were recorded and sold by different companies. Even radio stations were segregated, and most radio stations would usually only play records by white artists. Music could also be a barrier-breaker, however. During the 1920s, white audiences had begun to enjoy musical styles that originated in black communities, such as jazz or blues. Jazz music came from the South, particularly New Orleans. It was fun, upbeat music that made people want to dance. The melodies were played on trumpets and other brass instruments, and talented musicians often improvised wild solos. Rhythm and blues music also originated in the South, in places like Mississippi and Tennessee. Blues songs usually had a strong rhythm and simple three-chord structure. The lyrics often expressed pain, sadness, and suffering.

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Chapter 1: Origins of Rock and Roll

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