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Y6 CYCLE A: Popular Music: Blues

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Genre: Popular Music

Style: Blues



Ma Rainey

Bessie Smith

Home Learning: Rag 'n' Bone Man


Ma Rainey - 'Runaway Blues'

Play Ma Rainey's 'Runaway Blues' and try out your

12 Bar Blues Structure using this guide.

Le Blues du Chat : Backing Track (Blues in A minor)

Home Learning Challenge!

Play the 12 Bar Blues Backing Track below and play these chords or bass notes along with it on your virtual piano (click here: Virtual piano – Play piano online | Musicca)


12 Bar Blues Backing track


Bessie Smith

enlightenedNicknamed 'The Empress of the Blues' she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.

Bessie Smith - 'Backwater Blues' (1927)

Home Learning Challenge!

Use this 12 Bar Blues guide to sing and play along with the song above.

Remember the 12 Bar Blues structure:

Other Bessie Smith songs to explore!

Bessie Smith - 'Down Hearted Blues'

Bessie Smith - 'St.Louis Blues' (1929)

Bessie Smith - Knowledge Organiser


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Have a listen to these tracks and think about how Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and the 12 Bar Blues has influenced these artists.


Rag'n'Bone Man - 'Human'

Eric Clapton - 'Ain't Nobody's Business' (Cover Version)

Bessie Smith and the Night Riders (Read Aloud)

Even though she can't afford a ticket to see the great blues singer Bessie Smith perform, Emmarene listens outside Bessie's tent-that is, until she bursts into the show to warn the crowd... The Night Riders have come!

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