Unit 1 - Lecture 2 Blues - Lecture 2 The Blues*Featured artists Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith In the early 19th century AAs began to appear as comic

Unit 1 - Lecture 2 Blues - Lecture 2 The Blues*Featured...

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Lecture 2: The Blues *Featured artists: Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith - In the early 19 th century, AAs began to appear as comic figures in songs and theatrical performances o These acts assembled into completed shows known as minstrel shows Songs were known as Ethiopian melodies o They were essential to the development of ragtime, blues, and country because they provided employment for many musicians - First minstrel show was in 1843 (The Virginia Minstrel Show) o Edwin P Christy – Credited with establishing the minstrel show format o Began to fade into Vaudeville style - Minstrel shows helped expose larger audiences to AA characteristics - Also provided an early place for AA performers in the entertainment business o The large list of entertainers included Ma Rainey “Mother of the Blues” as well as Bessie Smith Toured with rabbit foot minstrels
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- The Blues: In the 1920s, recorded blues fell into two main categories: Country (Rural) blues and Classic (City) blues o City blues was the first to be recorded, however not first chronologically o Country blues was the first incarnation and was found in several regions of the US – primarily the Mississippi delta Early performers were usually men, who were unaccompanied or self-
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