Lecture 6 CREATEDATE 2/9/09 9:48 AM Scott Joplin ? no sense of swing Jitterbug Waltz ? Fats Waller Wrote when at the organ Shows basic left hand movements and fancy right hand Didn?t get credit for his music because he sold the rights to other artists Died in 1943 ? he was unhealthy from all the excess eating and drinking alcohol ? died on a train ride on the way back to LA ?Black and Blue? ? protest song, speaking out for a cause ? did it more for their music than for the actual cause different side of Fats ? slower Bessie Smith Sings the Blues Blues is such an big part of the music in this country today 3 cords form the basis of the blues almost always thought of as African American form but it?s not true blues had no structure whatsoever ? structure was added by the Europeans 3 4-major phrases in the blues major = 4 counts 4 counts 12 times blues was structure for almost all rock and roll early on vocal structure of the blues becomes very important first 4 counts is the first musical thought, first line of music next 4 counts repeat the same phrase the last 8 counts is the last line of words Andrew Lloyd Weber ? explained the blues: the first line of the blues is sung a second time, because by the third line you?ll have time to think of a rhyme, there?s no law that says the third line has got to be different at all Born in Chattanooga, TN in they think 1895 Not really sure what year, no records Was orphaned ? family left her by age 10 Sang on the streets for nickels and dimes For the most part was raised by her grandparents that pretty much let her do her own thing Myth saying she was kidnapped She went with Ma Rainey willingly because she saw the chance to get into show business Ma Rainey called herself the ugliest woman in show business ? mother of the blues First blues singer to become popular Sang in tent shows Bessie is called the empress of the blues First blues singer to become a legend Had first opportunity 3 different record companies turned her down but Columbia records immediately signed her when they heard her sold tons of records ? 800,000 copies sold to not only black people but everyone that heard her music John Hammond Very wealthy man Never really had to work a day in his life but he chose to First white member of the NAACP Great ear for people who were good and ?discover? them Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen
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