A History of “The Blues”. General Music Grade 6 Michael Perkins. The Roots of the Blues. The Transition. Blues. Slave music was first hymns & work songs. Gradually it became reworked into an original form of expression.
Ma Rainey, one of the first female stars, was born into a show business family in Georgia. She toured with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels and formed her own band called the Georgia Jazz Band.
"Front Room at Ida B. Wells Housing Projects in Chicago"Russell Lee 1941