Lady Sings [Proper]

Lady Sings [Proper]

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by Billie Holiday

The digital marketplace contains a large number of Billie Holiday compilations with the phrase "Lady Sings" in the title. The one you are looking for is surprisingly inexpensive and intelligently presented. The Proper label specializes in affordably priced box sets that contain enough music -- usually around 100 tracks -- to impart a strong impression of who the…  See more details below


The digital marketplace contains a large number of Billie Holiday compilations with the phrase "Lady Sings" in the title. The one you are looking for is surprisingly inexpensive and intelligently presented. The Proper label specializes in affordably priced box sets that contain enough music -- usually around 100 tracks -- to impart a strong impression of who the artist was and convey the essence of his or her musical legacy. Proper's The Lady Sings concentrates upon the recordings Billie Holiday made between 1935 and 1949 for the Vocalion, Columbia, Commodore and Decca labels. First comes the younger, stronger Lady Day, singing with swing bands comprised of her friends and carousing companions. Her best moments on record were shared with Ben Webster and Lester Young -- listen for them. By the middle of the chronology, Holiday's delivery begins to intensify along with her choice of material. Recorded in 1939, "Strange Fruit" is a shocking protest song describing in graphic detail the decomposing body of a lynching victim; "Yesterdays" taps into a reservoir of personal melancholia that would eventually swallow her up entirely. But most of Billie Holiday's music is about being alive, loving and being loved. With "T'aint Nobody's Business If I Do" and "Gimme a Pigfoot," she pays tribute to Bessie Smith, the "Empress of the Blues." What was Billie Holiday's relationship with the blues? She was a skilled interpreter of Tin Pan Alley tunes and popular love songs whose innovation was to infuse her jazz vocals with the honesty and integrity of the blues. Occasionally, she incorporated actual blues material into her repertoire. She composed a tiny handful of blues songs and liked to perform them for the people in order to testify about her own personal reality. But only six of the 99 songs included here can be called blues; while much of this woman's style was nourished, informed and inflected by the blues, so was Louis Armstrong's, and you never see him listed as a blues artist. The main reason most people associate the word "blues" with Billie Holiday is the fact that Herbie Nichols wrote a song for her called "Lady Sings the Blues," and Diana Ross starred in a movie with the same title. But Lady Day was a jazz singer first and foremost. Of course if she were here today she'd ask us to stop fiddling with terminology and let the music speak for itself. This Proper box contains some of the best records Billie Holiday ever made. Her remarkably revealing later recordings for Norman Granz's Verve label are essential, too, but that's another part of her story and should be approached carefully and humbly, on her terms rather than yours.

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Disc 1

  1. I Wished on the Moon
  2. What a Little Moonlight Can Do
  3. Miss Brown to You
  4. A Sunbonnet Blue (And a Little Straw Hat)
  5. It's Like Reaching for the Moon
  6. These Foolish Things
  7. I Cried for You
  8. Did I Remember?
  9. Billie's Blues
  10. A Fine Romance
  11. The Way You Look Tonight
  12. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  13. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  14. This Year's Kisses
  15. Why Was I Born?
  16. I Must Have That Man!
  17. My Last Affair
  18. Carelessly
  19. How Could You?
  20. Moanin' Low
  21. Mean to Me
  22. Foolin' Myself
  23. Easy Living
  24. I'll Never Be the Same
  25. Me, Myself and I

Disc 2

  1. A Sailboat in the Moonlight
  2. He's Funny That Way
  3. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  4. My Man
  5. When You're Smiling
  6. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me
  7. On the Sentimental Side
  8. Back in Your Own Backyard
  9. When a Woman Loves a Man
  10. You Go to My Head
  11. I'm Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away the Key)
  12. The Very Thought of You
  13. I Can't Get Started
  14. Say It With a Kiss
  15. That's All I Ask of You
  16. Dream of Life
  17. More Than You Know
  18. Sugar
  19. Strange Fruit
  20. Yesterdays
  21. Fine and Mellow
  22. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
  23. Some Other Spring
  24. Them There Eyes
  25. Night and Day

Disc 3

  1. The Man I Love
  2. You're Just a No Account
  3. Ghost of Yesterday
  4. Body and Soul
  5. What Is This Going to Get Us?
  6. Laughing at Life
  7. Time on My Hands
  8. I Hear Music
  9. Practice Makes Perfect
  10. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
  11. Romance in the Dark
  12. All of Me
  13. God Bless the Child
  14. Am I Blue?
  15. Solitude
  16. Love Me or Leave Me
  17. Mandy Is Two
  18. It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
  19. Until the Real Thing Comes Along
  20. Trav'lin' Light
  21. How Am I to Know?
  22. My Old Flame
  23. I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)
  24. I Cover the Waterfront
  25. I'll Be Seeing You

Disc 4

  1. I'm Yours
  2. Embraceable You
  3. As Time Goes By
  4. He's Funny That Way
  5. Lover, Come Back to Me
  6. Billie's Blues
  7. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  8. Lover Man
  9. That Old Devil Called Love
  10. Don't Explain
  11. You Better Go Now
  12. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  13. Good Morning Heartache
  14. Big Stuff
  15. There Is No Greater Love
  16. I Loves You, Porgy
  17. Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
  18. Baby Get Lost
  19. Them There Eyes
  20. Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer)
  21. Now or Never
  22. You're My Thrill
  23. Crazy He Calls Me
  24. Somebody's on My Mind

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist,Vocals
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Danny Barker   Guitar
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Chu Berry   Tenor Saxophone
Casey   Guitar
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Tiny Grimes   Guitar
Bobby Hackett   Trumpet
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Harry James   Trumpet
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Jo Jones   Drums
Jonah Jones   Trumpet
Gene Krupa   Drums
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Specs Powell   Guitar,Conductor,Drums
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Tab Smith   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Claude Thornhill   Piano
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson   Piano,Conductor
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Barefield   Alto Saxophone
Joe Bushkin   Piano
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Cozy Cole   Drums
Irving Fazola   Clarinet
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Horace Henderson   Piano
Klink   Alto Saxophone
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Johnny Mince   Alto Saxophone
Benny Morton   Trombone
Vido Musso   Clarinet
Sy Oliver   Conductor
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Edgar Sampson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Joe Sullivan   Piano
George Wettling   Drums
Tutti Camarata   Guitar,Conductor
Don Redman   Alto Saxophone
Willie Rodriguez   Drums
Buddy Weed   Piano
Alvy West   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Stan Webb   Baritone Saxophone
Walter Page   Bass
George Duvivier   Bass
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Georgie Auld   Alto Saxophone
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Denzil Best   Drums
Wallace Bishop   Drums
Johnny Blowers   Drums
Dave Bowman   Piano
Mort Bullman   Trombone
Don Byas   Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Russ Case   Trumpet
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
Doc Cheatham   Trumpet
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Shad Collins   Trumpet
Sid Cooper   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Lem Davis   Alto Saxophone
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
Herschel Evans   Tenor Saxophone
Gene Fields   Guitar
Carl Frye   Alto Saxophone
Gordon Griffin   Trumpet
Joe Guy   Trumpet
Hall   Bass
Jimmy Hamilton   Tenor Saxophone
Clyde Hart   Piano
J.C. Heard   Drums
Milt Hinton   Bass
Billy Kyle   Piano
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Kelly Martin   Drums
George Matthews   Trombone
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Dave McRae   Baritone Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Sol Moore   Baritone Saxophone
Tony Mottola   Guitar
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Rudy Powell   Alto Saxophone
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Irving "Mouse" Randolph   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Hank Ross   Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Cecil Scott   Clarinet
Kermit Scott   Tenor Saxophone
Artie Shapiro   Bass
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums
John Simmons   Bass
Bill Stegmeyer   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Ted Sturgis   Bass
John Trueheart   Guitar
Bobby Tucker   Piano
Dick Vance   Trumpet
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Sonny White   Piano
John Williams   Bass
Shadow Wilson   Drums
Milt Yaner   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Paul Ricci   Tenor Saxophone
Kenneth Hollon   Tenor Saxophone
Dick McDonough   Guitar
James McLin   Guitar
Larry Neill   Trumpet
Sammy Benskin   Piano
Tony Faso   Trumpet
Bernard Anderson   Trumpet
Dan d'Andrea   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John Fulton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Leslie Johnakins   Alto Saxophone
Bernard Kaufman   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Pingatore   Guitar
Prince Robinson   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Springer   Piano
George Stevenson   Trombone
Monty Kelly   Trumpet
Skip Layton   Trombone
Pete Peterson   Bass
Billy Taylor   Bass
Daniel Perry   Guitar
Ernie Powell   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Haig Stephens   Bass
Stanley Payne   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Cressey   Alto Saxophone
Art Drellinger   Tenor Saxophone
Lennie Hartman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Rae Williams   Trumpet
Don Waddilove   Trumpet
Fred Williams   Tenor Saxophone
John Levy   Bass

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Leonard Feather   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Jolson   Composer
Sy Oliver   Arranger
Ray Noble   Composer
Tutti Camarata   Arranger
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Luther Henderson   Composer
Dorothy Parker   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Mark Fisher   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Ernest Gold   Composer
Joe Goodwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Charles F. Kenny   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Carmen McRae   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Bob Todd   Composer
Albert Willemetz   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Jack King   Composer
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Wesley Wilson   Composer
Curtis Lewis   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Billy Moore   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Irving Gordon   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Seymour Simons   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Sidney Clare   Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Jacques Charles   Composer
Grant Clarke   Composer
Dave Dreyer   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Jay Gorney   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Sidney Mitchell   Composer
Channing Pollack   Composer
Larry Shay   Composer
Maurice Yvain   Composer
John Jacob Loeb   Composer
Cornell Todd   Composer
Edna Alexander   Composer
Norman Ellis   Composer
Joop Visser   Producer,Essay
Bickley S. Reichmer   Composer
Robert Graham   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Nick Kenny   Composer
Don Roberts   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Alvin Kaufman   Composer
Haven Johnson   Composer
Irene Kitchings   Composer
Gertrude Neisen   Composer
Lewis Allan   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer

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