Lady Sings the Blues (song)

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"Lady Sings the Blues"
Lady Sings the Blues - single cover.jpg
Single by Billie Holiday
from the album Lady Sings the Blues
RecordedJuly 6, 1956, New York City, Fine Sound Studios
GenreBlues, jazz
LabelClef, Verve
Songwriter(s)Billie Holiday
Herbie Nichols

"Lady Sings the Blues" is a song written by jazz singer Billie Holiday, and jazz pianist Herbie Nichols.[1]

It is the title song to her 1956 album, released on Clef/Verve Records (MGC 721/Verve MV 2047).

The song was also chosen to be the title of the 1956 autobiography by Holiday and author William Dufty, and the 1972 movie starring Diana Ross as Holiday.

Recording session[edit]

Studio session #75 New York City, June 6, 1956, Tony Scott & His Orchestra (Verve), with Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Tony Scott on clarinet, Paul Quinichette on tenor saxophone, Wynton Kelly on piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Aaron Bell on bass, Lenny McBrowne on drums, and Billie Holiday on vocals.[2][3]

Notable cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ ASCAP: Lady Sings the Blues
  2. ^ Billie Holiday Songs Archived November 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Billie Holiday Discography".

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