Bye Bye Blackbird

Bye Bye Blackbird is a composition by Ray Henderson, with the text of Mort Dixon. The song was published in 1926.

The nursery rhyme -like song " Bye Bye Blackbird" is a standard of popular music; its first version was recorded in 1926 by Gene Austin and entered the charts up to the first place and held twelve weeks in the charts. Even more shots from the same year by Nick Lucas, Bennie Krueger and Leo Reisman sold well. 1948 managed Russ Morgan and His Orchestra also come in the charts with the song.

By 1950, the song with jazz singers was not particularly popular. Besides the many vocal versions like Eddie Cantor, Carmen McRae, Judy Garland, Etta Jones, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan and Esther Phillips was "Bye Bye Blackbird" and a jazz standard; John Coltrane built on the classic in November 1962 " a brilliant, virtually free improvisation on ". Coltrane was awarded posthumously the 1981 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental recording. The title was a long time in the classic Miles Davis Quintet program; there Coltrane had played it many a time, as on the album 'Round About Midnight 1957 at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958. In April 1961, Davis took the song again, this time with Hank Mobley on sax. Ben Webster and Oscar Peterson played " Bye Bye Blackbird" in 1961; other versions are from Albert Ayler, Roland Kirk, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, Ray Brown, Ahmad Jamal, Roy Eldridge and Clark Terry / Bob Brookmeyer. 1975 Rahsaan Roland Kirk used the song several times on his concept album The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color.

Rickie Lee Jones interpreted the song in 1991, accompanied by Joe Henderson on their album Pop Pop. Keith Jarrett and his trio took an album with that title as a tribute to Miles Davis. Other more contemporary interpretations of traditional Joe Cocker, Jacky Terrasson, Fred Hersch and Till Bronner. The song was also used in films like Sleepless in Seattle or with other text "Bye Bye Tatort" sung by Manfred Krug and Charles Brauer in the last scene of the crime thriller, which the two as a television commissioners denied together.