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"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" -H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927

Popular Music of the 1920's

Music was a very important part of the culture of the 20's. It gave people a new sense of fashion, such as hair styles, clothes, slang, and the way people danced. People during the 20's would usually go to places called "SPEAK-EASY'S. A sort of underground bar or club, this is the place where a lot of jazz was played, and here people would dance and usally drink the Hootch/ Alcohol.

Dancing during this era was important. It was part of the culture. People usally went to Speak-Easys' to have a good time and socialize with other people.

During the 1920's Jazz was, at first, an unknown type of music. Due to the closing of the seaport in New Orleans, musicians were forced to travel up the Mississippi to find work. Two of the cities most affected by this move were Chicago and New York. From this New Orleans style came four major types of jazz: Boogie-Woogie, Chicago Jazz, Urban Blues, and Society Dance Bands.

One of the people that got Jazz all fired up was Louis Armstrong. Armstrong is known as the "father" of the jazz trumpet.

The style during the 20's was of a new breed. Many people had shorter hiar, men & women alike. Most young women who were current with the style during this time were called Flappers.

Jazz was the most popular music type of its time, and had great influence becuase of the times and the people that made it popular. Jazz was "born" and made popular in New York and Chicago. People loved to dance to Jazz, and being popular in Chicago and New York, being that these two locations had many people and many different types of people it made jazz addictive and it spread like an infectious disease.

Jazz obviously was an important step to the new traditions of the American Culture and developed to be a great and soothing pleasure to the human ear.

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