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The Birth Of The Blues

Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (vocals: Jack Fulton), 1926.

Fra Broadway musicalen "George White's Scandals Of 1926"

(B.G. DeSylva / Lew Brown / Ray Henderson)

Paul Whiteman var en af sin tids største jazzmusikere og bar tilnavnet ”The King of Jazz”. Sangen The Birth of the Blues var i flere år Paul Whitemans signaturnummer:

 

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 rythm so

they started swaying to and fro.

They didn’t know just what they had

and 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 born into a blue note.

 

And then they nursed it, rehearsed it,

and gave out the news

that the southland

gave birth to the blues!

 


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Paul Whiteman, vores alle sammens King of Jazz, har i det sidste år fyldt alverdens dansegulve med sin skønne The Birth Of The Blues.
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Hvis De ikke har nået det endnu, så skynd dem over på Astor House, hvor Whiteman som bekendt optræder hele foråret. Han har helt sikkert Birth of the Blues på repertoiret.

Melodien kender vi jo så godt. Men nyd lige de poetiske vers. De kan sagtens tåle at stå alene uden musikken:

 

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 rythm so

they started swaying to and fro.

They didn’t know just what they had

and 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 born into a blue note.

 

And then they nursed it, rehearsed it,

and gave out the news

that the southland

gave birth to the blues!

På billedet ses The King of Jazz til højre sammen med en af hans største konkurrenter, den talentfulde Duke Ellington.





Søren Hein Rasmussen
Christina Maria Jessen

Ying Chen
Sissel Vennike Ditlevsen
Christina Maria Jessen
Carsten Lysbjerg Mogensen
Søren Hein Rasmussen
Rikke Holst Thomsen

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