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Changes In Rhythm And Blues In The 1950's

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Jason Marks000819093AMUS 319ZAssignment #1The 1950's was a very interesting time for the music industry. Changes were going on that would shape the musical styles that we listen to even today. Looking at this from the musicians point of view, these changes were welcomed by some, disliked by others, and still others felt indifferent. Nonetheless, The Public's taste in music was changing, and record producers and DJ's were starting to give them what they wanted to hear.In terms of labeling the genre of music, this was a very confusing time. Many names were being thrown around to label the types of new music that were becoming popular, from blues, and rhythm and blues, to black music and race ...view middle of the document...

In this essay he said, "The blues will surely get stronger before the blues get weaker. Regardless of it's impact on the pop field, the blueswill surely go on."(p.73) Wexler first noticed this happening when a friend of his named Howie Richmond called to say that something was going on in the south and southwest. Rhythm and blues, which was being called cat music in the south at this time, was really catching on and was being sold to whites as well as blacks. Wexler believed that "White Southerners, in spite of the traditional aura of racial bigotry, have always enjoyed the most passionate rapport with black music, itself a southern phenomenon." White teenagers from down south were taking their transistor radios, which had just recently been invented, to the beach, and playing rhythm and blues music. Wexler said that these teenagers were the ones who "started the charge toword ballsy rhythm and blues." Music was becoming more rebellious and more blatantly sexual, and these kids loved and supported it.So as we can see, little by little rhythm and blues was making its way into other markets. People from all places and races were beginning to listen to this new style of music that everyone was talking about. Before, it was nearly impossible for rhythm and blues singers to have their songs played on general audience radio stations, but as Ruth Brown puts it on page 64, these singers were starting to "break the boundary by the strength and quality of their music." Ray Charles observed this change, and on page 68 he says, "Beginning around 1956, I saw that my music had appeal beyond my own people. I saw it breaking through to other markets, and now and then there'd be a date in a city auditorium where whites would come along with blacks." Little Richard also believed that blacks were "breaking through the barrier." He said that white kids who were buying his albums had to hide them so their parents didn't know they had them in the house. He decided that his image should be "so crazy and way out" that the adults would thing he was just some goofy harmless performer. He opted to appear in one show as the Queen of England, and the next as the pope. On page 93, he says, "They were exciting times. The fans would go really wild. Nearly every place we went, the people got unruly. They'd want to get to me and tear my clothes off. It would be standing room crowds and ninety percent of the audience would be white. I've always thought that rock and roll brought the races together." He goes on to say that even though he was black, the fans didn't care. This made him feel good, since he had thought that the white audience hated him. He was from the South, where race barriers were much more prominent.Whites were beginning to really enjoy what was then being called rhythm and blues or race music. DJ's were starting to play more and more rhythm and blues on their shows. Jerry Wexler pointed out that "The lines between black and white music were starting to fade. Hip...

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