- a song, originating with American blacks, that is marked by the frequent occurrence of blue notes, and that takes the basic form, customarily improvised upon in performance, of a 12-bar chorus consisting of a 3-line stanza with the second line repeating the first.
- the genre constituting such songs.
Origin of blues1
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Known for her bluesy riffs and slow-burning melodies, she inspired singers like Christina Aguilera and Bonnie Raitt.Etta James’s Son Donto Says Addiction Was Part of Famed Singer’s Life
November 15, 2012
She was known for her bluesy riffs and slow-burning melodies, and inspired singers like Christina Aguilera and Bonnie Raitt.Etta James, Who Blazed Trail for Women in R&B, Dead at 73
January 21, 2012
In person, the MacArthur Fellowship-winner is funny, in a dark, bluesy way.Way Out of Sarajevo
May 14, 2009
pl n the blues (sometimes functioning as singular)
as a music form featuring flatted thirds and sevenths, possibly c.1895 (though officially 1912, in W.C. Handy's "Memphis Blues"); meaning "depression, low spirits" goes back to 1741, from adjectival blue "low-spirited," late 14c.
see have the blues.