2003 “Year of the Blues”

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.

1990 Robert Johnson Re-Released

Columbia's release of the complete Robert Johnson recordings on CD goes gold, selling 400,000 albums in six months.

1969 White Fan Base

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.

Jan 1, 1808 The End of Slave Importation

Congress legislates an end to the importation of slaves to the United States.

Jul 1964 Delta Bluesmen Perform

The recently "rediscovered" Delta bluesmen Son House and Skip James perform at the Newport Folk Festival.

June 1964 Freedom Summer

Freedom Summer, the civil rights campaign to register black voters, draws young whites to the South.

Jun 1964 British Invasion

The first U.S. tour by the Rolling Stones marks the invasion of British blues rock bands.

1961 Robert Johnson Revival

John Hammond pushes to have a selection of Robert Johnson's recordings reissued on LP by Columbia.

Jul 3, 1960 Muddy Waters Performs

Muddy Waters performs at the Newport Jazz Festival to tremendous acclaim.

1959 The Country Blues

Samuel Charters publishes The Country Blues, fueling the blues element of the folk music revival.