The Birth of the Blues

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"The Birth of the Blues" is a popular song.

The song was written by Ray Henderson, the 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.[1] 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.[2] 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. In 1965 Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Johnny Carson performed it live at a televised session for "The Frank Sinatra Spectacular".[3]

Randy Travis recorded it as a duet with Willie Nelson for Travis' "Heroes and Friends" album.

Deana Martin recorded the song in 2006. It was included on her 2006 album Memories Are Made of This released by Big Fish Records.


  1. ^ "The Works of Cab Calloway and Where to Find Them", Heptune.
  2. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". A Bing Crosby Discography. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ Al Hirt, Our Man in New Orleans. Retrieved April 10, 2013.