Universal / Verve

Billie Holiday ‎– Lady Sings the Blues


Universal / Verve

Billie Holiday ‎– Lady Sings the Blues


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A TAV Essential Listening Album.

"Lady Sings the Blues" is an album by American jazz vocalist Billie Holiday. It was Holiday's last album released on Clef Records; the following year, the label would be absorbed by Verve Records. Lady Sings the Blues was taken from sessions taped during 1954 and 1956. It was released simultaneously with her ghostwritten autobiography of the same name. – Wiki

“Taken from a pair of sessions taped during 1955-1956, Lady Sings the Blues finds Holiday in top form and backed by the sympathetic likes of tenor saxophonist Paul Quinichette, trumpeters Charlie Shavers and Harry Edison, pianist Wynton Kelly, and guitarists Kenny Burrell and Barney Kessel.

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 the June 1956 date, which produced unparalleled versions of "No Good Man," "Some Other Spring," and "Lady Sings the Blues." See why many fans prefer the "worn out" Holiday heard here to the more chipper singer featured on those classic Columbia records from the '30s.” – AllMusic


  • Vocals - Billie Holiday
  • Tenor Saxophone – Paul Quinichette
  • Alto Saxophone – Willie Smith
  • Trumpet – Charlie Shavers, Harry Edison
  • Piano – Bobby Tucker, Wynton Kelly
  • Guitar – Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrell
  • Clarinet – Anthony Sciacca
  • Double Bass – Aaron Bell, Red Callender
  • Drums – Chico Hamilton, Leonard Browne

Item description:


Billie Holiday


Lady Sings The Blues


Universal / Verve


Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 180 Gram



Release Date:

This reissue: 2013 | Original – 1956


Jazz, Blues


Female Vocals

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