popular music in america 1850-2000 kara hartz 6.30.04 a new genre 1850s Popular music was born in America with the music of Stephen Foster. “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair” became one of his most famous songs. Stephen Foster music unites us 1860s
Popular music was born in America with the music of Stephen Foster. “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair” became one of his most famous songs.
American life changed at the onset of the Civil War. So did its music.
Americans joined the Union Army in singing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” during this time of war.
Arlington, Va. Band of 107th U.S. Colored Infantry at Fort Corcoran
The invention of the phonograph impacted the popular music industry more than almost anything else. Now music could be recorded and sold….again and again and again and again…
Vaudeville burst onto American stages and lifted the spirits of tired workers during the Industrial Revolution. This new style was a lively combination of song, dance, and theatre.
Americans danced to a new beat as the century came to a close. Ragtime music was made popular by composer Scott Joplin and was one of the first styles to be enjoyed by blacks and whites alike.
Ragtime music provided the soundtrack for dancing the Cakewalk.
Americans soon capitalized on music’s money-making possibilities. Publishers sold their popular sheet music on legendary Tin Pan Alley.
Irving Berlin brought the Ragtime Era to a close with his extremely popular “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.” Unfortunately, this song isn’t really ragtime.
Jazz performers like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington and blues singer Bessie Smith hit the scene with their lively rhythms, soulful voices, and incredible instrumentals. Jazz became “America’s classical music.”
Jazz evolved into swing as a new style of dancing swept the nation. Singers developed scat singing by trying to imitate the various instruments of the band.
Benny Goodman’s Orchestra
As families sent their men off to fight in World War II, Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, and Frank Sinatra helped keep the nation at ease with their smooth vocals.
Bing Crosby entertains American troops.
Elvis Presley was America’s very first rock star. His swiveling hips were banned from TV’s Ed Sullivan Show. Viewers could only see the singer’s head and chest during the broadcast.
The British Invasion brought Americans the Rolling Stones, the Who, and of course, the Beatles. Fans around the world were struck with “Beatlemania.”
Many different styles of music became popular during this time. Saturday Night Fever was the beginning of a new style called disco.
MTV aired for the first time, making image every bit as important to musicians as their music. Now music can be seen and heard.
Music during the 1990s included everything from ballads to boy bands and rock to rap. Popular styles from the past like swing also started to come back.
N*Sync provided teenage girls with a reason to scream in the late 1990s.
Music became available for free thanks to the internet. The angry music industry quickly puts a stop to this. To date, we still have to pay for our music.
~ Chuck Berry
I saw Satan laughing with delight the day the music died.
~ Don McLean
We hardly need to use our ears, how music changes through the years.
~ Bob Seger
I have my ship, and all her flags are a-flying. She is all that I have left, and music is her name.
~ Crosby, Stills, and Nash
Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand. With an equal opportunity for all to sing, dance, and clap their hands.
~ Stevie Wonder
~ Paul Simon
Music is your special friend, dance on fire as it intends.
~ The Doors
Music touching my soul, the spirit dance was unfolding.
~ John Lennon
Play that funky music, white boy, lay down that boogie and play that funky music 'til you die.
~ Wild Cherry
He sings the songs that remind him of the good times.
You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you.
~ Carly Simon
Without a song or a dance, what are we?
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Slides Eighteen – Twenty One
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