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I'm gonna sing this verse, I said, I wasn't gonna sing no more - Last verse of Frank Stokes' last recording, Memphis Rounders Blues, September 30, 1929

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Offline wreid75

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Spanish Flu
« on: January 24, 2013, 09:00:57 AM »
Any good books that talk about pre-war cats being affected/effected by spanish flu

Offline Stuart

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Re: Spanish Flu
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2013, 09:19:10 AM »
I don't know of any books or articles that specifically address the subject. You'll probably have to go through individual biographies for the info. For example, Lonnie Johnson lost almost all of his family in the 1918 pandemic. Obviously, you could really drill down and cast a wider net, but that would entail a lot of grunt work and basic research.

Offline Bill Roggensack

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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2013, 09:18:22 PM »
You could start by reading "A Cruel Wind: Pandemic Flu in America 1918-1920" by Dorothy A. Pettit (2008) which is now in paperback. More than half a million deaths in less than two years with a population of just over one hundred million meant that the disease touched almost everyone in some way. However, I don't recall any mention of entertainers, let alone bluesmen.



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Re: Spanish Flu
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2013, 09:40:28 PM »
I remember a Tampa Red Song with a lyric about the Spanish Flu, I think I remember others as well.
OK just found it it wasn't the Spanish Flu it was The German Flu:




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Offline Stuart

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Re: Spanish Flu
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2013, 11:13:44 PM »
There's also Flu : The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic by Gina Kolata (2001), but no specific mention of blues musicians, IIRC.

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Re: Spanish Flu
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2013, 05:02:05 AM »
And then there was "Norovirus Blues", a little known classic from 1929, which was cut short at 1:39 because of an irresistible call of nature...  :D

I can sympathise - I'm just recovering   :(

Offline wreid75

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Re: Spanish Flu
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2013, 05:17:38 AM »
Thanks!  You guys kick A$$ ;D

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