Halloween Blues Songs

Fred Dabney fdabney@nmsu.edu
Thu Oct 25 20:29:47 EDT 2007

> Walter Potter <maxdog-blues-l@COMCAST.NET> wrote:  Steve Greer wrote:
>> I'm looking for blues songs that will work well on a Halloween-themed 
>> blues
>> radio show. Please submit your suggestions!

Consider the massive quantities of pre-war blues records, in particular
by the "classic" women singers.  "Them's Graveyard Wordds" by
Bessie comes to mind.

There were a lot of such records.  Mostly white A&R men thought
that the black audience was largely ignorant and superstitious and
they'd buy such stuff.

To today's audience, they may seem a bit hokey, even demeaning
but some very good artists get trapped into that game and they
deserve to be better treated by today's fans.

Fred D. 

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