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!