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Music and the 1920s Timeline
Evolution of Music.
Symphony Hall built in Boston
"Country" music of southeastern U.S. features guitar, fiddle banjo, harmonica - direct descendant of English, Scottish, Irish ballads, folk songs "Western" musical genre spreads through western states, features steel guitars and large bands; singing cowboys Based on Mississippi River boat music and black, French, Spanish piano music, jazz develops in New Orleans brothels, honky-tonk bars
George M. Cohan's musical play, Little Johnny Jones, followed by Forty-five Minutes from Broadway.
Florenz Ziegfeld launches Ziegfeld Follies, elaborate musical stage shows, through 1931, starring such performers as Billie Burke, Fannie Brice, W. C. Fields, Eddie Cantor, Will Rogers.
Popular songwriter Irving Berlin completes "Alexander's Ragtime Band," his first hit; culmination of ragtime craze.
Composer, band leader, "father of the blues," William Christopher Handy publishes Memphis Blues, helps inaugurate new style based on rural black folk music.
President Woodrow Wilson issues executive order making "The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem.
Creation of indigenous American musical theater.
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