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GUEST,Neil D The Blues, in 1884 (5) RE: The Blues, in 1884 16 Jul 10

It is possible that Blues music existed in 1884, well before there first appearance on records. W.C Handy describes first hearing them played in 1903. That being said, I have to agree with most here that the literary passage refers, not to the music, but to an emotional state. That usage was common well before the usage as a form of music. Besides even if the musical form did exist in 1884, and I think some prototype of it probably did, it would have been entirely unknown outside of the rural Southern African-American community.

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