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Doc John Folklore: What is a ballad? (39) RE: Folklore: What is a ballad? 10 Mar 08

Can anyone explain how 'ballad' came to be applied to a sentimental song? I suppose the word 'blues' is similar: it's often stuck onto the end of a song title when it's nothing like a blues even in the widest sense. It probably helped sales when blues were very popular. Some blues singers too have material which certainly isn't 'blues' - Blind Blake for example. 'Davison-Wilder Blues' is one that comes to mind: a wonderful Hedy West song but no way a blues. Topic years ago issued 'Woody Guthrie's Blues' with 'Hard Travelling' '1913 Massacre' etc.
Doc John

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