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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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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
the train chariot to the promised land
The Train….Chariot to the Promised Land
  • -the train now begins to come down into the deep south…
chicago the promised land
Chicago…the promised land!

…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

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-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.

chicago bound
“Chicago Bound”
  • By Jimmy Rogers (press play on old school tape)
  • “Chess” recording artist, backed up Muddy Waters
  • Traces the journey blues would take
  • Notice what the back beat rhythm sounds like?
  • Blues musicians often pay tribute to the train.
  • Remind me, and I’ll play you mine.
bb king
BB King
  • Riley “Blues Boy” King
  • Memphis Blues

More horns, due to the riverboats dropping off all those Jazz players

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BB King is now considered “King of the Blues” and is probably blues music’s most recognized face.

  • He and his guitar “Lucille” used to play over 300 shows a year, now in his 80’s he’s slowed down but still touring
muddy waters
Muddy Waters
  • Given name was McKinley Morganfield
  • Moved to Chicago from Mississippi.
  • Born in Rolling Fork Mississippi
big sound for big audiences

Big Sound for Big Audiences

Big Sound for Big Audiences

Thousandsof folks want to hear their kind of music

Amplification could allow guitars and harmonicas to fill up a room

This is the “HoochieCoochie” Man

chess records would begin
Chess Records would begin
  • Specializing in Chicago’s black musicians
  • Some did well, some were taken advantage of
chuck berry
Chuck Berry

Notice the colour of the audience?

What do you think happens to blues next?

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