African Americans left hot southern fields and found they did not have much money or anyone to love. So they would sing. That was the birth of the Blues. A forceful vocal delivery and command of the genre earned Bessie Smith
the title “Empress of the Blues.” Robert Johnson
was a delta blues guitarist considered by some to the Grandfather of Rock and Roll. But if you listen to his songs, they were definitely the blues. Howling Wolf
was really good at telling everyone about the blues. Our people seemed to have a song of woe in their souls because the person they love loves someone else. But somehow a person could make it as long as they could sing about it. Muddy Waters
had his own way of trying to attract his woman. At about this time Black music was felt deep down in the souls of everyone. So much so that white folks would go to the African American parts of town and listen to soulful music sung by someone like Big Mama Thornton
and make the same song a hit on the pop side of the charts.