Am I Blue

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Harry Akst
Grant Clarke
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Ethel Waters

This is it!

Ethel Waters discussed the writing of this, one of her biggest hits, in her autobiography, His Eye Is on the Sparrow: “Harry Akst came to my dressing room. He said he was working on the score for a new musical Warner’s wanted from him. They needed a song hit, and Harry thought he had it. He had brought the lead sheet to me so I could work on it. … So we worked on it, and the song was ‘Am I Blue?’ ... Mr. Zanuck listened to my interpretation [and exclaimed,] ‘This is it!’”

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