Farewell Blues

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1922 78 released on Gennett Records.

"Farewell Blues" is a 1922 jazz standard written by Paul Mares, Leon Roppolo and Elmer Schoebel.


The song was recorded on August 29, 1922 in Richmond, Indiana and released as Gennett 4966A, Matrix #11179, as by the Friars Society Orchestra under the direction of Husk O'Hara.[1] It was first released by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings under the name the Friars Society Orchestra and soon was covered by several jazz bands.[2] A band called The Georgians recorded it in 1923, copying Roppolo's acclaimed clarinet solo note for note.[3]

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Red Hot Jazz.
  2. ^ Farewell Blues. Second Hand Songs.
  3. ^ Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy: Gennett Studios and the Birth of Recorded Jazz. Rick Kennedy and Steve Allen. Indiana University Press, 1994. ISBN 0-253-21315-0. p.56

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