Why I Sing the Blues

Album: Why I Sing the Blues (1983)
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Songfacts®:

  • In his Foreword to the Helen Oakley Dance biography of T-Bone Walker, B.B. King writes: "In my 'Why I Sing the Blues,' I end up:

    And everybody wants to know why I sing the blues
    Well, I've been around a long time, I've really paid my dues


    Meaning there's all kind of trouble in life, and a heap of blues artist were needed to keep track of all that."
  • Co-written by King and music promoter Dave Clark (1909-95) - who is not to be confused with the drummer Dave Clark - this is the title track of his 1983 MCA album, and runs to 8 minutes 38 seconds. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

Comments: 2

  • Martin Walsh from Brooklyn, NyWho played bass on this song?
  • Gerard from Toulouse, FranceReally remarkable lyrics, I realize I'd never heard the full version, especially as Aretha delivers a much shortened - though brilliant - rendering. May I dare suggest an addenda to Dylan's "Blowing in the Wind", a few lines that would say - in a much much better way: How many times must a Black Man sing the Blues, before the full story is told... (and remembered by 100% Americans...). Greetings to you all from another Deep South across the Atlantic
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