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THE BIRTH OF THE BLUES From the Broadway Musical "George White's Scandals Of 1926" (B.G. DeSylva / Lew Brown / Ray Henderson) Paul Whiteman & His Orch. (vocals: Jack Fulton) - 1926 Harry Richman - 1926 Revelers - 1926 Jack Teagarden & His Orch. - 1941 Benny Goodman & His Orch. - 1941 Peggy Lee - 1945 Frank Sinatra - 1952 Chet Atkins - 1954 Kid Ory - 1954 Meade Lux Lewis - 1954 Gordon MacRae - 1956 Johnny Hartman - 1956 King Curtis - 1959 Ray Charles - 1960 Sammy Davis Jr - 1966 Chet Atkins & Les Paul - 1977 Also recorded by: The Hi-Lo`s; Hank Snow; Gloria Lynne; King Curtis; Al Hirt; Leslie Uggams; Della Reese; Pearl Bailey; Dinah Washington; Gerry Mulligan; Jan Garber; Ray Anthony; Benny Carter; Louis Prima; Pete Fountain; Bing Crosby; Jerry Lewis; Oscar Peterson; Al Jolson; Whispering Jack Smith; Lionel Hampton; Randy Travis; McGuire Sisters. 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 SWAYING TO AND FRO. THEY DIDN`T KNOW JUST WHAT THEY HAD AND THAT 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 DOWN HEARTED FRAIL, AND THEY PLAYED THAT AS PART OF THE BLUES. FROM A WHIPPOORWILL OUT ON A HILL, THEY TOOK A NEW NOTE, PUSHED IT THROUGH A HORN 'TIL IT WAS BORN INTO A BLUE NOTE. AND THEN THEY NURSED IT, REHEARSED IT, AND GAVE OUT THE NEWS THAT THE SOUTHLAND GAVE BIRTH TO THE BLUES!


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