TempoTrader's History of the American Music Industry - Part 3
War Time Music History: 1910-1920
1912: The Titanic sinks in the Atlantic Ocean.
1914: WWI begins. Long distance communication becomes critically important, and radio communication becomes common.
1916: AFM succeeds in lobbying Congress to prohibit military bands from competing with civilian bands.
1917: A war time military takeover of radio system grants the United States government ownership of all radio production patents.
1918: High taxes on entertainment to support the war effort causes high rates of unemployment for artists and musicians.
1919: The United States government meets with GE to orchestrate the aggregation of an American-owned post war radio company. Radio Corporation of America (RCA) is born.
Ragtime and Jazz dominate the era. Original Dixieland Jazz Band leads the charge with their popular jazz standard "Tiger Rag" (1917). "The Star Spangled Banner" (based off an 1814 poem) is one of the decade's most popular songs.