Parodies, puns and assorted doodles inspired by favored tunes

Birth of the Blues

1926 Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown and BG De Sylva

“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
Way up on a hill
They took a new note
Pushed it through a horn
Until it was worn
Into a blue note
And then they nursed it
They rehearsed it
And then sent out that news
That the Southland gave birth to the blues”

Favorite Recordings

Sammy Davis Jr.

Ray Charles

Frank Sinatra & Louis Armstrong

Oscar Peterson