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Music: Western Swing In Texas In 1930

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1- Zydeco: Zydeco was created by French-speaking black creoles during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Although zydeco is rooted in the musical traditions of Louisiana, historians have recently come to understand the important role that East Texas, with its substantial population of French-speaking blacks, also played in helping define the zydeco sound and in drawing international attention to this dynamic music (Hartman, 120). Originally called French la la, this new genre of music absorbed blues and R&B as well as other influences that would later help transform it into what is now called zydeco. It is unsure of exactly where the origin of zydeco came from, but people believe that ...view middle of the document...

Sadly, Guthrie died in the 1960s, but he became a major influence for folk singers such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.

4- Sugarhill Studios: Located in Houston’s third ward, Sugarhill Studios was founded in 1941 and is the oldest recording studio in Texas. Over the decades Sugarhill Studios has recored many artists of all genres from R&B artists Beyonce to Barbara Lynn, country artists George Jones to Clay Walker and many other genres such as zydeco, blues and psychedelic rock. In 1941, Bill Quinn started out making business commercials and personal birthday greetings, but in 1946 he branched out started Gold Star Records which became one of the first independent recording companies in the south. One of the first artist to be recorded there was Harry Choates with his record Jole Blon which was very successful and put Gold Star Recordings on the map. Quinn also recorded blues artist, Lightnin’ Hopkins, who he thought had great potential. Quinn went on to record several more musicians over the decades and about 70 years later, the recording studio is still in business.

5- “Dream Baby”: Roy Orbison’s Dream Baby is one of his greatest hits. In the early 1960s he helped promote relatively unknown acts such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys, who opened for Orbison on his European, American and Australian tours (Hartman, 203). Orbison had such a big impact on artists, such as the ones he took on tour, that in 1962 the Beatles sang Dream Baby when they debuted on BBC Radio which was written by Cindy Walker, a fellow Texan.

Short Essay:

Even though the Great Depression was a time of suffering economically, it was also a time for creativity in country music. Wester swing appeared in Texas in the 1930s and quickly spread to other states. The exciting new sound appealed to many teens in the 1920s. By the 1930s they had taken the reels, waltzes, fiddle breakdowns, and other styles they had learned from their elders and combined them with blues, rags, jazz, swing, and pop to create a remarkably diverse and...

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