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Lil Hardin Armstrong - Bluer Than Blue 1937

4-15-1937 - Decca 1299 A
Vocal Chorus by Lil Armstrong - Written By Lil Hardin Armstrong And Avon Long
Original Singer - Songwriter Of This Song.
Many Artists have covered her great song.
This Is The Old Jazz Version, not to be confused with the 1978 song of the same title.
Lil Hardin Armstrong (February 3, 1898 -- August 27, 1971) was a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer, and bandleader, and the second wife of Louis Armstrong with whom she collaborated on many recordings in the 1920s.
When louis Armstrong died, in 1971, Hardin was deeply shaken by the loss. She traveled to New York for the funeral and rode in the family car. "I think Louis would have found a way getting back at me if I hadn't put Hardin in that car", his widow, Lucille, told Albertson. Returning to Chicago, Hardin felt that work on her autobiography could now continue, but the following month, performing at a televised memorial concert for Louis, Lil Hardin Armstrong collapsed at the piano. She died an hour later, aged 73.In the aftermath of her funeral, her letters and the unfinished manuscript of her autobiography disappeared from her house.
Lil Hardin-Armstrong was the most prominent woman in early jazz. She played piano, composed, and arranged for most of the important Hot Bands from New Orleans. While working at a music store in Chicago, she was invited to play with Sugar Johnny's Creole Orchestra, from there she went to Freddie Keppard's Original Creole Orchestra, and then led her own band at the Dreamland Cafe at 3520 South State Street in Chicago. In 1921 she joined King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band where she met Louis Armstrong. They were married in 1924. Lil was Louis Armstrong's second wife and she is generally credited with persuading Louis to be more ambitious, and leave King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band. Lil was a major contributor to Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings. She played piano and sang occasionally, and composed several of the groups major songs, including "Struttin' with Some Barbeque." Lil was the leader of several other recording groups, including Lil's Hot Shots and the New Orleans Wanderers. She and Louis were separated in 1931 and were divorced in 1938, although they remained friends for life. Lil appeared in several Broadway shows including "Hot Chocolates" and "Shuffle Along". In the late 1930s Lil recast herself as a Swing vocalist and cut 26 vocal sides for Decca records. In the 1940s she moved back to Chicago and played as a soloist in nightclubs. She continued to record sporadically up until 1963, often with the old gang of New Orleans/Chicago musicians like Johnny Dodds, Red Allen, Zutty Singleton, Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon, Lonnie Johnson, Buster Bailey, Natty Dominque, Lovie Austin, and Sidney Bechet. Lil kept active in the music business for the rest of her life, although far from the limelight. Strangely enough, Lil died while taking part in a Louis Armstrong Memorial Concert in Chicago while playing "St. Louis Blues", just two months after Louis had died.
Lyrics:
Now, I'm singing a blue song, much bluer than blue,
I lost a friend I thought good and true,
Without anyone in
Since yesterday morning,
I'm queen of the blues.

Now, my eyes are all glassy, but I ain't had a drink,
Spent twenty-four hours just tryin' to think;
Why did he leave me?
Why did he leave me?
Oooh, bluer than blue.

He's like a disease,
Makes you green,
Lose all ambition, have run down condition;
My mind's insane,
My heart's aflame,
I miss him so,
Oh, yes, I know!

No other love song will I ever sing,
Blues in my heart will always ring,
Why did he leave me?
Why did he leave me?
Oooh, bluer than blue.

Why did he leave me?
Why did he leave me?
Oooh, bluer than blue.
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