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Blue Skies (Irving Berlin song)

"Blue Skies" is a popular song that was written by Irving Berlin in 1926.


  • History 1
    • Chart performance 1.1
      • Willie Nelson version 1.1.1
  • Recorded versions 2
  • Selected appearances in film 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • External links 6


The song was composed in 1926 as a last-minute addition to the

Preceded by
"Talking in Your Sleep"
by Crystal Gayle
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
(Willie Nelson version)

September 2, 1978
Succeeded by
"I've Always Been Crazy"
by Waylon Jennings
Preceded by
"Boogie Grass Band"
by Conway Twitty
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Willie Nelson version)

September 23, 1978
  • Betsy 1926
  • Irving Berlin’s Music in Films
  • Time article on Irving Berlin
  • An early electronic performance of "Blue Skies" realized on the RCA Mark II Electronic Sound Synthesizer
  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

External links

  1. ^ Blue Skies at - retrieved on March 19, 2009
  2. ^ Laurence Bergreen, As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin, 1996, p. 277.


See also

Selected appearances in film

Recorded versions

Chart (1978) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 32
Australian Kent Music Report 53
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 4
New Zealand Singles Chart 26

Willie Nelson version

Chart performance

"Blue Skies" is one of many popular songs whose lyrics use a "Bluebird of happiness" as a symbol of cheer: "Bluebirds singing a song -- Nothing but bluebirds all day long."

Thelonious Monk's 1947 composition "In Walked Bud" is based on the chord changes to "Blue Skies."

In 1927, the music was published and Ben Selvin's recorded version was a #1 hit. That same year, it became one of the first songs to be featured in a talkie, when Al Jolson performed it in The Jazz Singer. The song was recorded in all of the major and dime store labels of the time. Another version of the song was recorded by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra in 1935 [Victor Scroll 25136]. 1946 was also a notable year for the song, with a Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire film taking its title along with two recorded versions by Count Basie and Benny Goodman reaching #8 and #9 on the pop charts, respectively. Crossing genres, Willie Nelson's recording of "Blue Skies" was a #1 country music hit in 1978. It was a major western swing and country standard already in 1939, by Moon Mullican, and in 1962 by Jim Reeves.


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