Saturday, September 3, 2022


By 1954, Billie Holiday's voice was not what it once was. After years of alcohol and drug abuse, her voice was not as strong, but the depth of pain and heart ache made her singing all the much better. Here is what she recorded exactly 68 years ago today...

Harry Edison, trumpet; Willie Smith, alto sax; Bobby Tucker, piano; Barney Kessel, guitar; Red Callender, bass; Chico Hamilton, drums; Billie Holiday, vocals.

Los Angeles, CA, September 3, 1954

1930-2Love Me Or Leave MeClef 89150, MGC-721; Verve VE-2-2515
1931-5P.S. I Love YouVerve VE-2-2515
1932-6Too Marvelous For WordsClef MGC-721; Verve VE-2-2515
1933-7SoftlyVerve VE-2-2515
1934-7I Cried For YouClef unissued
1935-3I Thought About YouClef 89150, MGC-721; Verve VE-2-2515
1936-6What A Little Moonlight Can DoClef unissued
1937-1Willow Weep For MeClef 89141, MGC-721; Verve VE-2-2515
1938-3Stormy BluesClef 89141; Verve VE-2-2515

* Clef MGC-721; Verve MGV-8099; ARS G-431   Lady Sings The Blues
* Verve VE-2-2515   Billie Holiday - Stormy Blues
* Clef 89150, 89150x45   Billie Holiday - Love Me Or Leave Me / I Thought About You
* Clef 89141, 89141x45   Billie Holiday - Willow Weep For Me / Stormy Blues

1 comment:

  1. Just read her biography and I keep on playing her music