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Bye Bye Blackbird

Music by Ray Henderson

t is considered a popular standard and was first recorded by Sam Lanin's Dance Orchestra in March 1926,[1followed by Nick Lucas and Gene Austin the same year. It was the number 16 song of 1926 according to Pop Culture Madness. In 1982, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) posthumously awarded John Coltrane a "Best Jazz Solo Performance" Grammy for the work on his album Bye Bye Blackbird.[3] Recordings of the song often include only the chorus; the verses are far less known

The song was copied by Charlie and His Orchestra during World War II as part of Joseph Goebbels' propaganda campaign. The lyrics were changed to reflect the German political rhetoric of the time and were intended to demoralize the Allied forces. The tune was sung in English and aimed at United States and British troops, as well as British citizens. It was not permitted to play the song in Nazi Germany because the Nazi leadership forbade "degenerate" styles of music such as jazz. Segregationists opposed to the American Civil Rights Movement, notably at the Selma to Montgomery marches, played the song over loudspeakers as a taunt.

Two former Beatles have each recorded the song: Ringo Starr for his 1970 album Sentimental Journey, and Paul McCartney for his 2012 album Kisses on the Bottom. Both men have commented that the song was one of many "standards" that they grew up singing with their families. McCartney also noted in the CD booklet for Kisses On The Bottom that he and John Lennon had liked the song so much that they had intended to record a Beatles version of it. This raises the question of whether the very young Beatles had actually performed it on stage.

    Release Date: 1926

Songbooks and Arrangements


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Sally K. Albrecht : Pop Partners : 2-Part : 01 Songbook : Sally K. Albrecht : 038081340005  : 00-31230

Sally K. Albrecht : Pop Partners

What a great way to bridge the gap from unison to 2-part singing. There's nothing more fun than singing a partner song! This tremendous collection features well-known songs that will never go out of style, reproducible song sheets, and easy-to teach staging suggestions.

Songlist: All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth, Bye Bye Blackbird , Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bell Rock, Shake, Rattle and Roll , Singin' in the Rain, Splish, Splash, Strike Up the Band! , Toot Toot Tootsie (Goodbye) , When You're Smiling

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Voicing: 2-Part | 9683b | Songbook | $29.95


Various Arrangers : Top Pops For Kids : 2-Part : 01 Songbook : 038081340432  : 00-31275

Various Arrangers : Top Pops For Kids

The Alfred Top Pop collections feature outstanding arrangements of songs from the popular music genre. These publications provide exciting contemporary, and educationally-sound arrangements for singers of all ages, from elementary through high school, to college and adult choirs.

Songlist: Bye Bye Blackbird, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Glory of Love, Monster Mash, Over The Rainbow, Wink's Welcome Song

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Voicing: 2-Part | 7340b | Songbook | $7.95


Judy Niemack : Jazz Vocal Standards featuring Judy Niemack : Solo : Songbook & CD : 884088204181 : 1423453182 : 00740376

Judy Niemack : Jazz Vocal Standards featuring Judy Niemack

Whether you're a karaoke singer or preparing for an audition, the Pro Vocal Series is for you. The book contains the lyrics, melody, and chord symbols for ten standards. The CD contains demos for listening, and separate backing tracks so you can sing along. The CD is playable on any CD Player, and it is also enhanced for PC and MAC computer users so you can adjust the recording to any pitch without changing the tempo.

Songlist: All Of Me, Bye Bye Blackbird, Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?), Lullaby Of Birdland, Misty, My Funny Valentine, One Note Samba (Samba De Uma Nota So), Teach Me Tonight, Wave, You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

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Voicing: Solo | 8598b | Songbook & CD | $14.95 | Melody/Lyrics/Chords


Paul McCartney : Kisses on the Bottom : Solo : 01 Songbook : 884088654139 : 145844063X : 00307707

Paul McCartney : Kisses on the Bottom

Sir Paul's tribute to classic standards also features a few originals that pay homage to the genre. Our matching folio features all 14 songs: Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive - Always - Bye Bye Blackbird - Get Yourself Another Fool - The Glory of Love - Home (When Shadows Fall) - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter - The Inch Worm - It's Only a Paper Moon - More I Cannot Wish You - My Valentine - My Very Good Friend, The Milkman - Only Our Hearts - We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me).

Songlist: Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive, Always, My Very Good Friend, The Milkman, Home (When Shadows Fall), Bye Bye Blackbird, My Valentine, Only Our Hearts, Get Yourself Another Fool, The Glory Of Love, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter, The Inch Worm, It's Only A Paper Moon, More I Cannot Wish You, We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Paul McCartney | 20344b | Songbook | $16.95 | PVG


Pro Vocal : Jazz Standards For Female Singers : Solo : Songbook & CD : 073999993035 : 0634063049 : 00740249

Pro Vocal : Jazz Standards For Female Singers

Whether you're a karoake singer or preparing for an audition, the Pro Vocal series is for you. The book contains the lyrics, melody, and chord symbols for eight hit songs. The CD contains demos for listening, and separate backing tracks so you can sing along. The CD is playable on any CD, but it is also enhanced for PC and Mac computer users so you can adjust the recording to any pitch without changing the tempo! This volume includes 8 jazz classics.

Songlist: Bye Bye Blackbird , Come Rain or Come Shine, The Girl from Ipanema (Garota De Ipanema) , Lullaby of Birdland , My Funny Valentine , Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) , Tenderly, Fever

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Voicing: Solo | 9038b | Songbook & CD | $14.95 | Melody/Lyrics/Chords


Sammy Davis Jr. : The Sammy Davis Jr. Songbook : Solo : Songbook : 073999454284 : 0634090186 : 00306683

Sammy Davis Jr. : The Sammy Davis Jr. Songbook

Samuel George "Sammy" Davis, Jr. (December 8, 1925 - May 16, 1990) was an Emmy Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated and Tony Award-nominated American actor, comedian, singer, dancer, impressionist and musician, who remains known for being a member of the 'Rat Pack' of iconic entertainers of the Fifties and Sixties, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. Here are 25 hits from this legendary Rat Pack member

Songlist: As Long As He Needs Me, The Birth Of The Blues, Bye Bye Blackbird, The Candy Man, Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You, Gonna Build A Mountain, Gypsy In My Soul, I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry, I Want To Be With You, I'll Know, I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, I've Gotta Be Me, Let There Be Love, A Lot Of Livin' To Do, Love Me Or Leave Me, Mr. Bojangles, People Tree, The Shelter Of Your Arms, Smile, Darn Ya, Smile, Something's Gotta Give, That Old Black Magic, There's A Small Hotel, Too Close For Comfort, What Kind Of Fool Am I?, Yes I Can

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Sammy Davis Jr. | 5308b | Songbook | $17.95


Various Arrangers : The REAL Book for Vocalists - Vol. 1 for High Voice : Solo : Songbook : 884088198916 : 1423451228 : 00240307

Various Arrangers : The REAL Book for Vocalists - Vol. 1 for High Voice

The Real Vocal Book has many of the selections from volumes 1 and 2 of the instrumental Real Books, but now with the lyrics added to the pre-existing melody line. Nearly 300 essential songs compiled especially for singers.

Songlist: Agua De Beber, Alfie, Alice In Wonderland, All Alone (Left Alone), (All Of A Sudden) My Heart Sings, All Of Me, All Of You, All The Things You Are, Alright, Okay, You Win, Always, Angel Eyes, April In Paris, Are You Havin' Any Fun?, Autumn In New York, Autumn Leaves, Avalon, Azure, Baby, It's Cold Outside, Baltimore Oriole, Basin Street Blues, Bewitched, Beyond The Sea, Billie's Blues, Billie's Bounce, Birdland, The Birth of the Blues, Blame It on My Youth, Blue Skies, Bluesette, Body And Soul, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 5186b | Songbook | $29.95


Various Composers : The Ultimate Jazz Fake Book - C Edition : Solo : Songbook : 073999400793 : 0881889792 : 00240079

Various Composers : The Ultimate Jazz Fake Book - C Edition

This must-own collection includes 635 songs spanning all jazz styles from more than 9 decades - from traditional to swing to modern jazz, carefully chosen chords with common practice chord substitutions, lyrics to accomodate vocalists, easy-to-read music, and composer and performer indexes.

Songlist: AC-DC Current, Across The Alley From The Alamo, After Hours, After You've Gone, Afternoon In Paris, Ah-Leu-Cha, Ain't Misbehavin', Air Mail Special, Airegin, All About Ronnie, All Blues, All Of Me, All Of You, All Or Nothing At All, All The Things You Are, Along Came Betty, Alright, Okay, You Win, Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy), Amazing Grace, Among My Souvenirs, And All That Jazz, Angel Eyes, Another Hairdo, Apple Core, Apple Honey, Aren't You Glad You're You, As Catch Can, Au Privave, Autumn Leaves, Baby, Won't You Please Come Home, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 5241b | Songbook | $44.95


Individual Folios

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Bye Bye Blackbird : SATB : Jay Althouse : Ray Henderson  : Songbook : 00-5836 : 038081017013

Jay Althouse : Bye Bye Blackbird

This light, swing arrangement of a pop standard will be the highlight of your concert. No suprises...just nice, easy voice leading and smooth vocal lines-- everything we've come to expect from Jay Althouse. Features a "soft-shoe" section and optional solos for both a male and female singer. Sure to be a crowd pleaser...and a "singer pleaser" too.

Arranger: Jay Althouse | Composer: Ray Henderson

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-5836


Bye Bye Blackbird : 3-Part : Jay Althouse : Ray Henderson  : Sheet Music : 00-5837 : 038081017020

Jay Althouse : Bye Bye Blackbird

This light, swing arrangement of a pop standard will be the highlight of your concert. No suprises...just nice, easy voice leading and smooth vocal lines-- everything we've come to expect from Jay Althouse. Features a "soft-shoe" section and optional solos for both a male and female singer. Sure to be a crowd pleaser...and a "singer pleaser" too.

Arranger: Jay Althouse | Composer: Ray Henderson

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Voicing: 3-Part | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-5837


Bye Bye Blackbird : 2-Part : Jay Althouse : Ray Henderson  : Sheet Music : 00-5838 : 038081017037

Jay Althouse : Bye Bye Blackbird

This light, swing arrangement of a pop standard will be the highlight of your concert. No suprises...just nice, easy voice leading and smooth vocal lines-- everything we've come to expect from Jay Althouse. Features a "soft-shoe" section and optional solos for both a male and female singer. Sure to be a crowd pleaser...and a "singer pleaser" too.

Arranger: Jay Althouse | Composer: Ray Henderson

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.85 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-5838


Bye Bye Blackbird : SATB : Steve Zegree : Ray Henderson  : Sheet Music : 00121776 : 884088932527

Steve Zegree : Bye Bye Blackbird

Here is a swinging arrangement of the great American standard in a style reminiscent of the Count Basie big bands of the 1950s. Opening in a spare style with unison vocals over a bass line, the texture gradually fills out to two parts, then solo with choir back-up, and finally a modulation to a full four-part conclusion. Great for developing improvisation skills!

Arranger: Steve Zegree | Composer: Ray Henderson

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00121776 | Showtrax CD Available


Bye Bye Blackbird : SAB : Steve Zegree : Ray Henderson  : Sheet Music : 00121777 : 884088932534

Steve Zegree : Bye Bye Blackbird

Here is a swinging arrangement of the great American standard in a style reminiscent of the Count Basie big bands of the 1950's. Opening in a spare style with unison vocals over a bass line, the texture gradually fills out to two parts, then solo with choir back-up, and finally a modulation to a full four-part conclusion. Great for developing improvisation skills!

Arranger: Steve Zegree | Composer: Ray Henderson

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00121777 | Showtrax CD Available


Bye Bye Blackbird : 2-Part : Steve Zegree : Ray Henderson  : Sheet Music : 00121778 : 884088932541

Steve Zegree : Bye Bye Blackbird

Here is a swinging arrangement of the great American standard in a style reminiscent of the Count Basie big bands of the 1950's. Opening in a spare style with unison vocals over a bass line, the texture gradually fills out to two parts, then solo with choir back-up, and finally a modulation to a full four-part conclusion. Great for developing improvisation skills!

Arranger: Steve Zegree | Composer: Ray Henderson

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00121778 | Showtrax CD Available

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