Outline 4 - Country, Rockabilly, Elvis

Outline 4 - Country, Rockabilly, Elvis - Lecture 4 Country,...

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Lecture 4 Country, Rockabilly, Elvis Presley (“The King”) “Hillbilly” music • Later known as Country and Western Similarities between country/western and the blues • Originated in the rural south among working-class people • Transmitted orally, rather than through sheet music • Regional styles, rather than national • Became popular when Southerners migrated north to work in urban areas How did Country and Western become popular? • Mass migration north • Radio -WSM in Nashville ( Grand Ole Opry ) -1939- Opry goes national -WLS in Chicago ( National Barndance ) • Independent Record Companies Two important figures in the history of country music: Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933) • “The Singing Brakeman” • Mixed hillbilly, folk, and blues • First to make “hillbilly” music widely popular • EX. “Blue Yodel No. 8” Hank Williams (1923-1953) • Important songwriter and performer: many hits
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2008 for the course MUSC 205 taught by Professor King during the Fall '08 term at Maryland.

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Outline 4 - Country, Rockabilly, Elvis - Lecture 4 Country,...

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