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    "Lovesick Blues" Lyrics

    Wanda Jackson

    (Irving Mills - Cliff Friend)
    « © '49 Mills Music »

    I got a feelin' called the blues oh Lord since my baby's said goodbye
    Oh I don't know what I'll do all I do is sit and sigh oh Lord
    That last long day she said goodbye well Lord I thought I would cry
    She'll do me she'll do you she's got that kinda lovin'
    Lord I love to hear her when she calls me sweet daddy
    Such a beautiful dream I hate to think it all over
    I've lost my heart it seems

    I've grown so used to you somehow Lord I'm nobody's sugar daddy now
    And I'm lonesome I got the lovesick blues
    Well I'm in love I'm in love with a beautiful gal that's
    what's the matter with me
    Well I'm in love I'm in love with a beautiful gal but
    she don't care about me
    Lord I tried and tried to keep her satisfied but she just wouldn't stay
    So now that she is leavin' this is all that I can say
    I got a feelin' called the blues...
    This song was submitted on March 30th, 2013 and last modified on January 17th, 2017.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.
    Written by Cliff Friend, Irving Mills.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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    Genre:Blues, Country
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    "Lovesick Blues" is a show tune written by Cliff Friend and Irving Mills. The song first appeared in the 1922 musical Oh, Ernest. It was recorded by Emmett Miller in 1928 and later by country music singer Rex Griffin. The recordings by Griffin and Miller inspired Hank Williams to perform the song during his first appearances on the Louisiana Hayride in 1948. Receiving an enthusiastic reception from the audience, Williams decided to record his own version despite initial push back from his producer Fred Rose and his band.

    MGM Records released "Lovesick Blues" in February 1949, and it became an overnight success, quickly reaching number one on Billboard's Top C&W singles and number 24 on the Most Played in Jukeboxes list. The publication named it the top country and western record of the year, while Cashbox named it "Best Hillbilly Record of the Year".

    Several cover versions of the song have been recorded. The most popular, Frank Ifield's 1962 version, topped the UK Singles Chart. In 2004, Williams' version was added to the National Recording Registry.

    "Lovesick Blues" was originally entitled "I've Got the Lovesick Blues" and published by Jack Mills, Inc. in 1922; Irving Mills authored the lyrics and Cliff Friend composed the music. It was first performed by Anna Chandler in the Tin Pan Alley musical Oh! Ernest and first recorded by Elsie Clark on March 21, 1922 with Okeh Records. Following the recording, Cliff and Friend copyrighted the song on April 3, 1922. It was featured in a show at the Boardwalk Club in New York City in June 1922 and also recorded by Jack Shea on Vocalion Records later that summer.

    On September 1, 1925, OKeh Records sent scout Ralph Peer and a recording crew to Asheville, North Carolina. Among the aspiring artists recorded by Peer was Emmett Miller. Accompanied by Walter Rothrock on the piano, Miller cut four sides for the label, including "Lovesick Blues". The single was paired with "Big Bad Bill (is Sweet William Now)" and released in November 1925. On June 12, 1928 accompanied by the Georgia Crackers (Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Eddie Lang, and Leo McConville), Miller re-recorded the song, which was subsequently released to weak sales. Miller's version was covered by country music singer Rex Griffin in December 1939 on Decca Records. Griffin rearranged the song by using the original chorus - "I got a feeling called the blues"—as a verse and turning the verse "I'm in love, I'm in love, with a beautiful gal" into the new chorus.


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