Many think that DW Ditty comes from that Manfred Man hit (Doo Wa Ditty), but it is actually from a Blind Blake tune.
To me, blues is not a thing, but a feeling. A friend once told me that if you slow any song down enough, it can be a blues song. Try it..it even works with the Barney Theme song.
a kid, I never connected to popular songs lik emy friends did. ABout 50 years ago I started listening to WILD in Roxbury, MA, and that was it. Of course, plenty of rock n roll stuff was nothing more than a whiter shade of blue.
If you want to dig into where the blues came from - not the blues you find in stores - even vintage record stores - but the blues that was made in the fields of the rural American south, go to Juneberry78s.com and hit the listening room. Just regular folk singing and playing their hearts out.
Here is one of my imitations