The third "Singin' the Blues"

by Mark Gabrish Conlan

Goy Mitchell's version of the 1956 "Singin' the Blues" was probably the biggest hit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJA8b3esxfE

Recently the independent 704 label, based in New Orleans (the name is New Orleans' area code), issued an LP of a live recording by Kid Thomas Valentine from 1957. The album contained "Singin' the Blues" and I eagerly awaited the chance to hear this old-line New Orleanian's "take" on the J. Russel Robinson "Singin' the Blues." Instead he played a traditional-jazz version of Endsley's -- and played it quite well. Ironically Valentine was only seven years older than Bix, though he lived until 1987 and played almost until the end of his life.


Posted on Nov 16, 2017, 10:57 AM

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