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Birth of the Blues

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Ray Henderson

Ray Henderson (arr. Teague)

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General Info

Year: 1926 / 1942
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Publisher: Harms
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

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Program Notes

Birth of the Blues was a popular written by Ray Henderson, with lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown. It was published in 1926, recorded in 1927 by "Whispering" Jack Smith, the Hamilton Sisters and Fordyce (Three X Sisters), and by Cab Calloway, in 1943 or 1944. The song was sung by Bing Crosby in the film Birth of the Blues in 1941 and was also recorded by Crosby for Decca Records in 1941. It was later a hit for Frank Sinatra and was frequently performed by popular singers such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Shirley Bassey, Keely Smith, Jack Teagarden, Pearl Bailey, Deana Martin and Al Hirt.

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