Who Sang The Birth of the Blues? Sammy Davis Jr. & Buddy Rich

Buddy Rich The Sounds of '66 cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1966
length: 3:35
producer: Jimmy Bowen
Some other versions of "The Birth of the Blues"

Oh, they say some people long ago
Were searching for a different tune
One that they could croon
As only they can
They only had the rhythm
So they started swaying to and fro
They didn't know just what to use
That is how the blues really began
They heard the breeze in the trees
Singing weird melodies
And they made that the start of the blues

And from a jail came the wail
Of a down-hearted frail
And they played that
As part of the blues
From a whippoorwill
Out on a hill
They took a new note
Pushed it through a horn
'Til it was worn
Into a blue note
And then they nursed it, rehearsed it
And gave out the news
That the Southland gave birth to the blues!

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Sammy's Introduction
  • 2 Come Back to Me
  • 3 The Birth of the Blues
  • 4 I Know a Place
  • 5 What Did I Have That I Didn't Have?
  • 6 Once in Love With Amy
  • 7 What the World Needs Now Is Love
  • 8 Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead
  • 9 What Now My Love
  • 10 What Kind of Fool Am I?
  • 11 If It's the Last Thing I Do
  • 12 Sammy's Closing
  • 13 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

  • Release information
    label: Reprise Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin