On this day, June 3, 1952, Frank Sinatra recorded the classic “Birth of the Blues” for Columbia Records.
The music was written by Ray Henderson, the lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown. Published in 1926, recorded in 1927 by “Whispering” Jack Smith, the Hamilton Sisters and Fordyce (Three X Sisters), and by Cab Calloway, in 1943 or 1944.
The song was later a hit for Frank Sinatra and was frequently performed by popular singers such as Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis, Jr., Shirley Bassey, Keely Smith, Jack Teagarden and Pearl Bailey.
An Oscar nominated (Music Scoring) film “Birth of the Blues” starring Bing Crosby was released in 1941.
1901 – Maurice Evans (actor: Macbeth, Planet of the Apes, Batman, Bewitched; died Mar 12, 1989)
1917 – Leo Gorcey (actor: Dead End Kids/Bowery Boys series: Bowery Buckaroos, Here Come the Marines, ’Neath Brooklyn Bridge, Smuggler’s Cove; died June 2, 1969)
1918 – Lili St. Cyr (Willis Marie Van Schaak) (actress: The Naked and the Dead, Son of Sinbad; died Jan 29, 1999)
1922 – Alain Resnais (director: Last Year at Marienbad, Stavisky, Providence, On connaît la chanson)
1925 – Tony Curtis (Bernard Schwartz) (actor: Some Like It Hot, The Great Impostor, The Defiant Ones, Houdini, Trapeze, The Boston Strangler, Christmas in Connecticut, The Count of Monte Cristo; died Sep 29, 2010)
1958 – Scott Valentine (actor: Family Ties, Midnight Caller, Object of Obsession, Out of Annie’s Past, To Sleep with a Vampire, Write to Kill, Dangerous Pursuit, Deadtime Stories)