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The blues are feelings of melancholy, sadness, or depression. The term is recorded from the mid 18th century, and comes elliptically from blue devils ‘depression or delirium tremens’.Blues is also used for melancholic music of black American folk origin, typically in a 12-bar sequence. It developed in the rural southern US towards the end of the 19th century, finding a wider audience in the 1940s, as blacks migrated to the cities. This urban blues gave rise to rhythm and blues, and rock and roll.

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