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So cold and shady, bird can't hardly fly - Robert Pete Williams, It's So Cold In Chicago

Author Topic: Black Crepe on Door  (Read 140 times)

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Offline harriet

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Black Crepe on Door
« on: October 10, 2021, 06:19:22 AM »
Been reading a book named "The Great Influenza" by John W. Barry and this info came up for the "black crepe on door" found in prewar blues. 

Barry writes that this was popular in 1918 to do when someone died.  White crepe was hung on a door for young people, black crepe for middle aged and grey for older people.

Harriet


Offline Blues Vintage

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Re: Black Crepe on Door
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2021, 07:45:42 AM »
Thanks, Harriet.

The lyric also shows in the 60s. From one of my all time favorite electric blues records "Johnny Young And His Chicago Blues Band"


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