John William Boone's Influence On American Popular Music

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During the civil war, John William “Blind” Boone was black and born in Miami, Missouri, May 17, 1864. Because of his brain fever, he was forced to remove his eyes. He was almost blind from birth and that was a way he named as “blind” Boone. Regardless of poverty, disability, and racism, he became a well-known composer and musician. Also, it is worth finding his valuable characteristics and understanding how his musical inspiration affected American popular music. Despite his blindness, he had an optimistic attitude and considered it as a push for his musical talents. When Boone was three, Warrensburg noticed that he could feel music. For an example, Boone used to repeat birdsongs by a whistle when he was five. Especially, he could identify …show more content…
Both cooperated and established the Boone Company. The first concert was held in 1880 at Missouri. From then, their company was gradually developed and Boone started to be in charge in the QRS Piano Roll Company. The company grew in the 1890s and 1900s, and it was almost performed at Churches and concert halls in Canada, Mexico, and the US. The performance was combination of classical music, coon songs, mazurkas, plantation melodies, polkas, ragtime, and spirituals. Besides, he developed a uniquely American sound by combining between classical and popular music. He also became the first performer to unite these forms on the concert stage. Many people believe the development of ragtime music came from the cooperation of the ragged rhythms and the heavy bass line of his informal compositions. After Lange died, the bookings and finances were reduced and Boone mostly performed in small town with a low fee. Unfortunately, he died of heart attack in 1927 in Warrensburg. And this would be regretful for those who love classical music. Despite hard situations, Blind Boone never felt down. With his inspiration, he overcame his destiny and became a popular composer. His life was not easy and certainly ever faded him away with the world. Blindness was not an obstacle which might hinder his musical

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