First Issue: Great American Songbook

First Issue: Great American Songbook

by Billie Holiday


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First Issue: Great American Songbook

For this double-disc set commemorating her American postage stamp (and patterned after Ella Fitzgerald's Songbook series), Verve compiled two discs of Billie Holiday covering the best of American popular song, from Ellington to Gershwin to Berlin to Porter and others. Though most of the material comes from the late '50s, when Holiday's voice was often in poor shape, her versions never fail to stir the heart -- often because her voice was in such bad repair. All of the tracks are familiar standards, including light-hearted songs like "A Fine Romance," "Embraceable You," "Prelude to a Kiss," and "I Get a Kick Out of You," as well as darker fare like "But Not for Me," "Stormy Weather," "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)," and "I Got a Right to Sing the Blues."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/1994
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731452300324
catalogNumber: 523003
Rank: 225359

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist,Vocals
Tony Scott   Clarinet
Billy Bauer   Guitar
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Freddie Green   Guitar
Chico Hamilton   Drums
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones   Piano
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Red Mitchell   Bass
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Oscar Peterson   Organ,Piano
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Willie Smith   Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Aaron Bell   Bass
Cozy Cole   Drums
Leonard Gaskin   Bass
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
Ray Brown   Bass
Billy Byers   Trombone
Larry Bunker   Drums
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Red Callender   Bass
Ray Ellis   Conductor
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Milt Hinton   Bass
Gus Johnson   Drums
Osie Johnson   Drums
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Lenny McBrowne   Drums
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone
John Simmons   Bass
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Billy Taylor   Piano
Bobby Tucker   Piano
Ray Ellis Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Composer
Trummy Young   Composer
Chris Albertson   Liner Notes
Norman Granz   Producer
Ray Ellis   Arranger,Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Michael Lang   Compilation Supervisor
Leroy Lovett   Director
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Peter Pullman   Contributor,Notes Editing
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Shawn Wilson-Bunyan   Contributor
Gordon H. Jee   Director

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