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The Blues Musical Tradition Set of Musical Techniques / Style Musical Form Down-to-Earth Subject Matter Blues Sensibility
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Blues Timeline Oral tradition dates to 1870s-1880s • Mississippi Delta Region • Folk music of poor, rural African-Americans Early 1900s - First published as sheet music 1920 - Popular Recorded blues craze begins
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Mississippi Delta
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City Blues (“Classic Blues”) • Blues queens • African-American female leaders fronting bands • working-class performers and perspectives
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Bessie Smith (1894–1937) “Empress of the Blues” 160+ recordings
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Bessie Smith “St. Louis Blues” (1925) Composed in 1914 by W.C. Handy Most recorded song before World War II
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Bessie Smith, “St. Louis Blues” (1925) I hate to see the evening sun go down. Call Response (trumpet) I hate to see the evening sun go down. Call Response (trumpet) Makes me think I’m on my last go ‘round. Call Response (trumpet)
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Bessie Smith, “St. Louis Blues” (1925) Trio: vocals (Smith), trumpet (Louis Armstrong), reed organ
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course MUSICOL 123 taught by Professor Garret during the Fall '11 term at University of Michigan.

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