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Uploaded on Jun 19, 2008

Dixieland Crackerjacks on tour in Portugal. Cadima, June 15. 2008
http://www.dixielandcrackerjacks.com
Bye Bye Blackbird
Slidin' Selena - trombone, vocals
Michel Muller - trumpet
Bert Brandsma - bass saxophone
Koos Greven - banjo
Lielian Tan - drums

Bye Bye Blackbird" is a song published in 1926 by the American composer Ray Henderson and lyricist Mort Dixon. It is considered a popular standard and was first recorded by Gene Austin in 1926.[1]

Bye Bye Blackbird has been recorded by many artists, including Nina Simone on her 1962 album Nina at the Village Gate, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Ringo Starr, Miles Davis[2], Rickie Lee Jones, Keith Jarrett[3], Liza Minnelli[4], John Coltrane[5], Albert Ayler, and Joe Cocker. It has been featured in the soundtracks of at least seven movies since 1969, including Sleepless in Seattle[6] and "The History Boys," where it is performed by Samuel Barnett, Jaime Parker, and the History Boys. [7]

The song is given a fictional, mystical importance in Theodore Roszak's novel Flicker. [8] The song features in the 1980 movie Melvin and Howard, with Jason Robards, Jr. as Howard Hughes singing the chorus, as a western swing version of the song covers the closing credits. [9]

It was the No. 16 song of 1926 according to Pop Culture Madness[10]. John Coltrane won the 1981 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist for his rendition of the song.[11]

Eddie Cantor, Carmen McRae, Frank Sinatra, and others who recorded "Bye Bye Blackbird" only sang the chorus.


The verses of the 1926 song written by Ray Henderson (melody) and Mort Dixon (lyrics) are far less known.

Pack up all my care and woe
Here I go, singing low
Bye bye blackbird
Where somebody waits for me
Sugar's sweet, so is she
Bye bye blackbird
No one here can love or understand me
Oh what hard luck stories they all hand me
Make my bed and light the light
I'll arrive late tonight
Blackbird, bye bye


Bye bye blackbird

Bye bye blackbird

No one here can love or understand me
Oh, oh what hard luck stories they all hand me
Make my bed and light the light
I'll arrive late tonight
Blackbird, Blackbird , Blackbird bye bye

Goodbye, blackbird
I'm gonna miss ya
I'm gonna miss ya, Blackbird
Ya hear dat?
I'm gonna follow you soon
Wherever you go, why I'll follow you
There's someone waiting out there for me, where you're leading
I can see you flappin' your wings now
You're calling me
I hear you calling me
I hear ya! I hear ya!
I'm coming! I'm coming!
I'm almost here
She's there waiting for me
Oh, how wonderful she looks
Oh how marvelous, blackbird
Here! Here!
Flap your wings, flap 'em! Flap 'em! Whistle to me!

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