We recently had the pleasure of performing for the wedding reception of Anthony and Rebecca at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, NY. Quite a fun celebration! Courtesy of vocalist April Marie, we are able to share some video. So, here’s The Birth of the Blues featuring vocalist Bob Father with The Joey Thomas Big Band.
What a song! The Birth of the Blues music was written by Ray Henderson with the lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown. Published in 1926, it was recorded in 1927 by “Whispering” Jack Smith, the Hamilton Sisters and Fordyce (Three X Sisters), and by Cab Calloway, in 1943 or 1944.
And, of course, the great song man himself, Mr. Frank Sinatra, had it as a hit later on. It was frequently performed by popular singers such as Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis, Jr., Shirley Bassey, Keely Smith, Jack Teagarden, Pearl Bailey, and Al Hirt.