The Early Women of the Blues

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The Exploitation of Blues

The Exploitation of Blues by Lila Gilliam The blues was a genre the originated in the South, inspired and influenced by slavery. I like to think of the genre as a spin-off of the Negro Spiritual and Folk Music- secular music that still tells a story and relates to the plight of the Black man […]

Women and the Blues: Freedom of Expression

by: Claire Jackson Blues music presented a way for Black women to express themselves and their independence in a very special way. Lyrics in the blues genre could sometimes be very expressive romantically and sexually, something that wasn’t often heard of in the 1920s and 1930s. Some very prominent singers of the time include Ma […]

Iconic Women of the Blues and their Impact on the Genre

Iconic Women of the Blues and their Impact on the Genre The Blues genre originated in the 1890s in the American Deep South, specifically in the Mississippi Delta. It has since become described by four distinctive characteristics: blues texts (the lyrics), instrumentation, blue notes, and blues form. The blues are also typically sung solo with […]

Legendary Mamie Smith

Legendary Mamie Smith Introduction Mamie Smith was a multi-talented entertainer, as she was a performer on stage and in film. Mamie Smith can be considered a legendary musician because she paved the way for many other blues artists when she was the first to make a blues record. She is a significant blues figure.  “Crazy […]

Baby’s Got Crazy Blues: Mamie Smith

Thesis: Mamie Smith is significant by being the first to make a blues record, which paved way for other blues artists and increased the popularity of race records. The blues is a genre of music that originated in the south, expressing  experiences, feelings, and emotions.  In this genre, there is a primary voice, the singer […]