Electric Blues to Rock & Roll

[TEMP: OUT OF ORDER. Please listen instead to this public web-linked version of the list for this week’s assignment.

(Choose from either of the following two categories:)

    Delta- and mid-western African American singer-guitarists that presage the Chicago Style:

  1. Memphis Minnie’s I’m Not a Bad Girl (1941)
  2. Muddy Waters’ Country Blues (1941, recorded by Alan Lomax)
  3. Sister Rosetta Thorpe’s Don’t Take Everybody to Be Your Friend (1946)
  4. Big Mamma Thornton’s “Hound Dog” (1953, Lieber & Stoller)

    Chicago Electric Blues

  5. Elmore James’ Standing at the Crossroads (1954)
  6. Muddy Waters’ (I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man” (1954, Willie Dixon)
  7. Muddy Waters’ (I Feel Like) Going Home (1962*)
  8. Little Walter’s Blues with a Feeling (1958*)
  9. Howlin’ Wolf’s Moaning at Midnight (1962*)

And then comes Rock and Roll:

  1. Elvis Presley’s Hound Dog (1956)
  2. Chuck Berry’s Too Much Monkey Business (1957)


    *Recording dates of Chicago Blues artists do not normally reflect their earliest point of influence on popular artists, since record-industry interest in these musicians did not expand until after the era of Rock & Roll, at which time they had been privately influential to rock and roll musicians for more than a decade. The Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf songs on this list were especially influential (as live performances) to Chuck Berry and other rock & roll artists and producers.