American Music

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Created on: 26 Dec 2009
The original homeland of all the popular genres today, American music lovers come on in

Paying respect to all the originators and innovators, without them we'd truly have nothing. without them not one of your favorite bands or singers would exist no matter where they're from.

This group is not intended to be a group for people who only listen to music by artist from America, it is simply appreciation for the popular American genres that had worldwide influence.

The music of the United States reflects the country's multi-ethnic population through a diverse array of styles. Rock and roll, blues, country, rhythm and blues, jazz, pop, techno, and hip hop are among the country's most internationally-renowned genres. The United States has the world's largest music industry and its music is heard around the world. Since the beginning of the 20th century, some forms of American popular music have gained a near global audience.

American popular music had a profound effect on music across the world. The country has seen the rise of popular styles that have had a significant influence on global culture, including ragtime, blues, jazz, rock, R&B, doo wop, gospel, soul, funk, heavy metal, punk, disco, house, techno, salsa, grunge and hip hop. In addition, the American music industry is quite diverse, supporting a number of regional styles like zydeco, klezmer and slack-key. The appeal of these styles lies in their supple, energetic rhythms, their appealing vocal lines, and in many cases their symbolic associations with the plight of the underprivileged.

American music enjoyed world wide success, the American culture spreaded so fast during the war, American soldiers would bring their popular culture to britain, the people liked what they heard, and the rest is history as they say.

Elvis Presley - King of Rock, Arguably the most influential artist of all time, Elvis Presley has had an extensive cultural impact. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, "it was Elvis who made rock 'n' roll the international language of pop." A PBS documentary described Presley as "an American music giant of the 20th century who single-handedly changed the course of music and culture in the mid-1950s."[1] His recordings, dance moves, attitude and clothing came to be seen as embodiments of rock and roll. His music was heavily influenced by African-American blues, Christian gospel, and Southern country.

Presley sang both hard driving rockabilly, rock and roll dance songs and ballads, laying a commercial foundation upon which other rock musicians would build their careers. African-American performers like Big Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris and Fats Domino came to national prominence after Presley's acceptance among mass audiences of White American teenagers. Singers like Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and others immediately followed in his wake. John Lennon later observed, "Before Elvis, there was nothing."

Aretha Franklin - Queen of Soul

Michael Jackson - King of Pop

Frank Sinatra - King of swing

Marvin Gaye - King of R&B

Charles "Buddy" Bolden - King of Jazz

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