ on many recordings Acted as talent scout One of most famous blues _______________ Wrote _______________ tunes for many popular blues singers Major force: helped _______________ blues Mixed country-blues with contemporary urban pride Reshaped blues into style of pop Delta blues’ plain but expressive language Pop songwriter’s sense of a great song WILLIE DIXON “29 Ways” (56) CHICAGO BLUES Began in early ‘50s Descended from _______________ blues Louder, more aggressive Increased _______________ Amplifiers at maximum Electronic instruments Mixed _______________ blues with ‘40s’ city blues Bluesmen from Delta region _______________ Blues Little Walter Marion Walter Jacobs (30-68) Played _______________ at 8 Left Louisiana at 12 to play in New Orleans _______________ in ‘46 Started recording in ‘47 Played with Muddy Waters in ‘40s-’50s Led Aces in ‘52 Took place of Junior Wells Wells took Walter’s place in Muddy Waters’ band Walter reformed band into Night Cats
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course MUSIC ??? taught by Professor Dr.payne during the Spring '08 term at University of Nebraska Kearney.

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