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Lyr Req: (I Never Felt More Like)Singing the Blues

GUEST,Denis 22 Mar 01 - 01:18 AM
alison 22 Mar 01 - 01:58 AM
alison 22 Mar 01 - 01:59 AM
GUEST,Sooze(at work) 22 Mar 01 - 03:39 AM
GUEST,Denis 22 Mar 01 - 11:11 PM
alison 22 Mar 01 - 11:24 PM
CRANKY YANKEE 23 Mar 01 - 03:48 AM
Joe Offer 23 Mar 01 - 04:21 AM
GUEST,Dez Bartok 17 Feb 11 - 05:04 PM
banjoman 18 Feb 11 - 05:12 AM
GUEST,Desi C 18 Feb 11 - 08:25 AM
GUEST,leeneia 18 Feb 11 - 10:59 AM
Sir Roger de Beverley 18 Feb 11 - 11:54 AM
Lonesome EJ 18 Feb 11 - 12:36 PM
GUEST,Gene 18 Feb 11 - 02:25 PM
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Subject: I never felt more like singing the blues
From: GUEST,Denis
Date: 22 Mar 01 - 01:18 AM

Lyrics, anyone?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I never felt more like singing the b
From: alison
Date: 22 Mar 01 - 01:58 AM

try a search for Guy Mitchell... I think it was him who sang it

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I never felt more like singing the b
From: alison
Date: 22 Mar 01 - 01:59 AM

yep... 1st hit when I used google

singin' the blues

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I never felt more like singing the b
From: GUEST,Sooze(at work)
Date: 22 Mar 01 - 03:39 AM

Its the very first song I can remember singing - I must have been about 3 at the time. I'm afraid the passage of time has scrambled the lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I never felt more like singing the b
From: GUEST,Denis
Date: 22 Mar 01 - 11:11 PM

Thanks Alison. I couldn't remember the writer. If you happen to be at the Australian National Folk Festival in Canberra at Easter you can hear me sing it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I never felt more like singing the b
From: alison
Date: 22 Mar 01 - 11:24 PM

who are you Denis?

still haven't decided if I'm going... but I'll be at St Albans

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I never felt more like singing the b
From: CRANKY YANKEE
Date: 23 Mar 01 - 03:48 AM

I never felt more like singin' the blues
But I never thought that I'd ever lose
Your love dear
Why'd you do me this way?

I never felt more like cryin' all night
But, everything's wrong and nothing is right
Without you
You got me singin' the blues

(middle 8)
The moon and stars no longer shine
The love is gone I thought was mine
There's nothin' left for me to do
but cra\iy/a\i/ay\ (cry) over you*

Well I never felt more like runnin' away
But why should I go
when I couldn't stay
without you
You got me singin' the blues.


It's been a very long time since I last sang this one, so the lines,"But why should I go when I couldn't stay may not be 100% accurate, but it's close. I learned this from a Marty Robbins Record. Thanks for reminding me of it, I think I'll stick it back in the "gig list", it's a very good song.


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Subject: ADD: Singin the Blues (Guy Mitchell)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Mar 01 - 04:21 AM

SINGING THE BLUES
(Words and Music by Melvin Endsley)

Well, I never felt more like singin' the blues
'Cause I never thought that I'd ever lose
Your love dear, why'd you do me this way?
Well, I never felt more like cryin' all night
'Cause everythin's wrong, and nothin' ain't right
(1) Without you, you got me singin' the blues.
(2) Without you, you got me singin' the blues; Oh-

The moon and stars no longer shine
The dream is gone I thought was mine
There's nothin' left for me to do
But cry-y-y-y over you (cry over you)
Well, I never felt more like runnin' away
But why should I go 'cause I couldn't stay
Without you, you got me singin' the blues.

Repeat both verses
Recorded by: Guy Mitchell
-the #4 song of the 1955-1959 rock era
-was #1 for 10 weeks in 1956
-version by Marty Robbins hit #17
© 1954, Acuff-Rose Music


Thanks to an anonymous friend who e-mailed the lyrics. I double-checked them in a Warner Brothers fakebook, so I'm pretty sure they're accurate. Not much different from what Cranky Yankee impressively posted from memory.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: (I Never Felt More Like)Singing the B
From: GUEST,Dez Bartok
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 05:04 PM

Thanks you guys, I remember my Dad singing this song, he's gone now.
I'm adding it to my song list.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: (I Never Felt More Like)Singing the Blues
From: banjoman
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 05:12 AM

Not sure, but I think I once owned a record of Tommy Steele singing this and I may still have it somewhere.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: (I Never Felt More Like)Singing the Blues
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 08:25 AM

That was the first 45 record my family ever owned, by Guy Mitchell, I played it to death


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: (I Never Felt More Like)Singing the Blues
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 10:59 AM

I had a recording of this as a kid. I remember the tune, so I decided to see if I could play it on my fretted dulcimer.

The anwwer is no. It had too many chromatics. C# F# G# and A#. (It's the A# that makes it impossible.)

It's a song that begs to be crooned.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: (I Never Felt More Like)Singing the Blues
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 11:54 AM

Sang it last at Osset Singers Club - seemed to go down well with the , largely elderly, punters.

Roger


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: (I Never Felt More Like)Singing the Blues
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 12:36 PM

Works well 1-4-5 in the key of E.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: (I Never Felt More Like)Singing the Blues
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 02:25 PM

Here's Gail Davies version and credit to writer Melvin Endsley.

SINGING THE BLUES
Recorded by Gail Davies
Written by Melvin Endsley

[C] Well, I never felt more like [F] singin' the blues
'Cause [C] I never thought that [G] I'd ever lose
Your [C] love [F] dear, [G] why'd you do me this [C] way
Well, I never felt more like [F] cryin' all night
'Cause [C] everything's wrong, there [G] ain't nothin' right
With-[C] out [F] you, [G] you got me singin' the [C] blues.

Now the [F] moon and stars [C] no longer shine
The [F] dream is gone I [C] thought was mine
There's [F] nothin' left for [C] me to do
But Cry-y-y over [G] you (cry over you)
Well, [C] I never felt more like [F] runnin' away
But [C] how can I go when [G] I couldn't stay
With-[C] out [F] you, [G] you got me singin' the [C] blues.

(Slightly different words in 2nd chorus)
WELL, the moon and stars no longer shine
AND the dream is gone THAT I thought was mine
There's nothin' left for me to do
But CRY, CRY, CRY, CRY over [G] you (cry over you)
Well, I never felt more like runnin' away
But how can I go when I couldn't stay
Without you, you got me singin' the blues.

Without you, you got me singin' the blues.

G


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: (I Never Felt More Like)Singing the Blues
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 02:32 PM

MELVIN ENDSLEY

Born 30 January 1934, Drasco, Arkansas
Died 16 August 2004, Drasco, Arkansas

Melvin Endsley is best known as the composer of "Singing the Blues". That was his biggest selling composition, but he wrote many other equally fine songs, with simple, catchy melodies. He was also a singer, with a rich, clear voice, but unfortunately his recordings were commercially unsuccessful, even though he recorded for major labels (RCA, MGM).

Endsley was born in Drasco, Arkansas (near Heber Springs), a very small town with a population of 1858 at the last Census. He contracted polio when he was three and was to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. His condition was so severe that, from the age of 11, he had to spend two years in the Crippled Children's Hospital in Memphis, where the radio became his best friend. Melvin developed a love for country music and, inspired by Wayne Raney and the Delmore Brothers, started playing the guitar. He returned to Drasco, graduated from Concord High School in 1954, and was determined to make it as a songwriter. By then he had already written "It Happens Every Time", which was recorded by Don Gibson in 1956 and by Dorsey Burnette in 1973.

"Singing the Blues" was also written in 1954. Melvin introduced the song on Radio KWCB in Searcy, where he had a regular spot on a Saturday afternoon. It was well received and after reading an article about the steps that amateur songwriters should take to protect their rights, Endsley had the song registered (along with five other songs he'd written) with the Library of Congress for $ 4, the best money he ever spent! Melvin was also aware of the value of publishing, so the next step was to find a publisher for his songs and have them recorded. In July 1955 he travelled to Nashville, hoping to pitch his songs to Webb Pierce, but before Webb could be found, Melvin stumbled upon Marty Robbins, who loved "Singing the Blues". Robbins was signed to Acuff-Rose as a songwriter and took Endsley to Wesley Rose who listened to his songs and signed him to Acuff-Rose. So, sooner than he had imagined, Endsley had found himself a publisher. Marty Robbins recorded "Singing the Blues" on November 3, 1955, but the record was not released until August 1956. Three months later, it topped the country charts and could have been a big pop hit as well, had Robbins not been scooped by his own record company, Columbia. Mitch Miller covered "Singing the Blues" with Guy Mitchell for the pop market and while Robbins sat at # 1 in the country charts and sold some 600,000 copies, Guy Mitchell was number one in the pop charts and sold over two million copies. In the UK, the song was also a # 1, in versions by both Mitchell and Tommy Steele. The next Marty Robbins single, "Knee Deep In the Blues", also written by Endsley, was again covered by both Mitchell (# 16 pop US, # 3 UK) and Steele (# 15 UK).

Endsley convinced Wesley Rose that he deserved a break as a singer and with Rose's help he got a recording contract with RCA, where he was produced by Chet Atkins. His first session for the label took place on December 18, 1956 and yielded two singles, "I Ain't Gettin' Nowhere With You"/"Bringin' the Blues To My Door" and "I Like Your Kind Of Love"/"Is It True". "I Like Your Kind Of Love" was quickly covered by Andy Williams as the follow-up to his # 1 record "Butterfly", and this version went to # 8 on the pop charts in mid-1957, another nice little earner for Endsley. Unfortunately, his own records, good as they were, did not sell well. His style was certainly rooted in country, but he could have crossed over as easily as Marty Robbins eventually did. He had the misfortune to arrive at RCA at a time when RCA's salesmen could just sit back while they reached their monthly target sales with just one artist : Elvis Presley. With hindsight, Melvin reckoned that RCA was not really interested in him as a singer : "They just wanted me for my songs". Dissatisfied with the lack of promotion, Endsley left RCA after his two-year contract ran out, and was signed to MGM by Wesley Rose. There was no drop in quality (he was still accompanied by the Nashville A-team) and I'm particularly fond of "Oh Yeah Baby" (MGM 12806), which wasn't even the A-side of the record. But none of the three MGM singles came close to charting and Endsley was dropped after one year. In 1960 and 1961 he recorded for Hickory, Acuff-Rose's in-house label, with Wesley Rose producing. After four unsuccessful singles Melvin left the label and Acuff-Rose, signing with Marty Robbins's publishing companies instead. There were a few more releases on Endsley's own Mel-Ark label, but by the late 1960s he had ceased recording altogether. His last major writing success was "Why I'm Walking" by Stonewall Jackson (# 6 country, 1960). Other artists who recorded his songs include The Morgan Twins ("TV Hop", probably his most rocking song), The Browns and Johnny Cash (both "I'd Just Be Fool Enough"), Don Gibson ("It Happens Every Time", "Let's Fall Out Of Love") and Bud Deckelman ("I Love You Still"). "Love Me To Pieces" was recorded by Janis Martin, Jill Corey and Rusty and Doug. "Singing the Blues" has been recorded by at least 120 different artists. The period from late 1956 through 1957 remains the high spot in Melvin Endsley's career. His acknowledged his disability, but never used it as an excuse. He wrote one of the most memorable songs in country music and even if he never achieved the success that he felt was his due as a performer, he can look back on a hell of a consolation prize. He never moved to Nashville, preferring to stay in his native Drasco and there he died of heart complications in 2004, aged 70.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: (I Never Felt More Like)Singing the Blues
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 02:51 PM

You need to be able to whistle as well. Damn, where is Roger Whittaker when you need him :-)

Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell

Definately my favourite over Tommy Steele

However over time have have begun to like Tommy Steele's version as well.

Singing The Blues - Tommy Steele

I like this version as well

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTAb20HLGxE&feature=related


And this version is great

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_lYPhiNb-Y&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: (I Never Felt More Like)Singing the Blues
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 04:44 PM

Hi, Arthur. You know, I thought I remembered whistling on that piece, but it was so long ago, I supposed I was wrong.

Guest, that interesting about Melvin Endsley, but the sad fact is that I never read that much text on a computer screen. It's just too hard to see.


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