“Blues ain’t nothin’ but the easy goin’ heart disease”

By 1917 the Blues had become a well-known musical craze, famous for its passionate, sorrowful laments. Henry Creamer and Turner Layton, two of the most succsesful African-American songwriters of the time, decided to put their own twist on the genre with, “Everybody’s Crazy ‘bout the Doggone Blues but I’m Happy.” In the song they referenced the genre’s trademark sadness to differentiate it in their lyric: “Blues ain’t nothin’ but the easy goin’ heart disease, Brother stop your moanin’ Blues can’t make you warmer if you’re bound to freeze, Sister stop your groanin’, Why don’t you rise and shine, Take dem blues right off your mind….” Let’s hear the most popular version, performed by Marion Harris.

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