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...The “Mother of Blues” was born Gertrude Pridgett on April 26, 1886, in Georgia, USA. “Ma” Rainey was the first blues singer to fuse country blues with urban blues, and one of the first women to sing blues professionally and commercially...

Classic Blues

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...A term which has been widely adopted to identify the women blues singers and early recording artistes of the blues idiom, the ‘Classic Blues’ was initially an element in a classification of the blues which had bearing on the development...

Atlanta, GA

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: city – 416,474 (2000); metropolitan area – 3,857,097 (2000) Atlanta, self-dubbed the ‘the city too busy to hate,’ is the eleventh-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Located in northern central...

Blues

Paul Oliver

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Blues is an African-American musical genre which arose in the southern United States around the beginning of the twentieth century. With ragtime, jazz and gospel music it was part of a rich growth in African-American musical...