http://www.loc.gov/programs/static/nati ... eBlues.pdf
David wrote the article earlier this year to accompany the 2005 induction of "Singin' the Blues" in the National Recording Registry.
Singin' the Blues Frankie Trumbauer, Bix Beiderbecke 1927 2005 Jazz
My nomination of "Singin' the Blues" to the National Recording Preservation Board for inclusion in the National Recording Registry.
Bix Beiderbecke and Frank Trumbauer
Title of recording
“Singin’ the Blues”
Date of original recording
February 4, 1927
Recording label name and number
(brief, but specific)
A jazz recording by a seven-piece band: Bix Beiderbecke on cornet; Bill Rank on trombone [Note 1]; Frank Trumbauer on C-melody saxophone; Jimmy Dorsey on clarinet; Paul Mertz on piano; Eddie Lang on guitar; Chauncey Morehouse on drums.
Justification for inclusion in the registry
(brief, but specific)
Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra's recording of "Singin' the Blues" is viewed by jazz musicians and historians as one of the two seminal jazz recordings of the 1920s. (The other is "West End Blues by Louis Armstrong).
"Singin' the Blues" has been widely recognized as the first jazz ballad.
Bix Beiderbecke's solo in the recording has been extensively quoted in subsequent recordings. Thus, the solo is reproduced almost note for note by Rex Stewart with Fletcher Henderson's orchestra in their 1931 recordings of the tune.
Lester Young stated that Trumbauer's "Singin' the Blues was one of the most influential recordings in his musical career.
"Singin' the Blues" received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1972.
Bix Beiderbecke, the key musician in the recording has been honored by several awards. Bix was inducted in the International Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997. The house where Bix was born has been in the National Register of Historic Places since 1977. In 1997, Bix was honored with a bronze plaque in the "Sweet and Hot Music Foundation Walk of Fame." [Note 2]
In summary, the Recording of "Singin' the Blues by Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke is one of the most important jazz recordings of the 1920s. It has historical significance as well as high aesthetic value. It includes four of the most influential jazz pioneers: Bix Beiderbecke, Jimmy Dorsey, Eddie Lang, and Frank Trumbauer.
The inclusion of this recording in the National Recording Registry will enhance the importance and prestige of the National Recording Preservation Board.
Note 1. This was written before I learned that the trombonist was Miff Mole.
Note 2. This was written before Bix was inducted in the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.