Blues Of The 50's
64 artists, 2469 songs
Urban blues flourished in the early 1950s as record companies like Chicago's Chess and Checker Records sold millions of records by artists like Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James. Featuring electric guitar, amplified harmonica and drums, this music had a raw, raucous sound that became a primary influence on rock and roll. Memphis guitarist B.B. King scored his first hit with "Three O'Clock Blues" in 1951, and his fluid, jazzy electric lead guitar style became a huge influence on blues guitarists all over the world. Although the genre's mainstream success declined in the U.S. by the end of the decade, the blues remained popular with African-American audiences in regions like Chicago, Memphis and Mississippi.