The One to Sing the Blues

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"The One to Sing the Blues"
Single by Motörhead
from the album 1916
B-side Dead Man's Hand
Released 24 December 1990 (7" vinyl and CD) / 5 January 1991 (12" vinyl)
Format 7"
CD single
Recorded 1990
Genre Heavy metal
Length 3:07
Label Epic
Writer(s) Phil Campbell
Phil Taylor
Producer(s) Peter Solley
Motörhead singles chronology
"Ace of Spades (live)"
"The One to Sing the Blues"
Alternative cover
Shaped, picture disc release

"The One to Sing the Blues" is a song by the heavy metal band Motörhead, which Epic Records released in a number of formats; 7"and 12" vinyl, cassette-single, CD-single as well as a shaped picture disc.[1] It reached number 45 in the UK Singles Chart. It is the opening track on the 1916 album. It was the band's first CD single.

Although its official release date is 5 January 1991, Lemmy states it "came out a few weeks earlier — on my birthday, as a matter of fact", which is 24 December 1990 continuing to say "that's a really great song — maybe we'll put it back in the set one of these days".[2]

Single track listing[edit]

All songs written by Lemmy, Würzel, Phil Campbell, Phil Taylor


  1. "The One to Sing the Blues" - 3:07
  2. "Dead Man's Hand" - 3:29 (non-album track)


  1. "The One to Sing the Blues" - 3:07
  2. "Dead Man's Hand" - 3:29 (non-album track)
  3. "Eagle Rock" - 3:07 (non-album track)
  4. "Shut You Down" - 2:38


  • Guitars - Würzel and Phil "Wizzö" Campbell
  • Drums - Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor
  • Bass, lead vocals - Lemmy


  1. ^ Burridge, Alan Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motörhead Published: 1995, Collector's Guide Publishing ISBN 0-9695736-2-6.
  2. ^ Kilmister, Ian Fraser and Garza, Janiss White Line Fever (2002) — Simon & Schuster pp. 178-179. ISBN 0-684-85868-1.