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GUEST,Neil Lowe On the Blues (17) RE: On the Blues 05 Apr 00

Through osmosis,I've gleaned bits and pieces of origin theories over the years. Most of it is debatable, probably none of it is verifiable.

Taj Mahal says it goes back to (who would've guessed it) Africa, before the despicable slave-trading days, and plays a song with an African singer that exhibits elements of the blues..sort of sounds like some of John Lee Hooker's "one chord" songs, e.g., Tupelo Flood.

Leadbelly alludes to it being derived from "field hollers," the lyrics sung by field hands to keep a steady rhythm as they chopped cotton.


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