Est. 1997


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, brought there by W.C. Handy, who composed and  published the first commercial blues. Handy's "St. Louis Blues" would become one of the most recorded blues songs of the 20th Century.

Guitarist T-Bone Walker was born in 1910 in Linden, Texas.

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, bandleader Howlin' Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett) was born in Mississippi.

On June 17, 1910, Red Foley AKA 'Mr. Country Music' was born in Blue Lick, Kentucky, U.S.

Record producer John Hammond was born in New York City on December 15, 1910

The Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe was born in Rosine, Kentucky.

Lightnin' Hopkins was born on March 15, 1912 in Centerville, Texas.

August 12, 1912 - Songwriter and performer Rex Griffin was born in Gadsden, Alabama.

Smiley Lewis was born in DeQuincy, Louisiana on July 5, 1913.

Pinetop Perkins was born in Belzoni, Mississippi.

Madison County, Tennessee: Sonny Boy Williamson I was born on March 30, 1914.

Sonny Boy Williamson II was born in Glendora, Mississippi.

Birmingham, Alabama, May 22, 1914, Sun Ra lands on Earth from Saturn.

Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) was born in rural Mississippi.

March 20, 1915 - Sister Rosetta Tharpe was born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas.

Billie Holiday was born on April 7, 1915.

Hound Dog Taylor Born April 12, 1915 in Natchez, Mississippi.

Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1915, Willie Dixon was born.

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.

1917 - The Original Dixieland Jazz Band made the first jazz recording in New York City.

"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."  ----  "Europe is credited with bringing ragtime out of the bordellos and juke joints into mainstream society and elevating African American music into an accepted art form."


By Carl P. McConnell