Officially the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, this was the ultimate battle of World War One, spanning the entire western front. It lasted from September to November 1918.
'Beale Street Blues' was one of the first 'authentic' blues songs to become popular with a mass white audience. It was one of the most popular songs of 1916 and 1917, and was popularised further by Gilda Gray's 1919 version. Here, it is referred to in the context of Gatsby and Daisy's Kentucky courtship days of 1917.
Listen on Spotify: Beale Street Blues performed by Louis Armstrong