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Betty and Dupree is another, done by Pink Anderson, Buddy Moss, Willie Walker, Georgia White, John Jackson and numerous others, I'm sure.
Hi all,It strikes me that "Wild Bill Jones" is sung and told in the first person, as was "Little Sadie", and that "Pretty Polly" is variably in dialogue and third person narration. Maybe this is an instance where defining Blues Ballad, rather than casting a wider net, would make sense.
Would it make more sense to be talking about African-American balladry, or Black American balladry, or whatever? I think the unique features of the songs we've mentioned aren't unique to blues singers singing ballads, but were more a feature of the community that black blues singers lived in.
I believe it to be the storytelling aspect, in other words the strength of narrative. It's much easier to draw people in to a tune when it's not overtly abstract.
why are these ballads in particular more popular than other ballads like Lord Thomas or Matty Groves or Lady Gay or what have you