Bill Monroe
The Father of Bluegrass
Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
King of Western Swing
Robert Johnson
King of the Mississippi Delta Blues
Bessie Smith
Classic Blues singer
Thomas Dorsey
The Father of Gospel Music
Rock music draws on ALL of the following:
*Country and Western
•Western Swing
•Rural and Classic Blues
•Jazz (Swing)
•Popular song
Four important R&B innovators
*Joe Turner
*Louis Jordan
*T-Bone Walker
*Muddy Waters
Joe Turner
*Known as the “Boss of the Blues”
Louis Jordan
*Innovator of the Jump Band
*Group known as “The Tympani Five”
*Athletic choreography (“jump”) in horn line
T’Bone Walker
*1st to popularize the electric guitar in R