Welcome to Earlyblues.org – History Section

This website, ‘Earlyblues.org’ , has been created to replace the History Section of the original Earlyblues.com website and is entirely dedicated to the history and evolution of the Blues as an on-line information resource including essays and articles, cultural aspects, exhibitions, presentations, courses, talks, research projects, reference lists, recommended blues books, blues resting places, and links to other blues sites. More details are found on the About page.

All parts of the original History Section on Earlyblues.com are being re-created here in a new more manageable format together with extended content, especially on British Blues welcoming new contributors Stevie King from the British Blues Archive website and Keith Woods from ‘Tales From The Woods’ magazine and roots music networking group. Details of both organisations are given on the Acknowledgements page.


Quote from the late Paul Oliver (who was one of the world’s leading authorities and writer on the history of the blues):
“Alan, congratulations on your Website EarlyBlues, sincerely, Paul Oliver”
(Check out interview with Paul Oliver at his home in 2009)

“…The blues tell the story of life’s difficulties — and, if you think for a moment, you realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph. This is triumphant music.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Please note:

As the full Earlyblues.com website is so large (having over 1,200 pages) this new History Section will be developed over time (re-creating the old format content into the new format). To keep each section complete there will be links to the old format where the material has now yet been re-formatted. When this is the case please click the back button or just close the page to return to this new format section.

To get back to the full Earlyblues.com website click here

To get back to the original History Section of Earlyblues.com click here


“Crazy Blues” written by Perry Bradford. Mamie Smith and Her Jazz Hounds recorded it on August 10, 1920, which was released that year by OKeh Records. Within a month of release, it had sold 75,000 copies. Although there were many recordings made of songs with blues in the title during the previous decade, this recording is considered a landmark as the first blues record ever issued.


Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy browsing. If you would like to contribute to the website please email me at alan@earlyblues.com .

On a Saturday night a local farmhand and sharecropper used to play guitar and sing here – who was he?


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