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Unformatted text preview: circuit (African-American vaudeville). Mamie Smith recorded Crazy Blues in 1920; it popularized the classic blues and women blues singers. Ma Rainey sang blues songs that were closer to rural blues than most other black women singers; was very influential on many women who followed her. Bessie Smith: the Empress of the Blues. Identified with sophisticated city blues styles. Blues was influential on the development of early jazz, although the two are not the same thing. (Although, as Daniel Kngman correctly notes, the blues, in both form and feeling, has never been wholly absent from jazz . . . except perhaps during the big band Swing Era.)...
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2010 for the course MUSL MUSL 147 taught by Professor Lovensheimer during the Fall '08 term at Vanderbilt.
- Fall '08