Lady Sings the Blues (soundtrack)

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Lady Sings the Blues
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Soundtrack album by
ReleasedOctober 1972
Recorded1972; MoWest Studios, Los Angeles, California; Glen Glenn Sound, Hollywood, California
GenreR&B, vocal jazz
Length57:10
LabelMotown
M 758-D
ProducerGil 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 soundtrack to the Billie Holiday biopic of the same name, which starred Diana Ross in her screen debut in 1972. The album became Ross' 4th #1 album (eventually selling over 2,000,000 US copies),[1] 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 certified gold on the UK for sales of over 100,000 copies.[2] It was also the fourth best-selling R&B album and fifth best-selling Pop album of 1973.

Music writers said Ross emulated Billie Holiday's voice while retaining her own individual sound. This soundtrack album was 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.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars link
Christgau's Record GuideB+[3]

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

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

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

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.greasylake.org/the-circuit/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F116321-the-supremes-diana-ross-stevie-wonder-and-ray-charlesusa-album-sales%2F
  2. ^ "UK Certified Awards Search > Diana Ross". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2012-02-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ "British album certifications – Diana Ross – Lady Sings The Blues". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Lady Sings The Blues in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.