The term blues ballad is used to refer to a specific form of popular music which fused Anglo-American and Afro-American styles from the late 19th century onwards. From the 20th century it was also used to refer to a slow tempo, often sentimental, song in a blues style.
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... From the late 19th century the term ballad began to be used for sentimental songs with their origins in the early ‘Tin Pan Alley’ music industry ... As new genres of music, including the blues, began to emerge in the early 20th century the popularity of the genre faded, but the association with sentimentality ... Today the term blues ballad is used to describe a song that uses a blues format with a slow tempo, often dealing with themes of love and affection ...
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