Billie Holiday is a number one vocal stylist around the world !

Brunswick

Brunswick Records

  • BBC時代
    1845年Iowa州Dubuqueを拠点にピアノの製造を始めた B-B-C (Brunswick Balke-Collender Compan) は、1916年に初めて縦振動方式のSPレコードを発売する。そして1920年1月には現在の横振動方式に変更した。1924年頃までは機械吹き込み時代が続くが1925年7月から電気吹き込みとなり、Red Nichols (May 8, 1905 – June 28, 1965) の The Five Pennies, や King Oliver (May 11, 1885 – April 10, 1938) のバンドなどを録音している。また1924年には Vocalion Records を買収した。
  • WBP時代
    1930年4月 B-B-C は映画会社 WBP (Warner Bros. Pictures) に権利を譲し、Warner Bros.は Brunswick Radio Corporation として映画スター達のレコードを発売した。
  • ARC時代
    1931年12月に CFI (Consolidated Film Industries) の子会社ARC(American Record Corporation) に権利を譲渡する。
  • Brunswick のジェネラル・マネージャーだった Jack Kapp は1934年の夏に米 Decca を設立し、それまで Brunswick のスターだった Bing Crosby, Al Jolson, Guy Lombardo, Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey 兄弟などのスター達が移籍して順調なスタートを切った。1937年には Count Basie の録音も始まった。そして1940年には1931年11月17日までの Brunswick (含む Vocalion) の権利を譲り受けた。
  • ARC は BRC (Brunswick Record Corporation) として録音を続ける。1935年から Teddy Wilson の録音がスタートし、1942年8月1日からの第一次レコーディング・ストライキの前日まで続けられた。
  • 1934年にCFIに買収されレーベル名が使えなかった Columbia は1938年12 月にCBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) が再び買収し1939年9月はColumbia レーベルが復活した。逆に Brunswick レーベルは1944年にDecca が復活させるまで市場から姿を消すことになる。
  • 1942年からのストライキで各レコード会社は新たな録音ができなくなった。 そこで Decca の Jack Kapp は BBC 時代の Brunswick の発売を思いついたと考えられる。これは1944年から2-4枚組で80000番代の SPアルバムが復刻された。Duke Ellington, Bing Crosby, Jerry Roll Morten などがある。

Billie Holiday の Brunswick への吹き込みは1935年7月20日から1939年1月30日までで 7498〜7612 までは黒地に金唐草模様のラベルで 7699 以降は黒地に銀のオルガン・パイプのデザインとなる。
いずれも Teddy Wilson とのセッションで Billie 最高潮の時期といえる。

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 Brunswick Original List

Disc No.TitleMX No.Rec.DateT/O,R/O
7498What A Little Moonlight Can DoB17767-1350702500/-8.5
A Sunbonnet BlueB17769-1350702500/-8.5
7501I Wished On The MoonB17766-1350702500/-8.5
Miss Brown To YouB17768-1350702500/-8.5
7511What A Night, What A Moon, What A GirlB17913-1350731500/-8.5
It's Too Hot For WordsB17915-1350731500/-8.5
7520I'm Painting The Town RedB17914-1350731500/-8.5
7550Twenty-Four Hours A DayB18196-1351028500/-8.5
Yankee Doodle Never Went To TownB19197-1351028500/-8.5
7554Eeny Meeny Miney MoB18199-1351028500/-8.5
If You Were MineB18209-1351028500/-8.5
7577These 'N' That 'N' ThoseB18316-1351203500/-8.5
7581You Let Me DownB18318-1351203500/-8.5
Spreadin' Rhythm AroundB18319-1351203500/-8.5
7612Life Begins When You're In LoveB18612-1360130500/-8.5
7699These Foolish ThingsB19496-2360630500/-8.5
7702It's Like Reaching For The MoonB19495-2360630500/-8.5
Guess WhoB19499-2360630500/-8.5
7729I Cried For YouB19498-2360630500/-8.5
7762Easy To LoveB20105-1361021500/-8.5
The Way You Look TonightB20107-1361021500/-8.5
7768With Thee I SwingB20106-2361021500/-8.5
Who Loves You?B20142-1361028500/-8.5
7781I Can't Give You Anything But LoveB20293-1361119500/-8.5
7789Pennies From HeavenB20290-1361119500/-8.5
That's Life I GuessB20291-1361119500/-8.5
7824He Ain't Got RhythmB20568-1370125500/-8.5
This Year's KissesB20569-2370125500/-8.5
7840You Showed Me The WayB20699-2370218500/-8.5
My Last AffairB20701-1370218500/-8.5
7844The Mood That I'm InB20698-2370218500/-8.5
Sentimental & MelancholyB20700-2370218500/-8.5
7859Why Was I BornB20570-1370125500/-8.5
I Must Have That ManB20571-1370125500/-8.5
7867CarelesslyB20911-3370331500/-8.5
How Could You?B20912-1370331500/-8.5
7877Moanin' LowB20913-1370331500/-8.5
7903I'll Get ByB21119-1370511500/-8.5
Mean To MeB21120-1370511500/-8.5
7911Foolin' MyselfB21217-1370601500/-8.5
Easy LivingB21218-2370601500/-8.5
7917Sun ShowersB21117-2370511500/-8.5
Yours And MineB21118-2370511500/-8.5
7926I'll Never Be The SameB21219-2370601500/-8.5
8008My ManB21984-1371101500/-8.5
Can't Help Loving Dat ManB21985-1371101500/-8.5
8015Nice Work If You Can Get ItB21982-1371101500/-8.5
Things Are Looking UpB21983-1371101500/-8.5
8053My First Impression Of YouB22192-4380106500/-8.5
If Dreams Come TrueB22255-1380106500/-8.5
8070When You're SmilingB22194-3380106500/-8.5
I Can't Believe That You're In Love With MeB22195-4380106500/-8.5
8259Everybody's LaughingB23642-1381031500/-8.5
Here It Is Tomorrow AgainB23643-1381031500/-8.5
8265April In My HeartB23688-1381109500/-8.5
I'll Never Fail YouB23689-1381109500/-8.5
8270Say It With A KissB23687-1381109500/-8.5
They SayB23690-1381109500/-8.5
8281You're Gonna See A Lot Of MeB23761-1381128500/-8.5
Hello, My DarlingB23762-1381128500/-8.5
8283You're So DesirableB23760-1381128500/-8.5
Let's Dream In The MoonlightB23763-2381128500/-8.5
8314What Shall I Say?B24044-1390130500/-8.5
It's Easy To Blame The WeatherB24045-1390130500/-8.5
8319More Than You KnowB24046-1390130500/-8.5
Sugar (That Sugar Baby O' Mine)B24047-1390130500/-8.5




7498 What A Little Moonlight Can Do

What A Little Moonlight Can Do

Lyrics and music by Harry Woods
2nd, July 1935
B17767-1


Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you

You’re in love
Your heart's fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
I love you

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peepin' through

He'll get bold
You can't resist him
All you'll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do  

  • Harry Woods (1896-1970) 「Side By Side」や「Try a Little Tenderness」の作曲者として有名。
    Billie Holiday の初ヒット・チャート入りした曲(1935年10月に12位)
    以後、Billie がクラブ出演の際は「I Cried For You」と共に必ず唄った。
  • PERSONNEL
    Roy Eldridge, tp / Benny Goodman, cl / Ben Webster, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / John Trueheart, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday v. New York, July 2, 1935
    YouTube


7498 A Sunbonnet Blue

A Sunbonnet Blue

Irving Kahal & Sammy Fain
2nd, July 1935
B17769-1


A sunbonnet blue and a yellow straw hat
Shy little he and she
Were declaring love's old story
In the shade of the old apple tree
 

A sunbonnet blue and a yellow straw hat
Decided to say, "I do"
So they rode to June and glory
On a bicycle built for two

Hear the past.  The song is old.
The summer days are through
With silver threads among the gold
They still say, "I love you"

A sunbonnet blue and a yellow straw hat
Are true to this very day
For he loves her in December
As he did in May

  • PERSONNEL
    Roy Eldridge, tp / Ben Webster, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / John Trueheart, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday vc. New York, July 2, 1935.
    YouTube


7501 I Wished On The Moon

I Wished On The Moon

Lyrics : Dorothy Parker
Music : Ralph Rainger
2nd, July 1935
B17766-1


I wished on the moon
For something I never knew
Wished on the moon
For more than I ever knew
A sweeter rose, a softer sky
On April days that would not dance away

I begged on the stars
To throw me a beam or two
Wished on the stars
And asked for a dream or two
I looked for every loveliness
It all came true
I wished on the moon for you

  • Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)は作家、評論家、詩人として有名な女性活動家。
    タイトルの「月に願いを」はDonald Clarkeが著したBillie Holiday の伝記の表題にも使われた。
  • PERSONNEL
    Roy Eldridge, tp / Benny Goodman, cl / Ben Webster, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / John Trueheart, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday vc. New York, July 2, 1935.
    YouTube


7501 Miss Brown To You

Miss Brown To You

Leo Robin & Richard Whiting & Ralph Rainger
2nd, July 1935
B17768-1


Who do you think is comin' to town
You'll never guess who
Lovable huggable Emily Brown
Miss Brown to you
What if the rain comes pattering down
My heaven is blue
Can it be sending me Emily Brown
Miss Brown to you

I know her eyes will thrill you
But go slow oh, oh
Don't you all get too familiar
Why do you think she's comin' to town
Just wait and you'll see
The lovable little Miss Brown to you
Is baby to me

(bridge)

Yes, yes
Mark it down

  • この録音はBroadway 1776番地のBrunswick Studioで行われたが最初の小節の4拍目と2小節1拍目に車のクラクションの音が入り込んでいる。
  • Billieの随所にみなぎる自信、クールで官能的な名唱。
  • PERSONNEL
    Roy Eldridge, tp / Benny Goodman, cl / Ben Webster, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / John Trueheart, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday vc. New York, July 2, 1935.
    YouTube


7511 What A Night, What A Moon, What A Girl

What A Night, What A Moon, What A Girl

John Jacob Loeb
31st, July 1935
B17913-1


What a night
What a moon
What a boy
What a moon
What a night
What a boy
Those white clouds hang in the air
Like toy balloons
Say they just hang in the air
That's made for honeymoons
What a hug
What a kiss
What a boy
What a game  Oh, what bliss
What a boy
Is it a wonder
My heart is full of joy
What a night
What a moon
What a boy

  • PERSONNEL
    Roy Eldridge, tp / Cecil Scott, cl / Hilton Jefferson, as / Ben Webster, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Lawrence Lucie, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, July 31, 1935
    YouTube


7511 It's Too Hot For Words

It's Too Hot For Words

Walter Samuels & Leonard Whitcup & Teddy Powell
31st, July 1935
B17915-1


It's too hot for words
Why bother with conversation
Don't let's talk or even walk
If you want to make love okay

It's too hot for words
There's nothing like relaxation
Can't ignore this temperature
But if you want to make love okay

Let's find a cozy nook
Beside a babbling brook
Let's find a shady tree
Let the love birds talk for you and me

‘Cause it's much too hot for words
Why bother with conversation
Goodness knows my heart disclose
All it dares to say
All it cares to say
It's too hot for words

  • PERSONNEL
    Roy Eldridge, tp / Cecil Scott, cl / Hilton Jefferson, as / Ben Webster, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Lawrence Lucie, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, July 31, 1935
    YouTube


7520 I'm Painting The Town Red

I'm Painting The Town Red

Charles Tobias & Charles Newman & Sam H. Stept
31st, July 1935
B17914-1


A smile on my face
A song on my lips
Pretending is all I do
I'm painting the town red
To hide a heart that's blue

I'm gay with the crowd
I play with the crowd
But oh, if they only knew
I'm painting the town red
To hide a heart that's blue
Must I go on carrin' on

My merry song is just pretend
Loving you so, wanting you so
Where will it end, how will it end

A smile on my face
A song on my lips
But never forgetting you
I'm painting the town red
To hide a heart that's blue

  • PERSONNEL
    Roy Eldridge, tp / Cecil Scott, cl / Hilton Jefferson, as / Ben Webster, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Lawrence Lucie, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, July 31, 1935.
    YouTube


7550 Twenty-Four Hours A Day

Twenty-Four Hours A Day

Lyrics : Arthur Swanstrom
Music : James Frederick Hanley
28th, October 1935
B18196-1


Like a little old fashioned music box
With just one tune to play
My heart keeps singin' I love you
Twenty four hours a day

Like a little old fashioned music box
That skips a note or two
My heart keeps missin' a heart beat
Singin' its song about you
And although the song we know is old
It's still the sweetest story ever told

Like a little old fashioned music box
With just one tune to play
My heart keeps singin' I love you
Twenty four hours a day

  • PERSONNEL
    Roy Eldridge tp; Benny Morton tb; Chu Berry ts; Teddy Wilson p; Dave Barbour g; John Kirby b; Cozy Cole ds; Billie Holiday vc;
    New York, October 28, 1935
    YouTube


7550 Yankee Doodle Never Went To Town

Yankee Doodle Never Went To Town

Arthur Freed & Bernie Hanighan
28th, October 1935
B18197-1


Yankee Doodle never went to town
I just discovered the story was phony
Let me give you all the real low-down
He didn't even own a pony
He was really very short and fat
While in the story so skinny and moany
And so hungry that he ate his hat
And called the felt macaroni
Underneath the chestnut tree
He and the blacksmith would sip that tea
Then he'd bring out his uniform down
That's how he went to town

Yankee Doodle tried to leave one day
Took his belongings and mounted his saddle
But he never got it on his way
Cause he didn't have a pony
And the fairy tale is phony
How could Yankee Doodle go to town?

  • 当時米国が欧州戦線に参戦することに抗議するプロパガンダソングでパロディ作品。
    発売に際しFBIから圧力をかけられた。
  • PERSONNEL
    Roy Eldridge tp; Benny Morton tb; Chu Berry ts; Teddy Wilson p; Dave Barbour g; John Kirby b; Cozy Cole ds; Billie Holiday vc;
    New York, October 28, 1935
    YouTube


7554 Eeny Meeny Miney Mo

Eeny Meeny Miney Mo

Johnny Mercer & Matty Malneck
28th, October 1935


Eeny meeny miney mo
Catch your troubles by the toe
If it hollers let it go
Let it fly away
 

Eeny meeny miney mo
It's the saying high and low
Hear it everywhere you go
Any time of day
 

Big Ben rings it
Vallee sings it
Whitewood swings it
Even Mr. Crosby bings it
 

Eeny meeny miney mo
Catch your troubles by the toe
If it hollers let it go
Let it fly away

  • PERSONNEL
    Roy Eldridge, tp / Benny Morton, tb / Chu Berry, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Dave Barbour, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, October 28, 1935.
    YouTube


7554 If You Were Mine

If You Were Mine

Johnny Mercer & Matty Malneck
28th, October 1935
B18209-1 


If you were mine

I could be a ruler of kings

And if you were mine

I could do such wonderful things

I'd say to a star

Stop where you are

Light up my lover's way

And every star above you

Would obey, say

If you were mine

I would live for your love alone

To kneel at your shrine

I would give up all that I own

Yes even my heart

Even my life

I'd trade it all for you

And think I was lucky too

If you were mine

  • PERSONNEL
    Roy Eldridge, tp / Benny Morton, tb / Chu Berry, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Dave Barbour, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, v. New York, October 28, 1935
    YouTube


7577 These 'N' That 'N' Those

These 'N' That 'N' Those

Milton Pascal & Edgar Fairchild
 3rd, December 1935
B18316-1


These are nights below

And that's the moon above

And those are eyes that say you're mine

Why can't we combine these 'n' that 'n' those

These are moments rare

And that's the comfy chair

And those are lips that should be kissed

How can we resist these 'n' that 'n' those

Holding conversation is no recreation

And we have so much more to do

I'd be disrespectful

If I were neglectful

Of all that nature gave to you

These two hearts are bold

And that's a hand to hold

And those two arms have room to spare

Where we both can share these 'n' that 'n' those

  • PERSONNEL
    Richard Clarke, tp / Tom Mace, cl / Johnny Hodges, as / Teddy Wilson, p / Dave Barbour, g / Grachan Moncur, b / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, December 3, 1935
    YouTube

7581 You Let Me Down

You Let Me Down

Lyrics : Al Dubin
Music : Harry Warren
3rd, December 1935
B18318-1


You told me that I was like an angel

Told me I was fit to wear a crown

So that you could get a thrill

You put me on a pedestal
And then you let me down, let me down
 

You told me that I'd be wearing diamonds

I would have the smartest car in town

Made me think that I'm the top

And then you let the ladder drop
You know you let me down, let me down
 

I walked upon a rainbow

I clung unto a star

You had me up in heaven

That's why I had to fall so far
 

I was even looking for a cottage

I was measured for a wedding gown

That's how I got cynical

You put me on a pinnacle

And then you let me down, let me down

How you let me down

  • PERSONNEL
    Richard Clarke, tp / Tom Mace, cl / Johnny Hodges, as / Teddy Wilson, p / Dave Barbour, g / Grachan Moncur, b / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, December 3, 1935
    YouTube


7581 Spreadin' Rhythm Around

Spreadin' Rhythm Around

Ted Koehler / Jimmy McHugh
3rd, December 1935
B18319-1


Music everywhere, feet are pattin'

Puttin' tempo in old Manhattan

Everybody is out high hattin'

Spreadin' rhythm around


Everywhere you go trumpets are blarin'

Drums and saxophones rip and tearin'

Everybody you meet is rarin'
Spreadin' rhythm around


Up in Harlem in every flat they give it that zing

Which according to one and all is what they call swing


Those who can't afford silk and satin

Dance with Gigolos who are Latin

Come from Yonkers, the Bronx and Staten

Spreadin' rhythm around

  • PERSONNEL
    Richard Clarke, tp / Tom Mace, cl / Johnny Hodges, as / Teddy Wilson, p / Dave Barbour, g / Grachan Moncur, b / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, December 3, 1935
    YouTube


7612 Life Begins When You're In Love

Life Begins When You're In Love

Brown & Victor Schertzinger & Andrew Acquarulo Ackers
30th, January 1936
B18612-1


Life begins when you're in love
Y
ou have the world before you

When you've found the one

The only one to love and adore you

It's when you learn the sigh of it

The long of it, the cry of it

Life begins when Cupid wins

And you're in love

  • PERSONNEL
    Gordon Griffin, tp / Rudy Powell, cl / Ted McRae, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / John Trueheart, g / Grachan Moncur, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, January 30, 1936.
    YouTube


7699 These Foolish Things

These Foolish Things

Lyrics : Eric Maschwitz
Music : Jack Strachey & Harry Link & Holt Marvell
30th, June 1936
B19496-2


A cigarette that bears a lipstick's traces

An airline ticket to romantic places

Still my heart has wings

These foolish things remind me of you
A tinkling piano in the next apartment

Those stumbling words

That told you what my heart meant

A fairground's painted swings

These foolish things remind me of you.

You came you saw

You conquered me

When you did that to me

I knew somehow this had to be
The winds of March

That make my heart a dancer

A telephone that rings

But who's to answer

Oh, how the ghost of you clings

These foolish things remind me of you

  • PERSONNEL
    Jonah Jones, tp / Johnny Hodges, as / Harry Carney, cl, bar / Teddy Wilson, p / Lawrence Lucie, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, June 30, 1936
    YouTube


7702 It's Like Reaching For The Moon

It's Like Reaching For The Moon

Al Lewis & Al Sherman & Gerald Marqsee
30th, June 1936
B19495-2


It's like reaching for the moon

It's like reaching for the sun

It's like reaching for the stars

Reaching for you

You're so far above me

How can I expect than an angel to love me

Who is so divine as you are?

It's like flying without wings

Playing fiddle without strings

And a million other things

No one can do

No, my hopes are slender

In my secret heart I pray you'll surrender soon

No, it's like reaching for the moon

  • PERSONNEL
    Jonah Jones, tp / Johnny Hodges, as / Harry Carney, cl, bar / Teddy Wilson, p / Lawrence Lucie, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, June 30, 1936.
    YouTube


7702 Guess Who

Guess Who

Arthur Freed & Burton Lane  
30th, June 1936
B19499-2


Somebody thrills to the skies

When she looks in your eyes

Guess who?

Guess who?
Somebody longs to be part

Of the song in your heart

Guess who?

Guess who?
Whose heart is sure to melt like butter

The moment that you utter
I do, I do
Oh it's as plain as can be

That the someone is me

So you don't have to

Guess who

  • PERSONNEL
    Jonah Jones, tp / Johnny Hodges, as / Harry Carney, cl, bar / Teddy Wilson, p / Lawrence Lucie, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, June 30, 1936.
    YouTube


7729 I Cried For You

I Cried For You

Lyrics : Arthur Freed 
Music : Gus Arnheim & Abe Lyman
30th, June 1936
B19498-2


I cried for you

Now it's your turn to cry over me

Every road has a turning

That's one thing you're learning
I cried for you

What a fool I used to be

Now I've found two eyes

Just a little bit bluer

I've found a heart

Just a little bit truer
I cried for you

Now it's your turn to cry over me

  • PERSONNEL
    Jonah Jones, tp / Johnny Hodges, as / Harry Carney, cl, bar / Teddy Wilson, p / Lawrence Lucie, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, June 30, 1936
    YouTube


7762 Easy To Love

Easy To Love

Lyrics and music by Cole Porter
21st, October 1936
B20105-1


You'd be so easy to love

So easy to idolize

All others above

So worth the yearning for

So swell to keep every homefire burning for
We'd be so grand at the game

So carefree together

That it does seem a shame

That you can't see

Your future with me

'Cause you'd be oh so easy to love

  • 1936年のMGM映画「Born To Dance」の挿入歌。
    セントラルパークの散歩中に告白するというもの。
    You’d be so easy to loveは仮定法過去で、「もし君を愛したとしたら、君は僕が簡単におぼれてしまうような相手だね」というところ。
    homefire burning forは家庭を築くという意味合い。
  • PERSONNEL
    Irving Randolph, tp / Vido Musso, cl / Ben Webster, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / Milton Hinton, b / Gene Krupa, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, October 21, 1936.
    YouTube


7762 The Way You Look Tonight

The Way You Look Tonight

Lyrics : Dorothy Fields  
Music : Jerome Kern
21st, October 1936
B20107-1


Someday, when I'm awfully low

When the world is cold

I will feel a glow

Just thinking of you

And the way you look tonight

Oh but you're lovely

With your smile so warm

And your cheeks so soft

There is nothing for me

But to love you

Just the way you look tonight

With each word

Your tenderness grows

Tearing my fear apart

And that laugh

That wrinkles your nose

Touches my foolish heart

Lovely, never never change

Keep that breathless charm

Won't you please arrange it

‘Cause I love you

Just the way you look tonight

  • 前出「A Fine Romance」同様36年RKO映画「Swing Time」の挿入歌。
  • PERSONNEL
    Irving Randolph, tp / Vido Musso, cl / Ben Webster, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / Milton Hinton, b / Gene Krupa, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, October 21, 1936.
    YouTube

7768 With Thee I Swing

With Thee I Swing

Basil George Adlam & Alexander Hyde & Stillman
21st, October 1936
B20106-2


With thee I swing baby

With thee it's just not dancin'

With thee I cling, baby

Whenever I get a chance

With thee I swing, baby

For thou art so entrancin'

My heart goes bing baby

Whenever we start to dance

With all the others

I'm only marking time

But in your arms I melt away

Like ice cream on a summer's day

Just one more thing, baby

My life won't he worthwhile

Till down the middle aisle

With thee I swing

  • PERSONEL
    Irving Randolph, tp / Vido Musso, cl / Ben Webster, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / Milton Hinton, b / Gene Krupa, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, October 21, 1936.
    YouTube


7768 Who Loves You?

Who Loves You?

lyrics and music by Benny Davis & J. Fred Coots
28th, October 1936
B20142-1


Who loves you

Ask yourself the question

Who loves you sweetheart

And tell me who thinks of you

A million times a day

And who's blue and lonely honey

When you're away

Say who needs you

Needs you every minute

Who fell for you from the start

Oh who just longs for your caresses

You don't have to take three guesses

Who loves you sweetheart

  • PERSONNEL
    Irving Randolph, tp / Vido Musso, cl / Ben Webster, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / Milton Hinton, b / Gene Krupa, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, October 28, 1936.
    YouTube

7781 I Can't Give You Anything But Love

I Can't Give You Anything But Love

Lyrics : Dorothy Fields
Music : Jimmy McHugh
19th, November 1936
B20293-1


I can't give you anything but love, baby

That's the only thing I've plenty of, baby

Scheme a while dream a while

We're sure to find

Happiness and I guess

All those things you've always pined for

Gee I'd like to see you looking swell, baby

Diamond bracelets Woolworth doesn't sell, baby

Until that lucky day

You know darned well, baby

I can't give you anything but love

  • 1928年黒人ばかりが出演したレヴュー「Blackbirds Of 1928」の挿入歌。
    Woolworthは安売りの百貨店。
  • Louis Armstrongの影響を感じさせる。シュールな歌い出し、原曲と別物にするメロディの取り方、ユーモラスでありながら大胆なリズムの置き換え等。
  • PERSONNEL
    Jonah Jones, tp / Benny Goodman (as JOHN JACKSON), cl / Ben Webster, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, November 19, 1936.
    YouTube


7789 Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

Lyrics : Johnny Burke
Music : Arthur Johnston 
19th, November 1936
B20290-1


Oh every time it rains it rains

Pennies from heaven

Don't you know each cloud contains

Pennies from heaven

You'll find your fortune

Falling all over town

Be sure that your umbrella 
Is upside down
 

Trade them for a package of 
Sunshine and flowers

If you want the things you love

You must have showers

So when you hear it thunder

Don't run under a tree

There'll be pennies from heaven

For you and me

  • 1936年同名映画の主題歌。小粋な歌詞の素晴らしさを味わいたい。「愛するものを手に入れたいと思ったら、土砂降りに遭わなきゃ手にいられれない、逃げないで、天からの恵みのお金が降ってくるよ」
  • Benny Goodmanのオブリガードが秀逸。
  • PERSONNEL
    Jonah Jones, tp / Benny Goodman (as JOHN JACKSON), cl / Ben Webster, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, November 19, 1936.
    YouTube


7789 That's Life I Guess

That's Life I Guess

Peter DeRose & Lewis
19th, November 1936
B20291-1


Sometimes I wonder

What's in store for me

Your love could open

Heaven's door to me

But you don't care a straw for me

That's life I guess

My days and nights

Are starting off with you

My sugar kisses taste like salt to you

But why should I find fault with you

That's life I guess

The world was bright when you loved me

Sweet was the touch of your lips

The world went dark when you left me

And then there came a total eclipse
Nobody knows how cruel fate can be

How close together love and hate can be

Goodbye just clean the slate for me

That's life I guess

  • PERSONNEL
    Jonah Jones, tp / Benny Goodman (as JOHN JACKSON), cl / Ben Webster, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, November 19, 1936.
    YouTube


7824 He Ain't Got Rhythm

He Ain't Got Rhythm

Irving Berlin
25th, January 1937
B20568-1


'Cause he ain't got rhythm

Every night he sits in the house alone

'Cause he ain't got rhythm

Every night he sits there are wears a frown

He attracted some attention

When he found the fourth dimension

But he ain't got rhythm

So no one's with him

The loneliest man in town

Oh! lonely man is he

Bending over his books

His wife and family

Keep giving him dirty looks
'Cause he ain't got rhythm

When they call him up

It's to call him down

With that daring aviator

He encircled the equator

But he ain't got rhythm

So no one's with him

The loneliest man in town

  • 記念すべき Lester Young と初共演録音。同日に計 4 曲を収録。参加のリズム隊は Basie 楽団の All American Rhythm Section.
  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton tp; Benny Goodman cl: Lester Young ts; Teddy Wilson p; Freddy Green g; Walter Page b; Joe Jones d; Billie Holiday vc; New York, January 25, 1937.
    YouTube


7824 This Year's Kisses

This Year's Kisses

Irving Berlin
25th, January 1937
B20569-2


This year's crop of kisses

Don't seem as sweet to me

This year's crop just misses

What kisses used to be

This year's new romance

Doesn't seem to have a chance

Even helped by Mister Moon above

This year's crop of kisses is not for me

For I'm still wearin' last year's love

  • 1937年のミュージカル映画「On The Avenue」の挿入歌。
    この録音はヒット・チャート8位にランクされた。
    Billieが彼女らしく忘れられない去年の恋を回想しながらという怠惰な雰囲気で軽く唄っている。
  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Benny Goodman, cl / Lester Young, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Freddy Green, g / Walter Page, b / Joe Jones, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, January 25, 1937
    YouTube


7840 You Showed Me The Way

You Showed Me The Way

Music and lyrics by
Bud Green & Teddy McRae & Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald  
18th, February 1937
B20698-2


You showed me the way

When I was someone in distress

A heart in search of happiness

You showed me the way

My sky was so gray

I never knew I'd feel a thrill

I couldn't dream a dream until

You showed me the way

The moment you found me

The shadows around me

Just disappeared from view

The world became rosy

Each corner so cozy

Darling, all because of you

You showed me the way

And if I've learned that love can be

A paradise for you and me

Here's all I can say

You showed me the way

  • Henry Red Allenの気迫のこもったプレイがBillieの集中力を増加させた名演。
  • PERSONNEL
    Henry Allen tp; Cecil Scott cl, as, ts; Prince Robinson ts; Jimmy McLin g; John Kirby b; Teddy Wilson p; Cozy Cole d; Billie Holiday vc; New York, February 18, 1937.
    YouTube


7840 My Last Affair

My Last Affair

Haven Johnson
18th, February 1937
B20701-1


Can't you see

What love and romance have done to me

I'm not the same as I used to be

This is my last affair

Tragedy

Just seems to be the end of me

My happiness is misery

This is my last affair

Right from the start

You took my love

Tore my heart apart

Now there's nothing new to look forward to

My dreams won't come true

So I'll make a vow, make a vow

No more to love's shrine will I bow

I cross my heart and seal it now

This is my last affair

  • PERSONNEL
    Henry Allen, tp / Cecil Scott, cl, as, ts / Prince Robinson, ts / Jimmy McLin, g / John Kirby, b / Teddy Wilson, p / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, February 18, 1937.
    YouTube


7844 The Mood That I'm In

The Mood That I'm In

Abner Silver & Al Sherman
18th, February 1937
B20698-2


Never dared to have your arms around me

Not that I considered it a sin

But tonight I want your arms around me

It's the mood that I'm in
Can it be the music that they're playin'

Or the magic of the violin

That intrigues my heart to obeyin'

It's the mood that I'm in
Maybe it's the cocktail that I'm sippin'

That helps to put me in this frame of mine

Maybe it's because of you I'm sleepin'

Tonight I'm so romantically inclined
So speak to me of love in words so tender

Let the rhapsody of life begin

I could give my heart in sweet surrender

It's the mood that I'm in

  • PERSONNEL
    Henry Allen, tp / Cecil Scott, cl, as, ts / Prince Robinson, ts / Jimmy McLin, g / John Kirby, b / Teddy Wilson, p / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, February 18, 1937.
    YouTube


7844 Sentimental & Melancholy

Sentimental & Melancholy

Richard Whiting & Johnny Mercer
18th, February 1937
B20700-2


Sentimental and melancholy

Whenever I think about you

It's only a mood

A brief interlude

That's better described as just feeling blue

I suppose that it's just my folly

To keep it alive as I do

But it's a kind of sugar coated misery

And foolish as it seems

I thought I'd like to be
Sentimental and melancholy

Whenever I think about you

  • PERSONNEL
    Henry Allen, tp / Cecil Scott, cl, as, ts / Prince Robinson, ts / Jimmy McLin, g / John Kirby, b / Teddy Wilson, p / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, February 18, 1937.
    YouTube


7859 Why Was I Born

Why Was I Born

lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
music by Jerome Kern
25th, January 1937
B20570-1


Why was I born?

Why am I livin'?

What do I get?

What am I givin'?

Why do I want for things

That dare not hope for?

What can I hope for?

I wish I knew

Why do I try

To draw you near me?

Why do I cry?

You never hear me

I'm a poor fool

But what can I do?

Oh baby why was I born

To love you?

  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Benny Goodman, cl / Lester Young, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Freddy Green, g / Walter Page, b / Joe Jones, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, January 25, 1937.
    YouTube


7859 I Must Have That Man

I Must Have That Man

Lyrics : Dorothy Fields
Music : Jimmy McHugh
25th, January 1937
B20571-1


Don't want my mammy

I don't need a friend

My heart is broken

It won't ever mend

I ain't much carin'

Just where I will end

I must have that man

I'm like an oven

That's crying for heat
He treats me awfully

Each time that we meet

It's just unlawful

How that boy can cheat

But I must have that man

He's hot as Hades

A lady's not safe in his arms

When she's kissed

But I'm afraid that he's cooled off

And maybe I'm ruled off his list

I'll never be missed

I need that person much worse'n just bad

I'm half alive and he's drivin' me mad

He's only human if he's to be had

I must have that man

  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Benny Goodman, cl / Lester Young, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Freddy Green, g / Walter Page, b / Joe Jones, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, January 25, 1937
    YouTube


7867 Carelessly

Carelessly

Norman Ellis
31st, March 1937
B20911-3


How carelessly

You gave me your heart

And carelessly I broke it sweetheart

I took each tender kiss you gave to me

Every kiss made you a slave to me

Then carelessly

I told you good-bye

But now at night I wake up and cry

I wish I knew a way to find the love

I threw away so carelessly

  • PERSONNEL
    Cootie Williams, tp / Johnny Hodges, as / Harry Carney, cl, bar / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, March 31, 1937.
    YouTube


7867 How Could You?

How Could You?

Music : Harry Warren
Lyrics : Al Dubin
31st, March 1937
B20912-1


Just when romance got a start

You decided it was time to part

How could you?

How could you?

It was on a night like this

You left me and didn't leave a kiss

How could you?

How could you?

You know that love is just like apple pie

It's either sweet or tart

You could be the apple of my eye

But you, you, you upset the applecart
I was looking forward to

All those little things you didn't do

How could you,

Could you break my heart?

  • PERSONNEL
    Cootie Williams, tp / Johnny Hodges, as / Harry Carney, cl, bar / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, March 31, 1937.
    YouTube


7877 Moanin' Low

Moanin' Low

Lirics : Howard Dietz
Music : Ralph Rainger
31st, March 1937
B20913-1


Moanin' low, my sweet man, I love him so

Though he's mean as can be

He's the kind of man needs the kind

Of a woman like me
Gonna die if my sweet man should pass me by

If I die where'll he be

He's the kind of a man needs the kind

Of a woman like me

Don't know any reason why

He treats me so poorly

What have I gone and done

Makes my troubles double with his worries

When surely I ain't deserving of none

Moanin' low

My sweet man is gonna go

When he goes, oh lordy

He's the kind of a man needs the kind

Of a woman like me

  • 1929年のレヴュー「The Little Show」の挿入歌。
    彼氏がつれなくて、出て行ってしまった。私が必要なのに・・・」と低く呻いているBillieらしい歌詞の曲。
  • PERSONNEL
    Cootie Williams, tp / Johnny Hodges, as / Harry Carney, cl, bar / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / John Kirby, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, March 31, 1937.
    YouTube


7903 I'll Get By

I'll Get By

Lyrics: Roy Turk 
Music:  Fred E. Ahlert
11th, May 1937
B21119-1


I'll get by

As long as I have you

Though there'll be rain

And darkness too
I'll not complain

I'll laugh it's true
Poverty

May come to me that's true

But what care I say
I'll get by

As long as I have you

  • 1928年の作品でヒットソングとなったが、50年の20世紀Foxの「I’ll Get By」の主題歌として使われた。
    「あなたと一緒ならなにがあっても何とかやっていける」といったラブソング。
    Billieは垢抜けたくずしかたで唄う。もっとも無駄を省いた名歌唱。44年にV-discとCommodoreへの録音がある。
  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Buster Bailey, cl / Johnny Hodges, as / Lester Young, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / Artie Bernstein, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, May 11, 1937
    YouTube


7903 Mean To Me

Mean To Me

Roy Turk & Fred E. Ahlert
11th, May 1937
B21120-1


You're mean to me

Why must you be mean to me?

Gee honey it seems to me

You love to see me crying

I don't know why

I stay home each night

When you say you'll phone

You don't and I'm left alone

Singing the blues and sighing

You treat me coldly each day in the year

You always scold me

Whenever somebody is near, dear

It must be great fun to be mean to me

You shouldn't for can't you see

What you mean to me?

  • 1929年の作品。その後スタンダードとして人気の曲。
    「mean to me」は「私につらくあたる」という意味(meanは形容詞)で、最後の「mean to me」だけは「私が大切だということ」(私の意味するところ)という動詞になります。
    Billieはスタンダード曲を洗練された独特の節回しで唄う。「Can't you see?」や「I don't know why」というフレーズは最高。
  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Buster Bailey, cl / Johnny Hodges, as / Lester Young, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / Artie Bernstein, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, May 11, 1937
    YouTube


7911 Foolin' Myself

Foolin' Myself

lyrics: Jack Lawrence  
music: Peter Tinturin
1st, June 1937
B21217-1


I tell myself I'm through with love

And I'll having nothing more to do with love

I stay away but every day

I'm just foolin' myself
I tell my friends that I don't care

I shrug my shoulders at the whole affair

But they all know it isn't so

I'm just foolin' myself
And every time I pass

And see my face in a looking glass

I tip my hat and say

How do you do you fool

You're throwing your life away
I'm acting gay I'm acting proud

And every time I see you in a crowd

I may pretend but in the end

I'm just foolin' myself

  • Teddy Wilson生涯最高のセッションといわれる。
  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Buster Bailey, cl / Lester Young, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Freddy Green, g / Walter Page, b / Joe Jones, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, June 1, 1937.
    YouTube


7911 Easy Living

Easy Living

Lyrics : Leo Robin
Music : Ralph Rainger
1st, June 1937
B21218-2


Living for you is easy living

It's easy to live when you're in love

And I'm so in love

There is nothing in life but you
I never regret the years that I'm giving

They're easy to give when you're in love

I'm happy to do whatever I do for you, 

For you 
Maybe I'm a fool but it's fun

People say you rule me with one wave of your hand

Darling it's grand

They just don't understand

Living for you is easy living

It's easy to live when you're in love

And I'm so in love

There's nothing in life but you

  • 1937年の映画「Easy Living」の挿入歌。
    Billie のこの盤で人気曲になった。
    Billie は Lester Young の気だるいテナー・サックスを受けて得意の Lazy な雰囲気を上手く醸し出している。Billieが何年もかけて磨いてきた歌唱が完璧の域に達したといえる名唱。
  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Buster Bailey, cl / Lester Young, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Freddy Green, g / Walter Page, b / Joe Jones, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, June 1, 1937.
    YouTube


7917 Sun Showers

Sun Showers

Arthur Freed & Nacio Herb Brown
11th, May 1937
B21117-2


Sun showers

Never mind the rain

The sun will shine again

Through sun showers
In a little while

They sky above will smile

Like luster that follows your tears
Dark clouds of sorrow

Will soon be a sunny tomorrow
While sun flowers

Raise their happy eyes

Up to the flaming skies

Then sun showers

Leave us as they follow

Rainbows in our hearts

The gray skies soon will be clear

My dear

While sun showers are here

  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Buster Bailey, cl / Johnny Hodges, as / Lester Young, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / Artie Bernstein, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, May 11, 1937
    YouTube


7917 Yours And Mine

Yours And Mine

Arthur Freed & Nacio Herb Brown
11th, May 1937
B21118-2


The stars that shine

Are yours and mine

The rainbows in the sky

Are yours and mine

The song of springtime

The lullaby of Fall

The sunshine of summertime

Belongs to us all
The moon above

Is yours and mine

The right to fall in love

Is yours and mine

The hope of finding the dream

Our hearts desire

All this is

Yours and mine

  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Buster Bailey, cl / Johnny Hodges, as / Lester Young, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / Artie Bernstein, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, May 11, 1937.
    YouTube


7926 I'll Never Be The Same

I'll Never Be The Same

Matty Malneck & Frank Signorelli & Gus Kahn
1st, June 1937
B21219-2


I'll never be the same

Stars have lost their meaning for me

I'll never be the same

Nothing is what it once used to be

And when the sunbirds that sing

Tell me it's spring

I can't believe their song

Once love was king

But kings can be wrong

I'll never be the same

There is such an ache in my heart

I'll never be the same

Since we're apart

But there's a lot that a smile can hide

And I know deep down inside

I'll never be the same

Never be the same again

  • 1932年の作品。ミルドレッド・ベイリィが歌ってヒットした。
    トーチ・ソングとしてもBillieの雰囲気にあった憂鬱な雰囲気が表現されている。歌手と Sax の互譲互敬に満ちたデュオ Lester Young の対旋律は内容・フィーリングとも Louis Armstrong を彷彿とさせる。
  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Buster Bailey, cl / Lester Young, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Freddy Green, g / Walter Page, b / Joe Jones, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, June 1, 1937.
    YouTube


8008 My Man

My Man

French Lyrics :  Albert Willemetz & Jacques Charles 
English Lyrics :  Channing Pollock  
Music by   Maurice Yvain
1st, November 1937
B21984-1


(Verse 2)

Sometimes I say

If I just could get away

With my man
He'd go straight sure as fate

For it never is too late
For a man.
I just like to dream

Of a cottage by a stream

With my man
Where a few flowers grew

And perhaps a kid or two

Like my man.
And then my eyes get wet

I 'most forget

'Til he gets hot

And tells me not to talk
such rot

(refrain) 

Oh my man I love him so

He'll never know

All my life is just despair

But I don't care

When he takes me in his arms

The world is bright

All right
What's the difference if I say

I'll go away

When I know I'll come back

On my knees someday
For whatever my man is

I'm his
Forever more

  • 元々1920年のシャンソン。ヤクザな男に惚れた女の心情を唄った歌で Billie も彼女の生き方に重ね合わせるように何回も録音されている。
    この Buck Clayton 等との初吹き込み盤は Verse2 からさらりと入っていく。
    Verse1 には「私の他に2-3人の彼女がいて、彼は善人ではなくウソばっかりついている。でもあの人が好きなの。私を殴ったりするけどどうしようもないわ」と Billie の生き方そのもののようことが唄われる。
  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Prince Robinson, cl / Vido Musso, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / Walter Page, b / Cozy Cole (as SWING ROO), ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, November 1, 1937.
    YouTube


8008 Can't Help Loving Dat Man

Can't Help Loving Dat Man

Lyrics : Oscar Hammerstein II
Music : Jerome Kern
1st, November 1937
B21985-1


Fish got to swim and birds got to fly

I got to love man till I die

Can't help lovin' that man of mine
Tell me he's lazy tell me he's slow

Tell me I'm crazy maybe I know

Can't help lovin' dat man of mine

When he goes away

Dat's a rainy day

And when he comes back dat day is fine

The sun will shine

He can come home as late as can be

Home without him ain't no home to me

Can't help lovin't dat man of mine

  • 1927年のミュージカル「Show Boat」で唄われた名曲。
    DatはThatの黒人的表現。
    現代では考えにくいトーチソングらしい、乙女心を唄う。
  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Prince Robinson, cl / Vido Musso, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / Walter Page, b / Cozy Cole (as SWING ROO), ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, November 1, 1937.
    YouTube


8015 Nice Work If You Can Get It

Nice Work If You Can Get It

Lyrics : Ira Gershwin
Music : George Gershwin
1st, November 1937
B21982-1


Holding hands at midnight

'Neath the starry sky

Nice work if you can get it

And you can get it if you try
Strolling with the one boy

Sighing sigh after sigh

Nice work if you can get it

And you can get it if you try
Just imagine someone

Waiting at the cottage door

Where two hearts become one

Who could ask for anything more
Loving one who loves you

And then taking that vow

Nice work if you can get it

And if you get it

Won't you tell me how?

  • Gershwin兄弟による1937年RKO映画「A Damsel In Distress」の挿入歌。
  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Prince Robinson, cl / Vido Musso, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / Walter Page, b / Cozy Cole (as SWING ROO), ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, November 1, 1937.
    YouTube


8015 Things Are Looking Up

Things Are Looking Up

Lyrics : Ira Gershwin
Music : George Gershwin
1st, November 1937
B21983-1


Things are looking up

I've been looking the landscape over

And it's covered with four leaf clover

Oh things are looking up

Since love looked up at me
Bitter was my cup

But no more will I be the mourner

For I've certainly turned the corner

Oh things are looking up

Since love looked up at me
See the sunbeams

Every one beams

Just because of you
Love's in session

And my depression
Is unmistakably through
Things are looking up

It's a great little world we live in

Oh, I'm happy as a pup

Since love looked up at me

  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Prince Robinson, cl / Vido Musso, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / Walter Page, b / Cozy Cole (as SWING ROO), ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, November 1, 1937.
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8053 My First Impression Of You

My First Impression Of You

Charles Tobias & Sam H. Stept
6th, January 1938
B22192-4


My first impression of you

Was like the sight of flowers in spring

You were a glorious thing

To see
My first impression of you

Was something indescribably new

I stood there looking at you

Smiling at me
If you had stepped right out of heaven

It wouldn't surprise me more

I thought you were an angel

From heaven's door
It may sound silly but true

My heart just stopped

When I caught your eye
So overwhelming

Was my first impression of you

  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Benny Morton, tb / Lester Young, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Freddy Green, g / Walter Page, b / Joe Jones, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, January 6, 1938.
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8053 If Dreams Come True

If Dreams Come True

Edgar Sampson & Benny Goodman & Irving Mills
6th, January 1938
B22255-1


If dreams come true

I'll be with you

I love that smile in your eyes

You see a dream in the skies

In your caress there's happiness

And love in view

If dreams come true

  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Benny Morton, tb / Lester Young, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Freddy Green, g / Walter Page, b / Joe Jones, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, January 6, 1938.
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8070 When You're Smiling

When You're Smiling

Lyrics and Music by
 Mark Fisher & Joe Goodwin & Larry Shay
6th, January 1938
B22194-3


When you're smiling

When you're smiling

The whole world smiles with you
When you're laughing

When you're laughing

The sun comes shining thru

But when you're crying

You bring on the rain

So stop your sighing be happy again
Keep on smiling

'Cause when you're smiling

The whole world smiles with you

  • 1928年の作品。最初の録音はLouis Armstrong、その後、 前向きな応援ソングとして 愛されるスタンダード曲となる。
    この盤でBillieはミディアム・スウィングでコーラスから歌い始める。Lester Youngのソロも聞きもの。
  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Benny Morton, tb / Lester Young, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Freddy Green, g / Walter Page, b / Joe Jones, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, January 6, 1938.
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8070 I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

Lyrics : Clarence Gaskill
Music : Jimmy McHugh 
6th, January 1938
B22195-4


Your eyes of blue your kisses too

I never knew what they could do

I can't believe you're in love with me
You're telling everyone I know

I'm on your mind each place you go

They can't believe you're in love with me

I have always placed you far above me

I just can't image that you love me

And after all is said and done

It looks like I'm the lucky one

I can't believe you're in love with me

  • PERSONNEL
    Buck Clayton, tp / Benny Morton, tb / Lester Young, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Freddy Green, g / Walter Page, b / Joe Jones, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, January 6, 1938.
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8259 Everybody's Laughing

Everybody's Laughing

Sammy Lerner & Ben Oakland
31st, October 1938
B23642-1


Everybody's laughing

Yes everybody's laughing

They know that you and I are through

And everybody's laughing

I told the world you loved me

And bragged about it proudly

But since they know it's over

They're laughing at me loudly
People love to linger

So they can point a finger

And tear apart a gal whose heart

Was taken through the wringer

If we could start all over

The laugh might be on them

But meanwhile

Everybody's laughing

(bridge)

It we could start all over

The laugh might be on them

But meanwhile

Everybody's laughing

  • PERSONNEL
    Harry James, tp / Benny Morton, tb / Edgar Sampson, Benny Carter, as / Lester Young, Herschel Evans, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Albert Casey, g / Walter Page, b / Joe Jones, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, October 31, 1938.
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8259 Here It Is Tomorrow Again

Here It Is Tomorrow Again

P. Gibson & Roy Ringwald
31st, October 1938
B23643-1


See the house lights start to blink

And the sky is turnin' pink

Gosh what will the neighbors think

Cause here it is tomorrow again

We could share a perfect day

But we've danced the night away

Guess you'd better hit the hay

'cause here it is tomorrow again

We saw the sunset in the sky

Soon we'll see the dawn

Mother Nature's about to rise

And Father Time is marchin' on

Dit you hear my daddy yell?

We've been leaning on the bell

Kiss me quick and run like sixty

'cause here it is tomorrow again

  • PERSONNEL
    Harry James, tp / Benny Morton, tb / Edgar Sampson, Benny Carter, as / Lester Young, Herschel Evans, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Albert Casey, g / Walter Page, b / Joe Jones, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, October 31, 1938.
    YouTube


8265 April In My Heart

April In My Heart

H. Meinardi & Hoagy Carmichael
9th, November 1938
B23688-1


There's snow
flakes in the sky

And geese are flying high

But it's April in my heart again

The devil got his due
Love's holiday is through

Love and I have made a happy start again

Though leaves lie on the ground

The world just turned around

It isn't Fall at all you see

It's Spring that I have found

There's frost in Central Park

At five it's almost dark

What's the difference

When you've heard love's sweet amend

There's snow
flakes in the sky

And geese are flying high

But there's April in my heart again

  • PERSONNEL
    Harry James, tp / Benny Morton, tb / Edgar Sampson, Benny Carter, as / Lester Young, Herschel Evans, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Albert Casey, g / Walter Page, b / Joe Jones, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, 9. November 1938.
    YouTube


8265 I'll Never Fail You

I'll Never Fail You

Lrving Taylor & Vic Mizzy
9th, November 1938
B23689-1


I'll never fail you

Whatever may be
I'll never fail you

Depend upon me
I'll see them all through

The things you've planned

But if they fall through

I'll understand

And when shadows trail you

I'll bring you the sun

I'll never fail you

There's no other one

I'm yours forever

We never will part

I'll never, never fail you sweetheart

  • PERSONNEL
    Harry James, tp / Benny Morton, tb / Edgar Sampson, Benny Carter, as / Lester Young, Herschel Evans, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Albert Casey, g / Walter Page, b / Joe Jones, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, 9. November 1938.
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8270 Say It With A Kiss

Say It With A Kiss

lyrics by Johnny Mercer 
music by Harry Warren
9th, November 1938
B23687-1


Let me hear you say it

Say it with a kiss

If you mean that look I've seen

Say it with a kiss

There is wine and candle shine

And music in your lips

Music in the tops

Of your fingertips
Words may not convey it

Say it with a kiss

And your look might speak a book

That my eyes might miss

You don't have to know the words

To love's familiar tune

Say it with a kiss

And say it soon

  • PERSONNEL
    Harry James, tp / Benny Morton, tb / Edgar Sampson, Benny Carter, as / Lester Young, Herschel Evans, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Albert Casey, g / Walter Page, b / Joe Jones, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, 9. November 1938.
    YouTube


8270 They Say

They Say

Edward Heyman & Paul Mann & Stephan Weiss
9th, November 1938
B23690-1


They say you have no lips

For a fool such as I

They say you just believe

In hello and goodbye

And they say that the one I admire

Isn't even remotely concerned

And that I'll go on playing with fire

Until I have learned

My heart has been burned

They say I shouldn't dream

Of your face in the moon

They say all of my dreams will be

Nightmares too soon
Let them talk

Let them think what they want to

If it makes them feel happy that way

I know I'll always love you

No matter what they say

  • PERSONNEL
    Harry James, tp / Benny Morton, tb / Edgar Sampson, Benny Carter, as / Lester Young, Herschel Evans, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Albert Casey, g / Walter Page, b / Joe Jones, ds / Billie Holiday, v. New York, 9. November 1938.
    Youtube


8281 You're Gonna See A Lot Of Me

You're Gonna See A Lot Of Me

A. Hoffman & A. Goodhard & M. Curtis
28th, November 1938
B23761-1


I'm gonna get you, I'm gonna get you

I'll make you love me wait and see

Both day and night and night and day

You're gonna see a lot of me
I'm gonna haunt you, I'm gonna haunt you

Oh what a pest I'm gonna be

Both day and night and night and day

You're gonna see a lot of me
I'll be the spoon in your coffee

The knife that butters your bread

If I sound a little bit off it

That's because, because, because
you've gone to my head
If you're in China, I'll go to China

I'll never, never let you free

Both day and night and night and day

You're gonna see a lot of me

  • PERSONNEL
    Bobby Hackett, cl / Trummy Young, tb / Toots Mondello, Ted Buckner, as / Bud Freeman, Chu Berry, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Albert Casey, g / Milton Hinton, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, November 28, 1938.
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8281 Hello, My Darling

Hello, My Darling

Frank Loesser & Frederick Hollander
28th, November 1938
B23762-1


I'll forget your tender kiss

I'll be brave after this

I'll say hello my darling

It we should meet again

You'll forbid the tears to slip

You'll behave bite your lip

And say Hello my darling

If we should meet again

If we do meet again

Our moments can't be sweet again

Oh my love go my love

Though it's a bitter pill I know my love

Please remember not to sigh

Over this last goodbye

Just say hello my darling

If we should meet again

  • PERSONNEL
    Bobby Hackett, cl / Trummy Young, tb / Toots Mondello, Ted Buckner, as / Bud Freeman, Chu Berry, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Albert Casey, g / Milton Hinton, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, v. New York, November 28, 1938.
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8283 You're So Desirable

You're So Desirable

Ray Noble
28th, November 1938
B23760-1


You’re so desirable
I just can’t resist you
You’re so desirable
I have to give in
That firm resolve I made
Has vanished away now
I’m happy to say now
You win

You’re so adorable
The moment I saw you
It’s just deplorable
The fool that I’ve been
And yet I’m glad
You got my heart dear
Like a butterfly on a pin
You’re so desirable
I had to give in

  • PERSONNEL
    Bobby Hackett, cl / Trummy Young, tb / Toots Mondello, Ted Buckner, as / Bud Freeman, Chu Berry, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Albert Casey, g / Milton Hinton, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, November 28, 1938.
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8283 Let's Dream In The Moonlight

Let's Dream In The Moonlight

R. Walsh & Matty Malneck
28th, November 1938
B23763-2


Let's dream in the moonlight

Tell me that you love me

Tell the stars above me

What's in you heart
Let's dream in the moonlight

Say you're glad you found me

Put your arms around me

Before we part
Even though it's just pretending

And the night will soon be through

I can say I'm only lending

When I give my heart to you
Let's dream in the moonlight

Let's your lips touch mine

Though we're only dreaming

Tonight

  • PERSONNEL
    Bobby Hackett, cl / Trummy Young, tb / Toots Mondello, Ted Buckner, as / Bud Freeman, Chu Berry, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Albert Casey, g / Milton Hinton, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, November 28, 1938.
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8314 What Shall I Say?

What Shall I Say?

Peter Tinturin
30th, January 1939
B24044-1


What shall I say

When our neighbors want us to come to tea?

They don't know you're not with me

What shall I say?

What shall I say

When the phone rings and someone asks for you

They don't know I ask for you too

What shall I say?

How can I hide the tears inside

How can I face the crowd?

I can make lips of mine be still

But my heart sighs too loud

I could explain that

You're gone for only a week to shop

But after the week is up

What shall I say?

  • PERSONNEL
    Roy Eldridge, tp / Ernie Powell, cl, ts / Benny Carter, as, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Danny Barker, g / Milton Hinton, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, January 30, 1939.
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8314 It's Easy To Blame The Weather

It's Easy To Blame The Weather

Lyrics and music by Sammy Cahn & Saul Chaplin
30th, January 1939
B24045-1


Honestly I'm glad it's snowing

It helps to keep our friends from knowing

When they ask me why I'm sad

It's easy to blame the weather

It's funny how the blinding snow flakes

Are right in time to hide my heartaches

Let them ask me why I'm sad

It's easy to blame the weather

When I think of the sun

It scares me

My alibi will pass

And springtime I hear

Is early this year

They'll see through me like glass

I see no reason for this breakup

So let me be the first to make up

If a reason must be had

It's easy to blame the weather

  • PERSONNEL
    Roy Eldridge, tp / Ernie Powell, cl, ts / Benny Carter, as, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Danny Barker, g / Milton Hinton, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, January 30, 1939.
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8319 More Than You Know

More Than You Know

Lyrics : Edward Eliscu & Billy Rose
Music : Vincent Youmans
30th, January 1939
B24046-1


More than you know

More than you know

Man of my heart I love you so
Lately
I find you on my mind

More than you know
Whether you're right

Whether you're wrong

Man of my heart I'll string along

I need you so

More than you'll ever know

Loving you the way that I do

There's nothing I can do about it

Loving may be all you can give

But honey I can't live without it

Oh, how I'd sigh
How I'd cry

If you got tired and said good-bye

More than I'd show

More than you'll ever know

  • 1929年のミュージカル「Great Day」の挿入歌。
    Roy Eldridgeのソロ、美しいメロディに乗ってBillieはのびのびと恋する心情を唄う。
  • PERSONNEL
    Roy Eldridge, tp / Ernie Powell, cl, ts / Benny Carter, as, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Danny Barker, g / Milton Hinton, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, January 30, 1939.
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8319 Sugar (That Sugar Baby O' Mine)

Sugar

Sidney D. Mitchell & Maceo Pinkard
30th, January 1939
B24047-1


Sugar
I call my baby my sugar

I never maybe my sugar

That sugar baby of mine

He's special ration

Funny he never asks for my money

All I give him is honey

And that he can spend anytime

I'd make a million trips to his lips

If I were a bee

Because he's sweeter than chocolate candy to me

He's confectionary
Sugar I never cheat on my Sugar

'Cause I'm too sweet on my Sugar

That sugar baby of mine

  • 1926年の作品。
    Billieは比較的速いテンポの2ビートのチャールストン風で軽く流すように唄う。
    「cheat on」は隠れて浮気する。
  • PERSONNEL
    Roy Eldridge, tp / Ernie Powell, cl, ts / Benny Carter, as, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Danny Barker, g / Milton Hinton, b / Cozy Cole, ds / Billie Holiday, vc. New York, January 30, 1939.
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