At the base of the healthy trees of American music called rock ‘n roll, jazz and country & western is a root called the blues. It was an integral part of the early years of each of these formidable genres. When the pioneers of rock, jazz and country, such as Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong and Jimmie Rodgers wanted to craft their own sound, the used the form and structure of the blues as a starting point. In fact, it can be sensibly argued that every American musical style of the past century has been directly or indirectly influenced by the style known as the blues.
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