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Billie Holiday Centenary Album: Very Best of

Billie Holiday Centenary Album: Very Best of
Billie Holiday Centenary Album: Very Best of

Billie Holiday Centenary Album: Very Best of

Billie Holiday
Nelson Riddle
Pete Rugolo
Lester Young
Oscar Peterson
& many more

Catalogue Number: ALN 1952
Number of Discs: 1
Date/Runtime: Stereo 78:20 1937-58





‘a singular and unrepeatable talent, whose finest hours are remarkably revealing and often surprisingly – given her reputation – joyful … One of her innovations was to suggest a role for the singer which blended in with the musicians … While the most obvious characteristic of her singing is the lagging behind the beat, she seldom sounds tired or slow to respond … her best singing invests the words with shades of meaning that vocalists until that point had barely looked at’ (Penguin Guide to Jazz)

  • 1. Lover Come Back To Me (Romberg/Hammerstein II) 3.18
    with Eddie Heywood’s Trio, Rec.1944
  • 2. That Old Devil Called Love (Roberts/Fisher) 2.52
    with Toots Camarata and his Orchestra, Rec.1944
  • 3. Lover Man (Davis/Ramirez/Sherman) 3.15
    with Toots Camarata and his Orchestra, Rec.1944
  • 4. God Bless the Child (Holiday/Herzog) Rec.1950 3.09
  • 5. Don’t Explain (Holiday/Herzog) 3.22
    with Toots Camarata and his Orchestra, Rec.1944
  • 6. All of Me (Marks/Simons) 3.49
    with Eddie Heywood Orchestra ft. Lester Young, Rec.1941
  • 7. Trav’lin Light (Young/Mundy/Mercer) 3.16
    with Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra, Rec.1942
  • 8. Fine and Mellow (Holiday) ft. Frank Newton, Tab Smith, Rec.1939 3.10
  • 9. Good Morning Heartache (Higginbotham/Drake/Fisher) 3.06
    with Bill Stegmeyer’s Orchestra, Rec.1946
  • 10. Sailboat in the Moonlight (Lombardo/Loeb) Rec.1937 2.49
    Billie Holiday & Orchestra ft. Lester Young and Buck Clayton
  • 11. Gloomy Sunday (Seress/Lewis) 3.11
    with Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra, Rec.1941
  • 12. Billie’s Blues (Holiday) 3.07
    with Eddie Heywood’s Trio, Rec.1944
  • 13. When You’re Smiling (Shay/Goodwin/Fisher) 3.00
    with Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra ft. Lester Young, Rec.1938
  • 14. Yesterdays (Kern/Harbach) ft.Oscar Peterson, Paul Quinchette, Rec.1952 2.46
  • 15. He’s Funny that Way (Whiting/Moret) 3.15
    with Eddie Heywood’s Trio, Rec.1944
  • 16. Mean to Me (Ahlert/Turk) 3.06
    with Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra ft. Lester Young, Rec.1937
  • 17. Crazy He Calls Me (Sigman/Russell) 3.04
    with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra ft. Bobby Hackett, Rec.1949
  • 18. Solitude (Ellington/DeLange/Mills) 3.08
    with Bob Haggart and his Orchestra, Rec.1947
  • 19. Lady Sings the Blues (Holiday) 3.44
    with Tony Scott’s Orchestra, Rec.1956
  • 20. Strange Fruit (Allan) 3.02
    with Tony Scott’s Orchestra ft.Charlie Shavers, Rec.1956
  • 21. Body and Soul (Green/Heyman/Sour/Eyton) 6.21
    Billie Holiday & Orchestra ft. Ben Webster, Barney Kessel, Rec.1957
  • 22. Please Don’t Talk about me When I’m Gone (Stept/Clare) 4.19
    Billy Holiday and her Orchestra ft. Benny Carter, Rec.1955
  • 23. For All We Know (Coots/Lewis) 2.54
    with Ray Ellis Orchestra ft. Billy Butterfield, Hank Jones, Rec.1958
    [tracks 4, 8, 14 all backed by Billie Holiday Orchestra]