Blues Moves to Chicago and gets Electrified. 0. 1940’s and 50’s Mississippi River to Chicago -the industrial revolution hits the northern cities of the United States, Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, but especially Chicago become filled with factories needing workers.
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…bringing word that these cities are in demand of labour. The money the opportunities to be had are far beyond any in the cotton fields of the deep south
The migration of 20 million blacks to the northern cities of the US begins.
-by World War II millions of blacks have made the move. Other cities between the Delta and the Great Lakes, like Memphis and St. Louis would also flourish and become blues hotbeds but Chicago would grow the largest blues scene of any of the Midwestern cities.
More horns, due to the riverboats dropping off all those Jazz players
BB King is now considered “King of the Blues” and is probably blues music’s most recognized face.
Chicago’s blues seen would develop in it’s black community on the south side
Notice the colour of the audience?
What do you think happens to blues next?