4/6/15

Billie Holiday - Sings 2 songs from Shall We Dance (1937)

For the first century of her birth, here a re-up of this very old "single" (details below). Strange that her voice will never finish to haunt us until the end of our lives. Catch this first re-up here.

Sorry, I'm listening a lot to Billie Holiday these days, and mainly to the Columbia recordings she did during the thirties. All is not stunning, many songs are your usual "he broke my heart / he's my man" kind of, and the music is often stereotyped and not very relevant today. But there are some sessions during which the choice of songs or the instrumental are winners This is the case in this session recorded in New York with her own orchestra and not the sometimes tedious Teddy Wilson one, on April 1 1937. She covered 4 songs from 2 musicals, Shall we Dance with Fred Astaire and Cotton Club Parade. She succeeds in recreating these songs and make them hers, in particular the gorgeous and moving "They Can't Take That Away From Me" that I chose for the fake A-side of this single containing the 2 songs from Shall We Dance. Actually it's not really a fake one since the 78 rpm was really released. I've added the alternate take of "They Can't Take That Away From Me" as bonus track. I'll post the 2 other songs from this superb session (the following ones of the same year won't be so good for reasons I ignore) later on. Meanwhile, enjoy Billie when she was still a young singer full of hope.

They Can't Take That Away From Me. The way you wear your hat The way you sip your tea The memory of all that No, no they can't take that away from me The way your smile just beams The way you sing off key The way you haunt my dreams No, no they can't take that away from me We may never, never meet again On the bumpy road to love Still I'll always, always keep the memory of The way you hold your knife The way we danced till three The way you changed my life No, no they can't take that away from me No, they can't take that away from me We may never, never meet again On that bumpy road to love Still I'll always, always keep the memory of The way you hold your knife The way we danced till three The way you change my life No, no they can't take that away from me No, they can't take that away from me
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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

:'(

SuperDahu said...

ça me fait bien plaisir de trouver du Billie ici... je crois que si je devais garder qu'un seul disque de toute ma discothèque, il serait de Billie