Black and Blue (Fats Waller song)

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"(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue" is a 1929 jazz standard composed by Fats Waller with lyrics by Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf.[1] It was introduced in the Broadway musical Hot Chocolates (1929) by Edith Wilson. The show also included Waller's hit compositions "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose".[2]

Louis Armstrong later performed and recorded the song several times. His rendition of it is distinct from that of Edith Wilson due to his omission of a lot of the context of the song.

Blues singer Ethel Waters's 1930 version of the song became a hit, and the song has been recorded by many artists thereafter.


  1. ^ Black and Blue at - retrieved on 20 May 2009
  2. ^ David Tenenholz: Fats Waller (Thomas Wright) at - retrieved on 20 May 2009

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