Congress declares 2003 the "Year of the Blues," commemorating the 100th anniversary of W.C. Handy's encounter with an unknown early bluesman at a train station in Mississippi.
Columbia's release of the complete Robert Johnson recordings on CD goes gold, selling 400,000 albums in six months.
Muddy Waters and B.B. King perform at the Fillmore East, a concert venue in the East Village region of New York City, to a predominantly white audience.
Congress legislates an end to the importation of slaves to the United States.
The recently "rediscovered" Delta bluesmen Son House and Skip James perform at the Newport Folk Festival.
Freedom Summer, the civil rights campaign to register black voters, draws young whites to the South.
The first U.S. tour by the Rolling Stones marks the invasion of British blues rock bands.
John Hammond pushes to have a selection of Robert Johnson's recordings reissued on LP by Columbia.
Muddy Waters performs at the Newport Jazz Festival to tremendous acclaim.
Samuel Charters publishes The Country Blues, fueling the blues element of the folk music revival.