Titular blues--songs that say "Blues" in the title

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Titular blues--songs that say "Blues" in the title

Post  pinhedz on Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:46 pm

Below is a list of all of the songs published in 1912 that have the word "Blues" in the title.

When it was pointed out to W.C. Handy (who called himself Father of the Blues") that other writers published blues songs before he did, Handy tried to weasel out of it by saying some songs are only "titular blues"--songs that say "Blues" in the title, but which aren't blues in pattern or feel.

He mentioned a 19th century tune called "Richmond Blues," which was a military march (I suspect this tune was about soldiers in blue uniforms).

But the big question is--how many of the songs listed below are honest-to-goodness blues songs?

Hart Wand's "Dallas Blues" is a blues with 100% certainty--but some of the others might be rags.


01/12/12 -- Blues (The), Chris Smith & James T. Brymn (arr. Eugene Platzmann), Shapiro Mus., New York

08/06/12 -- Dallas Blues, Hart A. Wand (arr. M. Annabel Robbins), Wand Pub., Oklahoma City, Okla.

08/03/12 -- Baby Seals Blues: Sing `Em--They Sound Good to Me, Franklin Seals (arr. Artie Matthews), Seals & Fisher, St. Louis

--/--/12 -- Dallas Blues, Hart A. Wand, Wand Pub., Oklahoma City, Okla.

--/--/18 -- Dallas Blues, Lloyd Garrett, Hart A. Wand & Frank K. Root, Chicago

09/27/12 -- Memphis Blues (The), or Mister Crump, W. C. Handy, Memphis

11/10/13 -- Memphis Blues (The), George A. Norton & W. C. Handy, Theron Bennett, New York

11/09/12 -- Negro Blues, Le Roy “Lasses” White, Dallas

--/--/13 -- Nigger Blues, Le Roy “Lasses” White, Dallas


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Re: Titular blues--songs that say "Blues" in the title

Post  pinhedz on Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:56 pm

The tune "The Blues," which is first on the list, was published again in 1915 with the new title "Tar Heel Blues."

"Tar Heel Blues" is about as blue as "When Irish Eyes are Smiling." Razz

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Post  pinhedz on Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:58 pm

How about this song--is it a blues? Suspect


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Post  pinhedz on Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:00 pm

Blues? I don't think so. Razz


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Post  pinhedz on Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:03 pm

This one, however, is the blues for sure (although Lasses White did not quite beat W.C. Handy):


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Post  pinhedz on Fri May 03, 2013 10:02 am

BUMP

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Post  pinhedz on Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:31 pm

I just acquired a copy of an example of titular blues recorded in 1920 by Burt Williams--"Unlucky Blues," which is not really a blues:




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Post  pinhedz on Sun Jan 26, 2014 1:12 pm

I just learned that this was the first ever recording of this famous country song:


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Post  felix on Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:10 am

Interesting, that one, on at least 2 counts, M. Pinz: 1. according to Whitburn, it was a hit in early 1917 under the title "I ain't got nobody much"  Suspect ; 2. obviously the word "blues" is written in invisible ink - if we hold it up to the fire, or douse it in lemon juice, the word will appear; 3. (at least 3 counts ...  monkey ) her sad demise, at the age of only 48, is a clear and salutary warning against smoking in bed, regardless of the circumstances.  affraid 

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:48 am

felix wrote:2. obviously the word "blues" is written in invisible ink - if we hold it up to the fire, or douse it in lemon juice, the word will appear;
That's because the pinhed intended to post that tune on the "16-bar, no 8s, no 12s" thread.

Which I will attend to forthwith. 

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:14 pm

felix wrote:... her sad demise, at the age of only 48, is a clear and salutary warning against smoking in bed, regardless of the circumstances. 
Yes, and I'd add that after experiencing neurological problems following a Nazi bombing attack, one needs to be more careful in general about the circumstances under which one falls asleep. Neutral

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Post  felix on Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:09 am

pinhedz wrote:
felix wrote:... her sad demise, at the age of only 48, is a clear and salutary warning against smoking in bed, regardless of the circumstances. 
Yes, and I'd add that after experiencing neurological problems following a Nazi bombing attack, one needs to be more careful in general about the circumstances under which one falls asleep. Neutral
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