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BLUE DEVILS
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The term “blue devils” was used in Britain during the 1600s, to denote the melancholic feeling that can accompany severe alcohol withdrawal. This, at times is accompanied by intense visual hallucinations. George Colman’s one-act farce ‘Blue Devils’ used the term in 1798. In time the reference to devils was dropped and by the 1800s the term blues was used in the United States in association with alcohol consumption. One of the first printed references to blues was made by a free-born black schoolteacher in South Carolina. The 25-year-old wrote in her diary, that she “came home with the blues” because she felt lonesome and pitied herself. Overcoming her depression, she noted that some songs, popular among the slaves, “can’t be sung without a full heart and a troubled spirit”.
BLUE DEVILS
© JR Promotions
Exploring the ever evolving world of blues music.
The term “blue devils” was used in Britain during the 1600s, to denote the melancholic feeling that can accompany severe alcohol withdrawal. This, at times is accompanied by intense visual hallucinations. George Colman’s one-act farce ‘Blue Devils’ used the term in 1798. In time the reference to devils was dropped and by the 1800s the term blues was used in the United States in association with alcohol consumption. One of the first printed references to blues was made by a free-born black schoolteacher in South Carolina. The 25- year-old wrote in her diary, that she “came home with the blues” because she felt lonesome and pitied herself. Overcoming her depression, she noted that some songs, popular among the slaves, “can’t be sung without a full heart and a troubled spirit”.
BLUE DEVILS