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1910s
In 1910, Tin Pan Alley sold $2 billion worth of sheet music.  Ragtime was so popular in Tin Pan Alley that it eventually replaced the ballad as its most marketable song product.

The Blues invaded Tin Pan Alley in 1914, brought there by W.C. Handy, who composed the first commercial blues to be published.  Handy's "St. Louis Blues" became not only an American classic, but one favored abroad.

1915 - Alan Lomax was born in Austin, Texas. In the early 1930s, Alan Lomax and his father, folklorist John A. Lomax, developed the Library of Congress’ Archive of American Folksong.

Storyville was shut down during World War I, sending the Jazz musicians up the Mississippi river in search of employment and spreading Jazz to cities on the river and to Chicago and New York.

The first jazz recordings in history were made in 1917. The Original Dixieland Jazz Band was causing a sensation at a New York night club and Columbia invited the band to record two numbers but decided not to release them. A few weeks later, Victor also recorded the band and released the records known as the first sounds of jazz ever recorded. While the original Dixieland Jazz Band did not invent jazz and wasn’t the best playing at the time, its records helped to make jazz a worldwide phenomenon.

James Reese Europe is cited in books about ragtime and early jazz as the most respected black bandleader of the 'teens', but he should also be recognized among World War I historians because of his musical compositions inspired by wartime experiences, and the achievements of his band known as the 369th U.S. Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band.  


 
MY MUSICAL LIFE
By Carl P. McConnell

Mabel McConnell talks about the Carter Family, Doc & Carl,
The Original Virginia Boys and the early days of radio.



But for a few twists of fate, Atlanta could easily have grown to be the recording center that Nashville is today. Pickin' on Peachtree traces Atlanta's emergence in the 1920s as a major force in country recording and radio broadcasting, a position of dominance it enjoyed for some forty years. From the Old Time Fiddlers' Conventions and barn dances through the rise of station WSB and other key radio outlets, Wayne W. Daniel thoroughly documents the consolidation of country music as big business in Atlanta. He also profiles a vast array of performers, radio personalities, and recording moguls who transformed the Peachtree city into the nerve center of early country music. More...


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