Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)

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"Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)"
Song by Billie Holiday
B-side"That Ole Devil Called Love"
Released1945 (1945)
RecordedOctober 4, 1944 and November 8, 1944
GenreJazz, pop
Composer(s)Jimmy Davis
Lyricist(s)Ram Ramirez, James Sherman
Billie Holiday singles chronology
"Trav'lin' Light"
"Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)"
"Don't Explain"

"Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)" (often called simply "Lover Man") is a 1941 popular song written by Jimmy Davis, Roger ("Ram") Ramirez, and James Sherman. It is particularly associated with Billie Holiday, for whom it was written, and her version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1989.[1] Holiday's version reached No. 5 on the R&B chart and No. 16 on pop in 1945.[2] In July 1946, Charlie Parker recorded a rendition of "Lover Man" while he was intoxicated. Dial Records producer Ross Russell had to hold him up to the microphone during the recording.[3][4]


  1. ^ "GRAMMY Hall Of Fame". Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  2. ^ [1] Archived May 28, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Fordham, John (24 September 2009). "50 great moments in jazz: Charlie Parker teams up with Ross Russell". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  4. ^ Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. New York City: Oxford University Press. pp. 245–247. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.

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