Don't Explain (song)

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"Don't Explain"
Single by Billie Holiday
B-side What Is This Thing Called Love?
Released 1946
Format 78 rpm
Recorded November 8, 1944
Genre Jazz
Length 2:53
Label Decca
Writer(s) Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog Jr.

"Don't Explain" is a song written by jazz singer Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr.[1]

Overview[edit]

It is said Billie wrote "Don't Explain" after her husband, Jimmy Monroe, came home one night with lipstick traces on his collar.

Lyrics from "Don't Explain" was sung by Carlo Marx (portrayed by actor Tom Sturridge) in the 2012 film adaptation by Walter Salles of the novel by Jack Kerouac, On the Road, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. [2]

Recording Session[edit]

Session #52: New York, November 8, 1944, Decca, Toots Camarata and His Orchestra, with Russ Case (trumpet), Hymie Schertzer, Jack Cressey (alto saxophone), Larry Binyon and Dave Harris (tenor saxophone), Dave Bowman (piano), Carl Kress (guitar), Haig Stephens (bass), George Wettling (drums), Billie Holiday (vocals), and six strings.[3]

Notable cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacobs, Dick & Harriet. Who Wrote That Song?, Writers Digest Books (1994), page 57 - ISBN 0-89879-639-3
  2. ^ Alagna, Magdalena. Billie Holiday, The Rosen Publishing Group (2003), page 61 - ISBN 0-8239-3640-6
  3. ^ Billie Holiday Songs
  4. ^ All Music: Don't Explain Artist List

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