Talking blues is a form of folk music and country music. It is characterized by rhythmic speech or near-speech where the melody is free, but the rhythm is strict.
Christopher Allen Bouchillon, billed as "The Talking Comedian of the South," is credited with creating the "talking blues" form with the song "Talking Blues," recorded for Columbia Records in Atlanta in 1926, from which the style gets its name. The song was released in 1927, followed by a sequel, "New Talking Blues," in 1928. His song "Born in Hard Luck" is similar in style.
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... Born in Hard Luck" by Christopher Allen Bouchillon is often referred to as a talking blues but follows a different chordal and melodic structure than Bouchillon's original "Talking Blues." "Alice's Restaurant ... song "Walk of Life" refers to "the talkin blues", but is itself not a talking blues in format ... "Talking Blues" by Bob Marley is a reference to gospel music and, despite the title, is neither a blues nor a talking blues in form ...
... Bouchillon developed his trademark "talking" way of singing because of his supposedly horrible singing voice ... recommended he re-record a few songs by talking instead of singing ... The resultant record, "Talking Blues" was released in 1927 and became a hit ...
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