In 1896 when people saw the first
motion picture someone played music to go along with it.
 This was the era of the
silent movie meaning only that the
actors did not speak. A
musician played different
music to show
character types and the
 There was music to introduce
cowboys and other types to the scenes. There was special music to introduce the
hero. Even the
villain had his own musical pieces to identify him. Finally, in 1927 moviemakers figured out how to include a soundtrack on the film. The movie
The Jazz Singer was the first musical where the audience could hear
Al Jolson perform.