Lady Sings the Blues (soundtrack)

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For the Billie Holiday album, see Lady Sings the Blues (album).
Lady Sings the Blues
Soundtrack album by Diana Ross
Released October 1972
Recorded 1972
Genre R&B, vocal jazz
Length 57:10
Label Motown
M 758-D
Producer Gil Askey
Diana Ross chronology
Surrender
(1971)
Lady Sings the Blues
(1972)
Greatest Hits
(1972)
Singles from Lady Sings the Blues
  1. "Good Morning Heartache"/"God Bless the Child"
    Released: December 18, 1972

Lady Sings the Blues is the successful soundtrack to the Billie Holiday biopic of the same name, which starred Diana Ross in her screen debut in 1972. The album went on to be Ross' 4th #1 album, though the only one as a solo artist, on the U.S. Top 200 Billboard Albums Chart as a solo act, going to #2 on the U.S. Billboard R&B Album Chart, and #50 on the UK Albums Chart.

It was also the fourth best-selling R&B album and fifth best-selling Pop album of 1973.

It was critically acclaimed for Ross emulating Billie Holiday's voice while retaining her own individual sound. The soundtrack is also noted for being the only Motown album to have a special designed label to match the album cover on the vinyl release, rather than Motown's usual "Map of Detroit" design. This label design would also turn up on the single releases from the soundtrack.

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Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "The Arrest" – 0:15
  2. "Lady Sings the Blues" – 1:03
  3. "Baltimore Brothel" – 0:25
  4. "Billie Sneaks into Dean and Dean's/Swinging Uptown" – 0:49
  5. "'Taint Nobody's Bizness If I Do" – 1:06
  6. "Big Ben/C.C. Rider" – 1:06
  7. "All of Me" – 2:19
  8. "The Man I Love" – 2:27
  9. "Them There Eyes" – 1:03
  10. "Gardenias from Louis" – 2:03
  11. "Cafe Manhattan/Had You Been Around/Love Theme" – 2:03

Side two[edit]

  1. "Any Happy Home" – 0:37
  2. "I Cried for You" – 0:37
  3. "Billie and Harry/Don't Explain" – 0:37
  4. "Mean to Me" – 1:18
  5. "Fine and Mellow" – 0:45
  6. "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" – 2:09
  7. "Louis Visits Billie on Tour/Love Theme" – 0:45
  8. "Cafe Manhattan Party" – 1:37
  9. "Persuasion/'Taint Nobody's Bizness If I Do" – 3:48
  10. "Agent's Office" – 1:09
  11. "Our Love Is Here to Stay" – 2:01

Side three[edit]

  1. "Fine and Mellow" – 2:54
  2. "Lover Man" – 3:22
  3. "You've Changed" – 2:34
  4. "Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer)" – 2:06
  5. "Good Morning Heartache" – 2:21
  6. "All of Me" – 2:04

Side four[edit]

  1. "Love Theme" – 2:53
  2. "My Man" – 2:26
  3. "Don't Explain" – 2:10
  4. "I Cried for You" – 2:13
  5. "Strange Fruit" – 3:35
  6. "God Bless the Child" – 2:42
  7. "Closing Theme" – 1:08

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1973 U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard R&B Albums Chart 2
UK Albums Chart 50

See also[edit]

Preceded by
Dueling Banjos by Eric Weissberg
Billboard 200 number-one album
April 7 - April 20, 1973
Succeeded by
Billion Dollar Babies by Alice Cooper