Learnin' the Blues

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About Learnin' the Blues

"Learnin' the Blues" is a big band popular song written by Dolores "Vicki" Silvers. The song was originally recorded by Philadelphia singer Joe Valino; then, famously, by Frank Sinatra with Nelson Riddle & his Orchestra in 1955. Initially published on the B side of the EP Session With Sinatra (Capitol Records EAP 1-629), Learnin' the Blues was subsequently re-released in June 1955 as a single with Sinatra's If I Had Three Wishes on the B side (Capitol 3102). In the weeks of 3-9 and 24-30 July 1955, Sinatra's rendition was briefly the most frequently played song on U. S. radio. The single's sales peaked at #2 on the NME British charts in August 1955, and at #1 on the Australian charts for the week of 13–19 November 1955. In cumulative year-end charts for 1955, Learnin' the Blues ranked #14 (Billboard Year-End) in the United States and #17 (NME Year-End) in the United Kingdom. Sinatra re-recorded the song in 1962 for the album Sinatra-Basie. The song was covered by Cab Calloway 1955 (Bell 1096 USA). Rosemary Clooney on her tour album On Stage (1955), by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on their album Ella and Louis Again (1957), by Glen Campbell from his 1979 sessions but remained unreleased until his 1995 album The Essential Glen Campbell Volume Three, by Katie Melua on her debut album Call Off The Search (2003), by Del McCoury on his 2001 album Del and the Boys, and by Laura Dickinson on her debut album One For My Baby - To Frank Sinatra With Love (2014). 


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The tables are empty,
The dance floor's deserted,
You play the same love song,
It's the tenth time you've heard it.
That's the beginning,
Just one of the clues,
You've had your first lesson
In learning the blues.

The cigarettes you light,
One after the other,
Won't help you forget him
And the way that you love him.
You're only burning
A torch you can't lose,
But you're on the right track
For learning the blues.

When you're at home, alone,
The blues will taunt you constantly;
When you're out in a crowd
The blues will haunt your memory.

The nights that you don't sleep,
The whole night you're crying,
Won't help you forget him,
Soon you'll even stop trying!
You'll walk the floor
And wear out your shoes;
When you feel your heart break
You're learning the blues.

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Rosemary Clooney

Rosemary Clooney (May 23, 1928 – June 29, 2002) was an American singer and actress. She came to prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit "Come On-a My House" written by William Saroyan and his cousin Ross Bagdasarian (better known as David Seville, the father figure of Alvin and the Chipmunks), which was followed by other pop numbers such as "Botch-a-Me" (a cover version of the Italian song Ba-Ba-Baciami Piccina by Alberto Rabagliati), "Mambo Italiano", "Tenderly", "Half as Much", "Hey There" and "This Ole House", although she had success as a jazz vocalist. Clooney's career languished in the 1960s, partly due to problems related to depression and drug addiction, but revived in 1977, when her White Christmas co-star Bing Crosby asked her to appear w… more »

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