Singin' the Blues

Singin' the Blues is a compilation album by American bluesman B.B. King released in 1957.[1] All of the songs had been issued between 1951 and 1956 on singles by RPM Records and most had reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Race/R&B singles charts.[2] King continued to perform and record several of the songs throughout his career, such as "Every Day I Have the Blues", "Woke Up This Morning", and "Sweet Little Angel". The Bihari brothers released it as King's first album on their Crown Records budget label.[3]

Singin' the Blues
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Compilation album by
ReleasedJune 1957 (1957-06)[1]
B.B. King chronology
Singin' the Blues
The Blues

Critical receptionEdit

Billboard (June 10, 1957): "One of the better r.&b. artists, a goodly portion of B.B. King's hits have been put together in this set. B.B.'s country blues vocal style, together with his frenetic guitar method, is enough to sell the r.&b. market. Price here is the attraction, too."[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [4]
The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings    [5]

In an overview for AllMusic, critic Bill Dahl rated the album four and a half out of five stars and called it "Absolutely seminal material; his classic hits."[4] The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings says that it is “self-evidently a near-faultless album.”[5]


Singin' the Blues has been reissued and repackaged several times, including by P-Vine Records (Japan), Ace Records (UK),[6] and Flair Records/Virgin Records (US).[7]

Track listingEdit

Details are taken from the 1991 Flair Records/Virgin Records CD reissue (the original Crown LP does not list running times) and may differ from other sources.[7]

All tracks are written by B.B. King and Jules Taub (a pseudonym of label co-owner Jules Bihari), although several are derived from earlier recordings by other blues artists as noted.

Side one
1."Please Love Me" 2:47
2."You Upset Me Baby" 3:00
3."Every Day I Have the Blues"Recorded by Peter Chapman a.k.a. Memphis Slim in 1948[8]2:46
4."Bad Luck"Derived from "Bad Luck Blues" by Ivory Joe Hunter in 1946[8]2:51
5."3 O'Clock Blues"Recorded by Lowell Fulson in 1948[9]2:59
6."Blind Love"Derived from "Standing at My Window" by Arthur Crudup (1942)[10]2:54
Side two
1."Woke Up This Morning" 2:55
2."You Know I Love You" 3:03
3."Sweet Little Angel"Recorded by Lucille Bogan in 1930 and Tampa Red in 1934 as "Black Angel Blues"[8]2:58
4."Ten Long Years"Eddie Boyd recorded a similar "Five Long Years" in 19522:46
5."Did You Ever Love a Woman"Recorded by Gatemouth Moore in 1945[8]2:31
6."Crying Won't Help You"Recorded by Tampa Red in 1946[8]2:56


  1. ^ a b c "Reviews and Ratings of New Popular Albums: Rhythm & Blues" (PDF). Billboard: 32. June 10, 1957.
  2. ^ Whitburn 1988, pp. 238–239.
  3. ^ Escott 2002, p. 67.
  4. ^ a b Dahl, Bill. "B.B King: Singin' the Blues – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Russell, Tony; Smith, Chris (2006). The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings. Penguin. p. 354. ISBN 978-0-140-51384-4.
  6. ^ "B.B. King: Singin' the Blues [Ace] – Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Schneider 1991, p. 3.
  8. ^ a b c d e Escott 2002, p. 42.
  9. ^ Escott 2002, p. 40.
  10. ^ Escott 2002, p. 41.