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.
Blues music is transported to the cities also 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
Big Sound for Big Audiences Muddy WattersBig 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
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?