Billie Holiday discography

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Billie Holiday discography
Billie Holiday, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Feb. 1947 (William P. Gottlieb 04251).jpg
Photo from Down Beat magazine, c. February 1947
Studio albums 12
Live albums 3
Compilation albums 24
Box sets 5

The discography of Billie Holiday consists of twelve studio albums, three live albums, twenty-four compilations, and five box sets.

Holiday recorded extensively for six labels: Columbia Records (on its subsidiary labels Brunswick Records, Vocalion Records, and OKeh Records), from 1933 through 1942; Commodore Records in 1939 and 1944; Decca Records from 1944 through 1950; briefly for Aladdin Records in 1951; Verve Records and its earlier imprint Clef Records, from 1952 through 1957; again for Columbia Records from 1957 to 1958 and MGM Records in 1959. Many of Holiday's recordings were released on 78-rpm records, before the advent of long-playing vinyl records, and only Clef, Verve, and Columbia issued Holiday albums during her lifetime that were not compilations of previously released material. Many compilations have been issued since her death, including comprehensive box sets and live recordings.[1][2]

Studio albums[edit]

Clef Records and Verve Records, 1952–1958[edit]

Year Album details
1952 Billie Holiday Sings
1953 An Evening with Billie Holiday
  • Released: 1953
  • Recorded: April 1, 1952; July 27, 1952
  • Label: Clef Records
  • Clef MGC 144 (10" LP)
  • Mercury 89028 (four 78-rpm records)
1954 Billie Holiday
  • Released: 1954
  • Recorded: April 1, 1952; April 14, 1954
  • Label: Clef Records
  • Clef MGC 161 (10" LP)
  • Mercury 89045 (four 78-rpm records)
1955 Music for Torching
  • Released: October 1955
  • Recorded: August 23 and 25, 1955
  • Label: Clef Records
  • Clef MGC 669 / Verve MV 2595
  • Format: LP
1956 Velvet Mood
  • Released: 1956
  • Recorded: August 23 and 25, 1955
  • Label: Clef Records
  • Clef MGC 713
  • Format: LP
Lady Sings the Blues
  • Released: 1956
  • Recorded: June 6 and 7, 1956; September 3, 1954
  • Label: Clef Records
  • Clef MGC 721, Verve MV 2047
  • Format: LP
1957 Body and Soul
  • Released: 1957
  • Recorded: January 3, 4, 7, and 9, 1957
  • Label: Verve Records
  • Verve MGV 8197
  • Format: LP
Songs for Distingué Lovers
  • Released: 1957
  • Recorded: January 3, 4, 7, and 8, 1957
  • Label: Verve Records
  • Verve MGV 8257, Verve 2352 085
  • Format: LP
1958 Stay with Me
  • Released: 1958[3]
  • Recorded: February 14, 1955
  • Label: Verve Records
  • Verve MGV 8302
  • Format: LP
All or Nothing at All
  • Released: 1958
  • Recorded: August 14 and 18, 1956; January 3, 7, and 8, 1957
  • Label: Verve Records
  • Verve MGV 8329
  • Format: LP

Columbia Records and MGM Records, 1958-1959[edit]

Year Album details
1958 Lady in Satin
  • Released: June 1958
  • Recorded: February 19–21, 1958
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Columbia CL 1157
  • Format: LP
1959 Last Recording
  • Released: July 1959
  • Recorded: March 3, 4, and 11, 1959
  • Label: MGM
  • MGM 3764
  • Format: LP

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
1954 Billie Holiday at JATP
  • Released: 1954
  • Recorded: February 12, 1945; June 3 and October 7, 1946
  • Label: Clef Records
  • Clef MGC 169 (10" LP)
  • Mercury 89053 (four 78-rpm records)
1957 Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday at Newport
  • Released: 1957
  • Recorded: July 4–6, 1957
  • Label: Verve Records
  • Verve MGV 8234
  • Format: LP
1961 The Essential Billie Holiday: Carnegie Hall Concert Recorded Live
  • Released: 1961[4]
  • Recorded: November 10, 1956
  • Label: Verve Records
  • Verve V6-8410
  • Format: LP
1962 Ladylove[5][6]
1964 A Rare Live Recording of Billie Holiday
  • Released: 1964
  • Recorded: October 28 and November 1, 1951, Storyville Club, Boston
  • Label: Recording Industries M2001
  • Format: LP
1971 Count Basie, At the Savoy Ballroom 1937[7]
  • Holiday sings two songs, with Basie's band
  • Released: 1971
  • Recorded: 1937
  • Label: SagaPan PAN 6903
  • Format: LP

Compilation albums[edit]

Most of Holiday's albums prior to 1952 were made up of material previously released as singles.

Year Title Label and number
1946 Billie Holiday (four 78-rpm records) Commodore CR-2
1946 Fancy Free (four 78-rpm records) Decca DA-406
1947 Teddy Wilson–Billie Holiday, Hot Jazz Classics (four 78-rpm records) Columbia C-61
1947 A Hot Jazz Classic Set, Vol. 1 (four 78-rpm records) Columbia-135
1947 Distinctive Song Stylings (four 78-rpm records) Decca A-652
1949 Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra Featuring Billie Holiday (10") Columbia CL-6040
1950 An Evening with Eddie Heywood and Billie Holiday (10") Commodore FL 30001
1950 Ella, Lena and Billie (10") Columbia CL 2531
1950 Billie Holiday Sings (10") Columbia CL 6129
1950 Billie Holiday Volume One (10") Commodore 20005
1950 Billie Holiday Volume Two (10") Commodore 20006
1951 Billie Holiday and Teddy Wilson (7") Columbia ESDF 1038
1951 Favorites (10") Columbia CL 6163
1951 Lover Man (10") Decca DL 5345
1954 Billie Holiday and Teddy Wilson Orchestras Columbia 33 S 1034
1954 Lady Day Columbia CL 637
1954 Billie Holiday Volume One Jolly Roger 5020
1954 Billie Holiday Volume Two Jolly Roger 5021
1954 Billie Holiday Volume Three Jolly Roger 5022
1955 A Collection of Classic Jazz Interpretations by Billie Holiday (10") Columbia B-1949
1956 A Recital by Billie Holiday Clef MGC 686
1956 Solitude Clef MGC 690 / Verve V6-8074
1956 Hall of Fame Series (7") Columbia B-2534
1956 Jazz Recital (partial reissue of Billie Holiday at JATP) Verve MGC 718
1956 The Lady Sings Decca DL 8215
1957 (released 1999) A Midsummer Night's Jazz at Stratford '57 Baldwin Street 308
1957 The Sound of Jazz (various artists) Columbia CL 1098
1957 The Unforgettable Lady Day Verve V 8338-2 2 LP
1958 The Blues Are Brewin' Decca DL 8701
1958 Lover Man Decca DL 8702
1958 Billie Holiday Commodore 30008
1958 (released 1986) At Monterey Blackhawk 50701
1959 Seven Ages of Jazz Metrojazz 1009
1970 Billie Holiday's Greatest Hits Columbia CL 2666

Box sets[edit]

Year Title Label and catalogue number Format and content
1985 Billie Holiday on Verve 1946–1959 Polydor Japan 00MJ 3480/9 10 LPs with 134 monaural tracks, including four previously unreleased takes
1992 The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945–1959 Verve 314 513 859-2 10 CDs, 256 tracks
2001 Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933–1944 Columbia/Legacy CXK 85470 10 CDs, 230 tracks
2005 The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes Verve B0004291-02 6 CDs, 100 tracks, recorded 1952–1959, 24-bit digital remastering, limited edition
2009 The Complete Commodore & Decca Masters Hip-O Select BC013146-02 3 CDs, 49 remastered tracks

Singles[edit]

[8]

Year Single Chart positions
US
Pop
US
R&B
1934 "Riffin' the Scotch" 6
1935 "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" 12
"Twenty-Four Hours a Day" 6
"If You Were Mine" 12
1936 "You Let Me Down" 18
"These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)" 5
"It's Like Reaching for the Moon" 17
"No Regrets" 9
"Summertime" 12
"A Fine Romance" 9
"Let's Call a Heart a Heart" 18
"The Way You Look Tonight" 3
"Who Loves You?" 4
"That's Life, I Guess" 20
"I Can't Give You Anything but Love (Dear)" 5
1937 "Pennies from Heaven" 3
"I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" 4
"Please Keep Me in Your Dreams" 13
"This Year's Kisses" 8
"Carelessly" 1
"How Could You" 12
"Moanin' Low" 11
"They Can't Take That Away from Me" 12
"Mean to Me" 7
"Easy Living" 15
"Yours & Mine" 16
"Me, Myself, and I" 11
"A Sailboat in the Moonlight" 10
"Getting Some Fun Out of Life" 10
"Trav'lin' All Alone" 18
"Nice Work If You Can Get It" 14
1938 "My Man" 12
"You Go to My Head" 20
"I'm Gonna Lock My Heart" 2
1939 "Strange Fruit" 16
1941 "God Bless the Child" 25
1942 "Trav'lin' Light" 23 1
1945 "Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)" 16 5

Compositions[edit]

Never recorded

  • 1939: "Lost at the Crossroads of Love"
  • 1940: "Say I'm Yours Again"
  • 1949: "Close Dem Eyes My Darlin'"
  • 1952: "Please Don't Do It in Here"
  • 1952: "You'd Do It Anyway"
  • 1955: "Preacher Boy"
  • 1957: "Left Alone"
  • 1957: "Who Needs You (Baby)"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Billie Holiday Long Play Discography Archived February 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. Billieholidaysongs.com. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
  2. ^ Billie Holiday. AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
  3. ^ Discogs. Retrieved 2014-10-08
  4. ^ Discogs. Retrieved 2014-10-08
  5. ^ Record notes, Billie Holiday: Ladylove (or Lady Love), United Artists Records, UAL 8073; notes by Leonard Feather and LeRoi Jones.
  6. ^ Billie Holiday – Ladylove, discogs.com. Accessed 29 December 2014
  7. ^ Count Basie, At the Savoy Ballroom 1937. Discogs.com. Accessed April 6, 2016.
  8. ^ Song artist 250 – Billie Holiday. Tsort.info. Retrieved on 2010-11-13.

References[edit]

  • Millar, Jack (1994). Fine and Mellow: A Discography of Billie Holiday. London: Billie Holiday Circle. ISBN 1-899161-00-7.