Est. 1997



"I used to belong to church. I was a good Baptist, singing in the church. So I got all of my good moaning and trembling going on for me right out of church," - Muddy Waters, David P. Szatmary, Rockin' in Time: A Social History of Rock-and-Roll.

"I sold the last horse that we had. Made about fifteen dollars for him, gave my grandmother seven dollars and fifty cents, I kept seven-fifty and paid about two-fifty for that guitar. It was a Stella. - Muddy Waters,
Robert Palmer, Deep Blues.
Johnny Mercer had his first hit, Lazy Bones in 1933.  

Gene Autry’s career spanned some 70 years in the entertainment industry and he became famous in film, radio, television, and live theater and rodeo performances. Autry made 635 recordings, including more than 300 songs written or co-written by him. His records sold more than 100 million copies and he has more than a dozen gold and platinum records, including the first record ever certified gold.

Big Bill Broonzy  was well on his way to becoming one of the most important figures in recorded blues history.

17 year old Willie Dixon moved to Chicago in 1932.

Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys created a new art form called western swing.

Folklorist John Lomax discovered and recorded Leadbelly at the Angola Prison Farm in Louisiana in 1934.

Ella Fitzgerald made her singing debut at seventeen on November 21, 1934 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.

Mahalia Jackson made her first Gospel recordings in 1935.

In 1935, T-Bone Walker began experimenting with a prototype electric guitar and was one of the first guitarists anywhere to to play the instrument in public.

On Monday, March 2, 1936, Rex Griffin walked in to the The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana and recorded Everybody's Tryin' to Be My Baby.

In 1936, Robert Johnson ,"King of the Delta Blues", made his first recordings in San Antonio, Texas.  His second and last recording session was held in Dallas, Texas in 1937.

In 1938, Bill Monroe made his first appearance on WSM radio in Nashville, and Roy Acuff joined the Grand Ole Opry.

Charlie Christian's lively, inventive single-note playing helped popularize the electric guitar as a solo instrument and ushered in the era of bop.

By 1939, two hundred and twenty-five thousand jukeboxes were in operation and were said to be responsible for the sale of thirteen million records a year.

By Carl P. McConnell