Shaking The Blues Away

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PROFILE
Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Year Written 1927
About Shaking The Blues Away
“Shaking The Blues Away” was originally written for The Zeigfeld Follies of 1927. It was introduced by Ruth Etting, who was making her first appearance in the Follies. Berlin pulled it out of the trunk for 1948 film Easter Parade, where it was a dance number for Ann Miller.

Lyrics

Shaking the blues away, unhappy news away
If you are blue, it’s easy to
Shake off your cares and troubles

Telling the blues to go, they may refuse to go
But as a rule, they’ll go if you’ll
Shake them away

Do like the voodoos do, list’ning to a voodoo melody
They shake their bodies so, to and fro
With every shake, a lucky break

Proving that there’s a way to chase your cares away
If you would lose your weary blues
Shake them away

Session / Album Information

1987

“Shaking The Blues Away” was recorded in May 1987 and was released that year on Bennett/Berlin. This song was arranged by Tony Bennett.

This recording released on:

  • 1987: Columbia LP 12″: FC 44029 — Bennett/Berlin
  • 1987: Columbia LP 12″: C 44029 — Bennett/Berlin
  • 1987: CBS LP 12″: 4604501 — Bennett/Berlin (Neth.)
  • 1987: CBS LP 12″: 4604501 — Bennett/Berlin (UK)
  • 1987: Columbia CD: CK 44029 — Bennett/Berlin
  • 1988: CBS/Sony CD: 32DP-893 — Bennett/Berlin [Japan]
  • 1991: Columbia CD: C4K 46843 — Forty Years – The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1993: CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6641 — Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2011: Disc #56 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK55) Bennett/Berlin
  • 2013: Sony Music: Sixty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

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