First Blues Ever Published in New Orleans 1908

The late 19th century and early 20th was the era of sheet music. In 1908, music history was made when the first published blues song with “blues” in the title was published right here in New Orleans. The song follows the tried and true blues formula of the 12-Bar chord progression, also known as “blues changes.” This chord progression is featured prominently in both blues and jazz history as well as popular music up to the present.

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