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BIRTH OF THE BLUES From the Broadway Show "George White's Scandals Of 1926" (Music: Ray Henderson / Lyrics: Lew Brown / Buddy G. DeSylva) Paul Whiteman & His Orch. ((vocals: Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord & Austin Young) - 1926 Harry Richman - 1926 The Revelers - 1926 Bing Crosby with Jack Teagarden & His Band (feat. in the film "Birth Of The Blues") - 1941 Benny Goodman & His Orch. - 1941 Cab Calloway - 1943 Peggy Lee - 1947 Frank Sinatra - 1952 Chet Atkins (Instr.) - 1954 Sammy Davis Jr. - 1955 Gordon MacRae (feat. in the film "The Best Things In Life Are Free") - 1956 Dinah Washington - 1956 Jerry Lewis - 1956 Louis Prima - 1957 Perry Como - 1958 Ray Charles - 1961 Leslie Uggams - 1962 Patti Page - 1964 Chet Atkins & Les Paul - 1977 Randy Travis & Willie Nelson - 1990 Also recorded by: Nellie Lutcher; Whispering Jack Smith; Shirley Bassey; Ray Henderson; Don Reno & Red Smiley; Coleman Hawkins; Paulette Hodney; Ray Anthony; Eddie Condon; King Curtis; Flip Phillips; Al Hirt; Stéphane Grappelli; Nay Gonella; The McGuire Sisters; The Hi-Lo's; Della Reese; Hank Snow; Gerry Mulligan; Meade "Lux" Lewis.............and others. As recorded by FRANK SINATRA: These are the blues Nothin' but blues Oh, they say some people long ago Were searching for a diff'rent tune One that they could croon As only they can They only had the rhythm, so They started swayin' to and fro They didn't know just what to use This is how the blues really began They heard the breeze in the trees Singing weird melodies And they made that The start of the blues And from a jail came the wail Of a downhearted frail And they played that As a part of the blues >From a whippoorwill Way up on a hill They took a new note Pushed it through a horn Until it was worn Into a blue note And then they nursed it They rehearsed it And then sent out that news That the Southland gave birth to the blues They nursed it And they rehearsed it And they sent out that news That the Southland, they gave birth to the blues ++++++++++ As recorded by PERRY COMO with the RAY CHARLES SINGERS: Ooh, they say some people long ago Were searchin' for a diff'rent tune One that they could croon As only they can They only had the rhythm, so They started swayin' to and fro They didn't know just what to use That is how the blues really began They heard the breeze in the trees Singin' weird melodies, And they made that The start of the blues And from a jail came the wail Of a downhearted frail And they played that As part of the blues >From a whippoorwill out on the hill They took a new note (Whippoorwill, whippoorwill, whippoorwill) Pushed it through a horn 'till it was worn Into a blue note (Whippoorwill, whippoorwill, whippoorwill) An' then they nursed it, and rehearsed it And gave out the news That the Southland Gave birth to the blues ( Shout out the wonderful news! ) Oh, the breeze from the trees A wail from the jail A buzz from the cousin of a nightin'gale And Southland (Hello, hello) Gave birth to the blues (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - October 2011)

    


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