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Blue Skies by Ben Selvin

Album: BetsyReleased: 1926
  • This was written by Irving Berlin in 1926 as a last-minute song for the 1926 musical Betsy. Belle Baker introduced the song and on opening night the audience asked for 28 encores of it. At one point, Baker forgot the lyrics and Berlin, sitting in the front row, sang them to her.

    It reached the charts 6 times that year and became one of the first songs heard in a talking picture when Al Jolson sang it in The Jazz Singer in 1927. It charted in 1941 by Johnny Long, then again in 1946 by both Count Basie and Benny Goodman. Also in 1946, it was the title song of a movie starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. >>
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    Terry - Willmar, MN
  • Willie Nelson recorded this in 1978 on his album of classical standards Stardust. The single went to #1 on the Country chart. >>
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    Julian - Oakland, AR
  • A version by jazz singer Al Jarreau was used in the 1992 movie Glengarry Glen Ross, starring Kevin Spacey and Alec Baldwin.
  • Al Jolson's version was featured in Martin Scorsese's 2004 biopic of Howard Hughes, The Aviator.
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Comments: 2

On October 6th 1927, 'The Jazz Singer', starring Al Jolson, had its world premiere at the Warners' Theater in New York City; it was the first feature-length motion picture with synchronized dialogue sequences, but it was not a complete 'talkie', there were just 291 spoken words in the film...
"Blue Skies" was composed by Irving Berlin in 1926; Al Jolson performed the song in the 'Jazz Singer'...
On August 27th, 1978 Willie Nelson's covered version of "Blues Skies" peaked at #1* {for 1 week} on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart; it also reached #1 on the Canadian RPM Country Singles chart...
* Willie Nelson had two other #1 records on the Country Singles chart in 1978; "Georgia On My Mind" and "Mamas Don't Let Your Sons Grow Up to Be Cowboys" {a duet with Waylon Jennings}.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
Great song. Really upbeat. Willy Nelson did a nice job of it.Tj - Chicago, Il
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