|American Music Timeline
Part I: Colonial Music
by David Johnson
|1640||The Bay Psalm Book, Cambridge, Massachusetts, first book printed in British Colonial America, entire Book of Psalms translated into English meter; indicates dominance of religious music|
|Circa 1700||Black slaves include songs based on Old Testament stories in their worship services; beginnings of Negro Spirituals|
|Circa 1775||British soldiers sing "Yankee Doodle" to mock colonists; Americans adopt it as their own tune|
|Circa 1776||"Johnny's Gone for a Soldier," adaptation of Irish folk tune, popular during American Revolutionary War|
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