Pop Music- note set 1 (ch.21-26)

Pop Music- note set 1 (ch.21-26) - Popular Music after 1945...

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Popular Music after 1945 –Ch 24-26 23/01/2010 13:22:00 Pop Music Chapter Summaries ch. 21-26 Ray Charles - R&B NOT rock and roll (i.e. Chuck Berry, Little Richard) - Audience: adult for R&B vs. teenage audience for R&R - 1955 - New form of R&B (marketed towards an interracial teenage audience): Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, and Fats Domino Chuck Berry - singer, songwriter, guitarist; transcended many social boundaries by creating mini stories which depicted widespread experiences (ex cars, dating…) - music style: came from the blues; used Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker and Charlie Christian as influences for his guitar playing - Incorporated influences from Country and Pop music to create ‘fusion’ (what he became most known for) - Wrote some of his lyrics; wrote about subtle social issues, racial pride. From Chuck Berry: The Autobiography: - Ira Harris, Carl Hogan (guitarist in Louis Jordan’s Tympany Five) people who got him started playing the guitar (idols of his) - 1952: invited by Tommy Stevens to join and play with his combo at a nightclub, Huff’s Garden (his first paid appearance, at $6/night) - The Combo consisted of : Tommy Stevens- lead guitar, Pee Wee- alto sax, and Berry- guitar and singing the blues - Blues was always the ‘backbone’ of their program - Tommy Stevens provided Berry with the opportunity, and even encouraged him to present ideas, tactics, and changes to their program; i.e. Berry would break out into a Hillbilly selection in the middle of their Blues repertoire, in front of their ‘soul-music- loving’ audience, and Stevens would have no objections - Berry provided the program with ‘sensational entertainment’ - The Club was Packed every Friday and Saturday night; salaries were raised to $8/night - New Year’s Eve (soon to be 1953), Johnnie Johnson, of Sir John’s Trio, invited Berry to play at a very big and popular night club, ‘Cosmopolitan Club’ in Illinois; “it was on New Years Eve of 1953 that my career took its first firm step” p.84 - Berry was invited back by the owner of the club, Joe Lewis, and asked to ‘sing steady’ as part of a regular gig; the trio was Johnnie Johnson- leader and pianist, Ebby Hardy- drummer, Berry- guitar and singer
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- The predominant music of St. Louis was Country-Western (a.k.a hillbilly); Berry liked to play this music in front of black audiences, he earned the reputation as the ‘black hillbilly at the Cosmo’ (he was well liked by the audience) - Berry was also able to express himself and perform as he wished within this group; Johnson would smile at the applause Berry would receive from the crowds - Berry tried to please the crowd- he would insert tunes to impress the audience with his ‘hilarious hilly and basic billy delivery of the song’ - Berry succeed in drawing in a great number of spectators, he even attracted white spectators (sometimes up to 40% of the crowd)
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2010 for the course ARTS muar 392 taught by Professor Simonot during the Spring '10 term at McGill.

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