Singin' the Blues

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For the popular 1950s song, see Singing the Blues.
Singin' the Blues
Studio album by B.B. King
Released 1956
Genre Blues, rock and roll
Label Crown
B.B. King chronology
Singin' the Blues
(1956)
The Blues
(1958)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Singin' the Blues is the 1956 debut album by blues performer B.B. King on the Bihari brothers' Crown label.[2] Among its tracks, the album gathered together five charting singles. "You Upset Me, Baby" was the highest charting single, reaching #1 on Billboard's "Black Singles" chart.[3] Other charting singles include "Every Day I Have the Blues" (#8), "Ten Long Years" (#9), "Crying Won't Help You" (#15), "Bad Luck" (#3) and "Sweet Little Angel" (#6). The album was originally released on the Crown subsidiary of Modern Records and has been reissued several times, as part of a two-album combined CD alongside King's second release The Blues[4] and with bonus tracks by Japanese label P-Vine Records and U.K. label Ace Records (UK).[5][6] On "Please Love Me", King combines T-Bone Walker's hard-picking, distorted guitar style with his own mournful singing.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Except where otherwise noted, all songs by B.B. King and Jules Taub.[8]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Please Love Me" – 2:51
  2. "You Upset Me Baby" – 3:04
  3. "Every Day I Have the Blues" (Pinetop Sparks) – 2:49
  4. "Bad Luck" (Ivory Joe Hunter) – 2:54
  5. "3 O'Clock Blues" (Lowell Fulson) – 3:03
  6. "Blind Love" – 3:06

Side two[edit]

  1. "Woke Up This Morning" – 2:59
  2. "You Know I Love You" – 3:06
  3. "Sweet Little Angel" (Lucille Bogan, ? Smith) – 3:00
  4. "Ten Long Years" – 2:49
  5. "Did You Ever Love a Woman" (Dwight Moore) – 2:34
  6. "Crying Won't Help You" (Hudson Whittaker) – 3:00

CD re-release bonus tracks[edit]

Bonus tracks on both the re-releases by P-Vine and Ace. Except where otherwise noted, all songs by King and Taub.

  1. "Whole Lotta Meat" (King) – 2:32
  2. "I'm Cracking Up Over You" – 3:23
  3. "I Stay in the Mood" (Joe Josea, King) – 2:55
  4. "When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer 'Million Years Blues'" (John Williamson) – 2:58
  5. "Jump with You Baby" – 2:14
  6. "Lonely and Blue" (John Costa Jr., John Erby) – 2:58
  7. "Dark is the Night, Pt. 'the Blues Has Got Me'" (Maxwell Davis, King, Taub) – 2:41
  8. "Ruby Lee" – 3:01

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Roger Armstrong – tape archivist
  • Jon Broven – compilation, annotation
  • Brian Burrows – package design
  • Duncan Cowell – mastering, mixing, restoration
  • Cy Schneider – liner notes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Danchin, Sebastian (1998). Blues Boy: The Life and Music of B.B. King. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 57. ISBN 1-57806-017-6. 
  3. ^ Singin' the Blues (Crown) Billboard at AllMusic
  4. ^ Singin' the Blues/The Blues at AllMusic
  5. ^ Singin' the Blues (P-Vine) at AllMusic
  6. ^ Singin' the Blues (Ace) at AllMusic
  7. ^ Brackett, Nathan (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 452. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  8. ^ Track list order from album back cover; times and additional composer information from Singin' the Blues (Ace) at AllMusic
  9. ^ Personnel for the original and re-release are combined.