Jazz & Blues
The Roots of Popular Music
Blues was born out of the songs sung by black slaves during the slave trade in the 1800s and continued by black people who felt oppressed by racism and inequality. Famous recordings include: Saint Louis blues and Memphis Blues, written by WC Handy, Hound Dog written by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller and I can't quit you baby written by Wille Dixon. Most blues artists, From Blind Lemon Jefferson and Bessie Smith to Led Zeppelin, have recorded these songs and countless others like it. The blues was played by average Black americans for many years until, in around 1910, it began to develop into Rag-Time and Dixieland Jazz in New Orleans. Artists like Jelly Roll Morton and The Original Dixieland Jazz Band (or ODJB) began playing this new form of music and called in "Jass", a name which later evolved into Jazz.