|The Delta Blues Trail|
That travel came typically in the form of the Great Migration, identified as beginning around 1916 and lasting through to nearly 1970. Blacks from the south (not just the Delta) travelled north by the millions for higher paying jobs in the industrialized northern United States. In this group of weary travellers were musicians from the Delta region and they had guitars on their backs, harmonicas in their pockets and a unique story to tell. Landing in Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit and New York City in particular they took up jobs in foundries, factories and slaughterhouses.
He was a relative late comer to the Chicago scene in 1952 having had a successful career before he arrived. He is quoted as saying to the effect- he was the only black person to actually ‘drive his own car’ to Chicago. While a big influence at Chess Records and in the Clubs his record sales did not do as well after his arrival in part due to poor promotion by the Record Company, but he cut many great sides and made a good living touring nevertheless.
“Killing Floor” written and performed by Howlin' Wolf (1965). This song really shows off how immensely talented he was.
W.C. Handy. William Christopher Handy (November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958) did not invent the blues but as an educated man he listened carefully to his fellow African Americans and was the first to formally compose and popularize this type of music. A qualified teacher, musician and man of many skills Handy would become a band leader and the most prolific blues musician and songwriter of the first half of the Century. He became known for spreading the Blues throughout the United States.
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