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September 9, 2014

1941 – Birth of the Blues

Bing Crosby

Birth of the Blues (1941, Paramount)

As “Jeff Lambert”

Cast: Mary Martin, Brian Donlevy, Carolyn Lee.

Director: Victor Schertzinger

Producer: B.G. DeSylva

Screenwriter: Harry Tugend & Walter DeLeon from a story by Harry Tugend

Summary: A fictionalized Hollywood telling, loosely based on the career of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, to illustrate the origins of Jazz. As a young musician, Jeff Lambert is brought up on classical music, but longs to explore the creole sounds emanating from Bourbon Street in New Orleans. A safe, but interesting look at this unique time in music history, this film superbly blends drama, comedy and great music. Legendary trombonist, Jack Teagarden is featured and Bing later recalled this as one of his favorite movies.

Featured Songs:

  • “Birth of the Blues”
  • “St. James Infirmary”
  • “Memphis Blues”
  • “By The Light of the Silvery Moon”
  • “My Melancholy Baby”
  • “The Waiter and the Porter and the Upstairs Maid”
  • “St. Louis Blues”

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