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The Birth of the Blues

Lyrics:Buddy G. DeSylva ,Lew Brown
Music:Ray Henderson

The song was publishe 1926.

It was later a hit for Frank Sinatra and was frequently performed
by popular singers such as Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis, Jr., Shirley Bassey,
Keely Smith, Jack Teagarden, Pearl Bailey, Deana Martin and Al Hirt.
In 1965 Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr.,
and Johnny Carson performed it live at a televised session for
"The Frank Sinatra Spectacular".

These are the blues, nothing but the blues.
Oh, they say some people long ago
Were searching for a different 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 to use
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
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, rehearsed it
And they sent out the news
That the Southland gave birth to the blues

Shirley Bassey(The Birth of the Blues)
Shirley Bassey

Frank Sinatra(The Birth of the Blues)
Frank Sinatra

Sammy Davis, Jr.(The Birth of the Blues)
Sammy Davis, Jr.

Della Reese(The Birth of the Blues)
Della Reese

Keely Smith(The Birth of the Blues)
Keely Smith

Shirley Bassey

Frank Sinatra

Sammy Davis Jr.

Keely Smith

Dinah Washington

Benny Carter, Jo Jones, Teddy Wilson

June Garber

"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air.
You can never capture it again. "

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