Billie Holiday : Lady sings the Blues

Billie Holiday : Lady sings the Blues


Billie Holiday (lyrics), Tony Scott (clarinet), Harry Edison (trumpet), Willie Smith (alto saxophone), Bobby Tucker, Wynton Kelly (piano), Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrell (guitar), Red Callender (bass), Chico Hamilton (drums)

Recorded in 1954-56

CLEF 721

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

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A1 - Lady Sings The Blues
A2 - Trav'lin' Light
A3 - I Must have That Man
A4 - Some Other Spring
A5 - Strange Fruit
A6 - No Good Man
B1 - God Bless The Child
B2 - Good Morning Heartache
B3 - Love Me Or Leave Me
B4 - Too Marvelous For Words
B5 - Willow Weep For Me
B6 - I Thought About You

Recorded 1954 and June 1956

Lady Sings the Blues was Billie Holiday's last album released on Clef Records; the following year, the label would be absorbed by Verve Records. Lady Sings the Blues was taken from sessions taped during 1954 and 1956. It was released, late 1956, simultaneously with her ghostwritten autobiography of the same name (the book was written with William Dufty, assistant to the editor of the New York Post). 

Taken from sessions taped during 1954–56, Lady Sings the Blues features Holiday backed by tenor saxophonist Paul Quinichette, trumpeter Charlie Shavers, pianist Wynton Kelly, and guitarist Kenny Burrell. Though Holiday's voice had arguably deteriorated by the 1950s, the album is well regarded – in a 1956 review, Down Beat awarded the album 5 out of 5 stars, and had this to say about the co-current book :

"Lady Sings The Blues is Billie Holiday's autobiography [...] she tries to get the reader on her side of the mirror, so don't expect a three-dimensional view of the subject. The book was written with William Dufty, assistant to the editor of the New York Post [...] Seldom in the book does she talk about her singing."

On November 10, 1956, Holiday appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall in front of a sold out crowd. The show was planned to commemorate the edition of her autobiography, some paragraphs being read during the performance.


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