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Thread #74025 Message #1288420
Posted By: wilco
04-Oct-04 - 01:45 PM
Thread Name: Higher percentage musicians 1900 v 2000
Subject: Higher percentage musicians 1900 v 2000
For years, I've heard some statistics cites that I would like to verify.
Supposedly, in 1900 the US had at least one musician in 90% of all american households. These were people who could play some kind of instrument. Supposedly, in 2000, the percentage was down to about 15%. The decline is attributed to the widespread use of recorded music via radio, records, CD's, etc.
My late father told me that, when in the 1920's and 1930's, he would ride the streetcars in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He said that in every neighborhood, you would hear someone playing some kind of instrument. I suspect that air conditioning also had an impact here.
Other friends have told me that in the southern US, in the period of 1930 to 1950, you could hear the entire grand ol' opry broadcast while walking through neihghborhoods, because everyone was listening; you would hear it from various houses and porches, as you walked or rode through the neighborhoods.
Wilco48 in Tennessee