Today I Sing the Blues

Aretha Franklin

About Today I Sing the Blues

"Today I Sing the Blues" is a song written by Curtis Lewis and performed by Aretha Franklin. The song reached #10 on the U. S. R&B chart in 1960. The song appeared on her 1961 album, Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo. The song was produced by John Hammond. Franklin re-recorded the song in 1969 on the album Soul '69 and it reached #101 on the U. S. pop chart. It also charted on the Cash Box Top 100 chart.


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1961
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Without a word of warning
The blues walked in this morning
And circled rund my lonely room
I didn't know why I had 
That sad and lonely feeling
'Till my baby called and said it's through
Yesterday I sang a love song
But today I sing the blues

I know the explanation
But that's no constellation
No matter how your love
You can lose
And since I lost 
I rather walk around and worry
I guess I've walked the darkest avenue

Yesterday I sang a love song
But today I sing the blues
Now it strikes me kind of funny
How life can be this way
We were lovers last night honey
But not in love today
Now it strikes me kind of funny
How faith can be unfair
It seems that I'm the one
To lose in every love affair
Yes it must be written for me
That I should be the one to always lose
Yesterday I sang a love song
But today I sing the blues

Now it strikes me kind of funny
How life can be this way
We were lovers last night honey
But not in love today
Now it strikes me kind of funny
How faith can be unfair
It seems that I'm the one
To lose in every love affair
Yes it must be written for me
That I should be the one to always lose
Yesterday I sang a love song
But today I sing the blues

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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and pianist. In a recording career that has spanned over half a century, Franklin's repertoire has included gospel, jazz, blues, R&B, pop, rock and funk. more »

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Written by: Curtis Lewis

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12 facts about this song

Musical Genre
"Today I Sing the Blues" is a rhythm and blues song that fully showcases Aretha Franklin's powerful and soulful voice.
Original Release Date
This iconic track was originally released in September 1960.
Chart Performance
Despite being one of her earliest recordings, "Today I Sing the Blues" was a hit for Franklin, reaching number 10 on the Billboard R&B chart.
Album Inclusion
The song was included in Aretha's debut studio album 'Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo' which was her first album for Columbia Records.
Returning to Roots
"Today I Sing the Blues" was indicative of Franklin's return to her roots, as she had first gained recognition as a gospel singer before transitioning to pop music due to the urging of Columbia Records.
Song's Theme
The song's theme revolves around heartbreak and longing, common themes in blues music.
Song's Writer
The song was penned by Curtis Lewis, an African-American songwriter, known for many popular R&B songs in the 1950s and 1960s.
Producer of the Song
John Hammond, who is noted for his work with many other notable music artists, produced "Today I Sing the Blues."
Live Performances
Aretha Franklin performed "Today I Sing The Blues" live on various occasions, further capturing audiences with her expressive performances and emotional delivery of the song.
Later Renditions
Despite being an early hit, Franklin revisited "Today I Sing the Blues" later in her career, including a live rendition in the 1971 film 'Soul to Soul'.
Cultural Influence
As one of Franklin's breakthrough hits, "Today I Sing the Blues" played a significant role in earning her the title "Queen of Soul" and further established her as an icon in the world of Rhythm and Blues music.
Cover Versions
The song's popularity has led to many cover versions from multiple artists over the years, including ones by Sam Cooke, Helen Humes, and Christine Kittrell.

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