Who Sang Memphis Blues? Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong Bing & Satchmo cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2011
length: 4:09
conductor: John Scott Trotter
vocal: Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong
trumpet: Louis Armstrong
orchestra: Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires
guest: Ella Fitzgerald
guest trombone: Jack Teagarden
Some other versions of "Memphis Blues"

Lyrics
Folks I've just been down, down to Memphis town,
That's where the people smile, smile on you all the while.
Hospitality, they were good to me.
I couldn't spend a dime, and had the grandest time.
I went out a dancing with a Tennessee dear,
They had a fellow there named Handy with a band you should hear
And while the folks gently swayed, all the band folks played Real harmony.
I never will forget the tune that Handy called the Memphis Blues.
Oh yes, them Blues.

They've got a fiddler there that always slickens his hair
And folks he sure do pull some bow.
And when the big Bassoon seconds to the Trombones croon.
It moans just like a sinner on Revival Day, on Revival Day.

Oh that melody sure appealed to me.
Just like a mountain stream rippling on it seemed.
Then it slowly died, with a gentle sigh
Soft as the breeze that whines high in the summer pines.
Hear me people, hear me people, hear I pray,
I'm going to take a million lesson's 'til I learn how to play
Because I seem to hear it yet, simply can't forget
That blue refrain.

There's nothing like the Handy Band that played the Memphis Blues so grand.
Oh play them Blues.
That melancholy strain, that ever haunting refrain
Is like a sweet old sorrow song.
Here comes the very part that wraps a spell around my heart.
It sets me wild to hear that loving tune a gain, the Memphis Blues.

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Muskrat Ramble
  • 2 Sugar (That Sugar Baby O' Mine)
  • 3 The Preacher
  • 4 Dardanella
  • 5 Let's Sing Like a Dixieland Band
  • 6 'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
  • 7 Brother Bill
  • 8 Little Ol' Tune
  • 9 At the Jazz Band Ball
  • 10 Rocky Mountain Moon
  • 11 Lazy River
  • 12 Bye Bye Blues
  • 13 Little One
  • 14 I Love You, Samantha
  • 15 Now You Has Jazz
  • 16 Gone Fishin' (studio version)
  • 17 Blueberry Hill
  • 18 Lazy Bones
  • 19 A Kiss to Build a Dream On
  • 20 Gone Fishin' (live version)
  • 21 Memphis Blues
  • 22 Pennies From Heaven
  • 23 Happy Birthday, Bing!

  • Release information
    label: Essential Jazz Classics
    country(area): Spain
    format: CD
    barcode: 8436028696406
    script: Latin