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Louis Blues " is a popular American song composed by W. Handy in the blues style and published in September It was one of the first blues songs to succeed as a pop song and remains a fundamental part of jazz musicians' repertoire. The song has been called St. Louis Blues - Various - The Best Of British Jazz jazzman's Hamlet.
Handy said he had been inspired by a chance meeting with a woman on the streets of St. Louis distraught over her husband's absence, who lamented, "Ma man's got a heart like a rock cast in de sea", a key line of the song.
Louis in "It had numerous one-line verses and they would sing it all night. The song was a Beyond The Mind - Confluence - Mental Deviation (File) and enduring success.
The form is unusual in that the verses are the now-familiar standard twelve-bar blues in common time with three lines of lyrics, the first two lines repeated, but it also has a bar bridge written in the habanera rhythm, which Jelly Roll Morton called the " Spanish tinge " and characterized by Handy as tango. It is played in the introduction and in the sixteen-measure bridge. While blues often became simple and repetitive in form, "Saint Louis Blues" has multiple complementary and contrasting strainssimilar to classic ragtime compositions.
Handy said his objective in writing the song was "to combine ragtime syncopation with a real melody in the spiritual tradition. I'm not saying that 'Saint Louis Blues' isn't fine music you understand. But it just isn't blues". With traditional New Orleans and New Orleans—style bands, the tune is one of a handful that includes a set traditional solo.
The clarinet solo, with a distinctive series of rising partialswas first recorded by Larry Shields with the Original Dixieland Jass Band in It is not found on any earlier recordings or published orchestrations of the tune. Shields is often credited with creating this solo, but claims have been made for other early New Orleans clarinetists, including Emile Barnes. Writing about the first time "Saint Louis Blues" was played Handy noted that.
The one-step and other dances had been done to the tempo of Memphis Blues When St Louis Blues was written the tango was in vogue. I tricked the dancers by arranging a tango introduction, breaking abruptly into a low-down blues. My eyes swept the floor anxiously, then suddenly I saw lightning strike.
The dancers seemed electrified. Something within them came suddenly to life. An instinct that wanted so much to live, St. Louis Blues - Various - The Best Of British Jazz fling its arms to spread joy, took them by the heels. However, the house band at Columbia Recordsdirected by Charles A.
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