Musical History of the Bluebird

The Bluebird of Happiness – a song composed in 1934 and became a hit in 1945 when  tenor Jan Peerce performed it in an opera.

Somewhere, over the rainbow, bluebirds fly – classic award-winning music written by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg in 1939 specifically for the movie, The Wizard of Oz.

There’ll be bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover –  the bluebird is American not English (no bluebirds there), however the Brits forgave songwriter Nat Burton for the slip-up because his war-time verse (early 1940’s) stirred the hearts of the English when needed and reinforced the faith that the future would once again be pleasant and peaceful when the war ended.

Listen to my bluebird laugh, she can tell you why – written by Stephen Stills, and while I love his songs, the version from Bonnie Raitt is one of my all-time favorite songs.  In fact, this post is perfect timing.  We’ll be going to Bonnie’s concert tonight!!  It is my hope she sings this song, but it’s from her 1971 debut album…

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One Response to Musical History of the Bluebird

  1. tomsimard says:

    I haven’t heard the Bonnie Raitt version but I’ll have a listen. Thanks. Hope it was a great concert.

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