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'Blues' in blues lyrics early, revised

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GUEST,Joseph Scott 05 Oct 17 - 10:52 PM
GUEST,Joseph Scott 05 Oct 17 - 10:54 PM
Joe Offer 06 Oct 17 - 01:17 AM
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Subject: 'Blues' in blues lyrics early, revised
From: GUEST,Joseph Scott
Date: 05 Oct 17 - 10:52 PM

"I got the blues" by 1907 (likely heard by Anthony Maggio in 1907)
"I got the blues and can't be satisfied" by 1908 (heard by Howard Odum)
"I got the blues but too damn mean to cry" by 1908 (heard by Howard Odum)
"I got the blues... want to lay down and die" by 1912 (used by Franklin Seals)
"Some folks say that the rolling blues ain't bad" by 1912 (heard by Will Thomas)
"The blues ain't nothing but a good man feeling bad" by 1912 (used by Lee Roy White)
"The blues ain't nothing but the doggone heart disease" by 1913 (used by Lee Roy White)
"Got the St. Louis blues" by 1914 (used by W.C. Handy)
"If you ever had the blues, you know just how I feel" by 1915 (sung by Floyd Canada)
"... blues so bad..." by 1915 (sung by Floyd Canada)
"hesitation blues" by 1915 (used by Billy Smythe)
"Did you ever wake up with the blues all 'round your bed?" by 1916 (used by Leighton brothers)
"If the blues was whiskey, I'd stay drunk all the time" by 1916 (heard by B. Pennington and A. Holloway)
"If the blues overtake me, I'll jump overboard and drown" by 1917 (heard by John Lomax)


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Subject: RE: 'Blues' in blues lyrics early, revised
From: GUEST,Joseph Scott
Date: 05 Oct 17 - 10:54 PM

"'I got the blues' by 1907 (likely heard by Anthony Maggio in 1907)"

This should read "'I got the blues' likely by 1907 (likely heard by Anthony Maggio in 1907)"


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Subject: RE: 'Blues' in blues lyrics early, revised
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Oct 17 - 01:17 AM

Hi, Joseph - would you like me to combine this with the earlier thread, that I crosslinked above?
I think it would be better all together.
Whatever the case, I'm sure enjoying it.
-Joe Offer, Mudcat Music Editor-


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