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The History of Guitar in America: Merging Styles

Episode 20

Episode date - July 5, 2024

How Music Changed

    As World War II ended, the music industry went through a significant number of changes.

    The immense expense of supporting big bands forced them to pare down their instrumentation. The musician’s strike also imposed a serious impact on the state of American music, with the appearance of smaller record labels starting to gain a foothold in the industry.

    Both factors helped the guitar to gain even more traction as a vital instrument, as it was easily capable of fitting in well with every style of music. Today’s show covers just one representation of how the guitar played a major role in merging myriad styles and forming a newer, ‘hipper’ style of music, regardless of the genre.

    Featured tracks include:

    Blues at Sunrise – Ivory Joe Hunter (w/ Johnny Moore)

    Driftin’ Blues – Johhny Moore and the 3 Blazers

    Merry Christmas, Baby – Johnny Moore and the 3 Blazers

    Sweet Lorraine – Nat King Cole Trio (w/ Oscar Moore)

    Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good to You – Nat King Cole Trio (w/ Oscar Moore)

    Nature Boy – Nat King Cole Trio (w/ Oscar Moore)

    Oscar’s Blues – Oscar Moore

    Tiny’s Tempo – Tiny Grimes

    Tiny’s Boogie – Tiny Grimes

    Tiny’s Boogie Woogie – Tiny Grimes

    Bootleggin’ Baby – Roy Brown (w/ Jimmy Davis)

    Letter from Home – Roy Brown (w/ Jimmy Davis)

    Laughing but Crying – Roy Brown (w/Jimmy Davis)

    Channel 30 - The History of Guitar in America 1922-1962