Everyday I Have the Blues

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Everyday I Have the Blues (or Every Day I Have the Blues ) is the title of a blues standard by the Sparks Brothers from 1935, which became a blues classic with the 1954 version of BB King .

History of origin

Lowell Fulson - Everyday I Have the Blues

Even if the American collecting society Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) ascribes the composition to Memphis Slim , experts largely agree that the title was pianist Aaron “Pinetop” Sparks, who made him solo on July 28th Recorded in 1935 for Bluebird Records (# 6125) in Chicago as one of 8 titles in high falsetto . Blues guitarist Henry Townsend , who accompanied Aaron Sparks on this recording, also claimed part of the copyright for himself.

Memphis Slim (John Len Chatman) took up the original under the changed title Nobody Loves Me as the B-side of Angel Child and recorded it with his The House Rockers on October 10, 1947. The single first appeared in October 1949 on the short-lived Miracle Records label (# 145). The A-side was ranked six of the Rhythm & Blues - hit parade , as usually was the B-side not placed. It was a cover version of Everyday I Have the Blues of the Sparks composition, which, however, identified Peter Chatman (Memphis Slim) as the composer. Many later versions adopted this mistake.

Again under the original title Everyday I Have the Blues , a version by Lowell Fulson was created on July 18, 1949 (cast: Lloyd Glenn -Piano-, Billy Hadnott -Bass- and Bob Harvey -drums-), which came third after publication in May 1950 reached the R&B charts and was ranked 10th on the best-selling rhythm and blues records by music magazine Billboard . Jazz singer Joe Williams (Checker # 762) followed in September 1952, before the title was initially forgotten.

Version of BB King

BB King - Every Day I Have the Blues

King was signed to Modern Records / RPM Records in August 1954 when he received "a fresh and relaxed sound that I had never heard" (King) arranged by Maxwell Davis . Under producer Johnny Pate, Every Day I Have The Blues was recorded on August 18 and 19, 1954 in the old Capitol Studios (Los Angeles, Melrose Avenue) with B. B King (vocals / guitar), Millard Lee (piano) , Floyd Newman (saxophone) and Kenny Sands (trumpet) (recorded as Kings Men ).

In December 1954, Sneakin 'Around / Every Day I Have the Blues (RPM # 421) was released and reached number 8 on the Rhythm & Blues chart. After publication, Billboard reported high record sales initially, which grew to over 4 million copies over the years. This made Every Day I Have the Blues one of the best-selling blues songs of all time.

More cover versions

After BB King's interpretation, numerous cover versions appeared , for example by Count Basie (recorded on May 17, 1955), Elmore James recorded the song on February 21, 1963 in his last recording session with the typical slide guitar style. Other versions were released by Albert King , Buddy Guy , Chuck Berry , Ray Charles , Eric Clapton , Natalie Cole , Ella Fitzgerald , Jimi Hendrix , Mahalia Jackson , Sarah Vaughan , Carlos Santana and Lou Rawls . A total of 28 tracks are registered with Broadcast Music Incorporated. The song received a BMI award.

Individual evidence

  1. Gérard Herzhaft / Paul Harris / Jerry Haussler / Anton J. Mikofsky, Encyclopedia of the Blues , 1997, p. 268
  2. The Sparks Brothers were twins who came from Tupelo (Mississippi) , the birthplace of Elvis Presley .
  3. Billboard Magazine, July 29, 1950, p. 30
  4. Billboard Magazine, September 27, 1952, p. 40
  5. ^ David McGee, BB King: There Is Always One More Time , 2005, p. 83
  6. Billboard Magazine, Jan. 1, 1955, This Week's Best Buys , p. 31
  7. ^ Joseph Murrells, Million Selling Records , 1985, p. 90
  8. he died shortly afterwards on May 23, 1963