Blue Skies" is a popular song that was written by Irving Berlin in 1926. History [edit ]
The song was composed in 1926 as a last-minute addition to the
Rodgers and Hart musical Betsy. Although the show ran for 39 performances only, "Blue Skies" was an instant success, with audiences on opening night demanding 24 encores of the piece from star Belle Baker. During the final repetition, Ms. Baker forgot her lyrics, prompting Berlin to sing them from his seat in the front row. [1 ] [2 ]
1927, the music was published and Ben Selvin's recorded version was a #1 hit. That same year, it became one of the first songs to be featured in a talkie, when Al Jolson performed it in . Another version of the song was recorded by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra in 1935 [Victor Scroll 25136]. 1946 was also a notable year for the song, with a The Jazz Singer Bing Crosby/ Fred Astaire film taking its title along with two recorded versions by Count Basie and Benny Goodman reaching #8 and #9 on the pop charts, respectively. Crossing genres, Willie Nelson's recording of "Blue Skies" was a #1 country music hit in 1978. It was a major western swing and country standard already in 1939, by Moon Mullican, and in 1962 by Jim Reeves.
"Blue Skies" is one of many popular songs whose lyrics use a "
Bluebird of happiness" as a symbol of cheer: "Bluebirds singing a song -- Nothing but bluebirds all day long." Chart performance [edit ] Willie Nelson version [edit ]
Chart (1978) Peak position U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1 U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 32 Australian Kent Music Report 53 Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1 Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 4 New Zealand Singles Chart 26 Recorded versions [edit ] Imperial Dance Orchestra - Banner 1905; Matrix 6988=2=3 (rec. Dec 10, 1926) Irving Kaufman - Banner 1932-A; Matrix 7035 (rec. Jan 6, 1927) Josephine Baker - Odeon 166.042; Matrix Ki 1247-1 (rec. Jan 12, 1927) Ben Selvin (as The Knickerbockers) - Columbia-860D ( rec. Jan 15, 1927) Johnny Marvin and Ed Smalle - Victor 20457; Matrix BVE-37541 (rec. Jan, 17, 1927) George Olsen and His Music - Victor 20455; Matrix BVE-37549 (rec. Jan 19, 1927) Fritz Kreisler - Victor 1233; Matrix BVE-38215 (rec. Mar 17, 1927) Whispering Jack Smith - HMV B2494; Matrix Bb11038-2 (rec. Jun 17, 1927) Benny Goodman and his orchestra (instrumental, with Bunny Berigan trumpet solo) ( 1935) Maxine Sullivan (1937) Benny Goodman ( The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert) Moon Mullican (1939) Slam Stewart's Royal Rhythm Boys (S. Stewart vcl, b; Billy Moore vcl, g; Johnny Prince, p) - Decca 7759 (1939); re-issued on Chronological Classics CD 753 Slim Gaillard 1940–1942 Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra (with vocal by Frank Sinatra) ( 1941) Betty Hutton (1944) Ben Webster (1944) Maurice Rocco (1945) Count Basie and his orchestra (with vocal by Jimmy Rushing) ( 1946) Bing Crosby ( 1946) Benny Goodman and his orchestra (with vocal by Art Lund) ( 1946) Frank Sinatra ( 1946) Oscar Aleman (1947) Judy Garland (1948) Donald Peers with two pianos. Recorded at Royal Albert Hall, London, on June 13, 1949 as the first song of a medley along with " There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder" and " If You Were the Only Girl in the World". The medley was released by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 9792. Art Tatum ( 1949) Dinah Washington ( 1954) Mel Torme ( 1954) Doris Day "Verden Rundt's" All Star Band (A. Skjold ( trombone) - K. Bergheim ( tenor) - Knut Hyrum ( baritone) - I. Børsum (bass), Carsten Klouman (piano) - K. O. Hoff (drums). Recorded in Oslo on March 28, 1955. It was released by A/S Nera on the Musica label as catalog number RA-9009. The B side was " Jumpin' at the Woodside". The McGuire Sisters ( 1957) Ella Fitzgerald ( 1958) Della Reese ( 1960) Freddy Cannon ( 1960) Jim Reeves ( 1962) Bobby Darin ( 1962) Johnny Rivers ( 1962) Frank Ifield ( 1964) Don Shirley - Water Boy (1965) Lainie Kazan - Right Now! (1966) Rosemary Clooney - (1978) Rosie Sings Bing Willie Nelson - from his album of standards, Stardust ( 1978) Kiri Te Kanawa (1986) Cassandra Wilson ( 1988) Nancy LaMott (1991) Lyle Lovett ( 1994) Dr. John - Afterglow (1995) Marina Lima (1995) Eva Cassidy ( 1996) Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers ( 1996) The Swingle Singers (1996) Lea Delaria (1998) Groove Armada ( 1999), under the title "Inside My Mind (Blue Skies)" Mercury Rev (2001) Fiona Apple and Brad Mehldau ( 2002) – unreleased, but performed at Club Largo. Brent Spiner ( 2002), performing as Lt. Cmdr. Data in the movie . Star Trek Nemesis Steve March Tormé "The Essence of Love" Curtis Stigers ( 2003) Caetano Veloso ( 2004) Robert Glasper (2004) Debby Boone ( 2005) Rod Stewart ( 2005) Lori Cullen ( 2006) Deborah Cox ( 2007) Erich Von Kneip ( 2007) Gloria Gibson (2008) Sarah Davies (2008) Diane Schuur (2008) mote (2009) Phillip Kangari (2008) Hoboken Charter School (2010) Barbara Ireland (2010) Brandi Carlile (2012) Selected appearances in film [edit ] See also [edit ] Notes [edit ] External links [edit ]