Billie Holiday – Lady Sings the Blues


Taken from a couple of sessions taped during 1955-1956, Lady Sings the Blues finds Holiday in top form and backed by the sympathetic likes of tenor saxophonists Budd Johnson and Paul Quinichette, trumpeter Charlie Shavers, pianist Wynton Kelly, and guitarist Billy Bauer. And while these autumnal sides bear some of the frayed vocal moments often heard on Holiday’s ’50s Verve sides, the majority here still ranks with her best material. This is especially true of the cuts from a June 1956 date, which produced unparalleled versions of “No Good Man,” “Some Other Spring,” and “Lady Sings the Blues.”

Personnel: Billie Holiday (vocals); Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessel (guitar); Anthony Sciacca (clarinet); Willie “The Lion” Smith (alto saxophone); Paul Quinichette (tenor saxophone); Harry “Sweets” Edison , Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Wynton Kelly, Bobby Tucker (piano); Red Callender, Aaron Bell (bass guitar); Chico Hamilton, Leonard Browne (drums).


01. Say It Isn’t So
02. I ‘ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
03. I Wished On The Moon
04. Always
05. Everything Happens To Me
06. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
07. Ain’t Misbehavin’
08. Trav’lin Light
09. I Must Have That Man!
10. Some Other Spring
11. Lady Sings The Blues
12. Strange Fruit
13. God Bless The Child
14. Good Morning Heartache
15. No Good Man
16. Rehearsal for God Bless The Child

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5 Responses to “Billie Holiday – Lady Sings the Blues”

  1. mirko says:

    Un grande regalo di Pasqua .
    Rappamello non sbaglia mai .

  2. barry hunt says:

    Truly an Easter gift. I would agree: Rappamelo seldom puts a foot wrong – thank you!

  3. woid says:

    The personnel listing has Willie “The Lion” Smith on sax — confusing the pianist of that name with the alto saxman Willie Smith, who’s heard here.

    Here’s the personnel, broken down by session, as Wikipedia has it:

    June 6 & 7 1956, Fine Sound Studios, New York City (Tracks 1-8)
    Billie Holiday, vocals
    Paul Quinichette, tenor saxophone
    Charlie Shavers, trumpet
    Tony Scott, clarinet
    Wynton Kelly, piano
    Kenny Burrell, guitar
    Lenny McBrowne, drums
    Aaron Bell, bass

    September 3, 1954, Capitol Studios
    Billie Holiday, vocals
    Willie Smith, alto saxophone
    Harry Edison, trumpet
    Bobby Tucker, piano
    Barney Kessel, guitar
    Chico Hamilton, drums
    Red Callender, bass

  4. tk says:

    This appears to be the complete 1955 album “Stay With Me” combined with 8 of the 12 original songs on Lady Sings The Blues plus a rehearsal for God Bless The Child…

  5. Débora says:

    thank you!!!! *-*

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