Antedating of "Blues"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Dec 22 13:25:04 UTC 2012

The OED's first citation for "blues" is the title of W. C. Handy's "Memphis Blues" in 1912.  According to Wikipedia, the sheet music of "Dallas Blues" by Hart A. Wand of Oklahoma City was published in 1912, earlier in the year than "Memphis Blues."

Fred Shapiro

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