In 1903, musical scholar, W.C. Handy, first documented hearing blues music on a train station platform in Mississippi.
Joseph Walter Shaw
Joseph Walter Shaw, a skilled tailor from South Carolina, leaves his day job as a train servant and opens Shaw Cleaners at 620 W. Fifth St. in Dayton.
In August 1920, the first blues song was recorded by Mamie Smith. This monumental moment was also the first time an African-American was recorded singing. This was a huge moment in for blues as it provided other aspiring artists with hope.
October 16, 1922
In 1922, Race Records was established, opening new doors for African American aspiring artists.
February 16, 1923
In 1923, Bessie Smith recorded her first song, “Down Hearted Blues,” which ended up putting her at the top of the list of classic blues artists.
December 1925 - January 1926
In 1925, Lemon Jefferson began recording some of his famous blues staples. Jefferson was born legally blind, but that did not alter his ability to perform. He was considered the Father of Texas Blues.
In 1939, Les Paul invented the log which was a solid-bodied guitar made of fencepost.
June 3, 1950
In 1950, Chess Records was established.
July 4, 1952
On the 4th of July in 1952, Elvis Presley found success with his first blues song and quickly became one of the most popular and well-known artists in the world.