Blues History

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Arrangements had been rehearsed to the point of effortlessness and have been sometimes accompanied by background vocalists. Simple repetitive parts mesh, creating momentum and rhythmic interaction producing mellow, lilting, and often hypnotic textures whereas calling attention to no particular person sound. While singers are emotionally engaged with the lyrics, often intensely so, they remain cool, relaxed, and in control.

Many components, similar to the decision-and-response format and the use of blue notes, can be traced back to the music of Africa. The origins of the blues are additionally intently related to the religious music of the Afro-American neighborhood, the spirituals.

He coined the term “rhythm and blues”, and was integral in signing and/or producing lots of the greatest acts of the time, including Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers, Chris Connor, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Wilson Pickett, Dire Straits, Dusty Springfield and Bob Dylan. Wexler was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and in 2017 to the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. It’s necessary to note that ‘pop’ is more of a marketing time period than it is a musical style. ‘Pop’ music implied songs that would accommodate radio play, have a familiar verse/refrain/verse format, and in any other case attraction to wide audiences.

Neurologist Oliver Sacks states that chimpanzees and other animals show no comparable appreciation of rhythm but posits that human affinity for rhythm is fundamental, so that a person’s sense of rhythm can’t be lost (e.g. by stroke). “Record producer Jerry … Read More

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