Segregation was common in the United States during the 1940s and 1950s. This segregated movie theater for black Americans was located in Leland, Mississippi.

Over time, the bands that played jazz and blues began adding more musicians and different instruments. During the 1930s and 1940s, white bandleaders incorporated jazz and blues rhythms and sounds into their own music. Sometimes, they hired black musicians to play with their bands. And black bandleaders like Duke Ellington and Count Basie were just as popular with white audiences as with black audiences. Several technological developments in the late 1940s made rock and roll music possible. One was the development of the electric guitar, thanks to innovators like Les Paul and Leon Fender.



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