THAT RHYTHM…THOSE BLUES tells the story of a music form that transcended racial barriers to create its white counterpart, Rock & Roll.
The film focuses on singers Charles Brown and Ruth Brown, pioneer black performers who sang rhythm and blues in the 1940's. As stars they carried their music throughout the
small towns and cities of the South, performing to black audiences in warehouses, tobacco barns, clubs and Masonic Halls.
Initially rejected by the main line because of their race and the music they chose to perform, R&B performers spent their lives on the road. Theirs was an endless run of one-night stands, of makeshift housing modest pay, and racism.
Entrepreneurs saw the potential commerciality of this music and the new found buying power of the black population after World War II. An independent record industry was born, which in its verging days, exploited the abundant talent. By the mid 50's, Rock & Roll, merely a white hybrid of Rhythm and Blues became the major strand in American popular music generating a multi-million dollar industry for almost all involved -- except the singers who started it all.