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"If you want to sing the Blues..."

Blues - African Roots

Classic Blues Singers

  • Ma Rainey

  • Bessie Smith

  • Clara Smith

  • Chippie Hill

Work Songs 

  • Call and response

Field Hollers

  • inflection

  • pitch changes

1910

Country (Delta) Blues
  • Charley Patton
  • Son House
  • Robert Johnson
  • Blind Lemon Jefferson
1940
Post-War Female Blues Singers
  • Big Maybelle
  • Big Mama Thornton
  • Little Esther Phillips
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