Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)

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This article is about the song sung by Billie Holiday. For the Jimi Hendrix song, see Lover Man (Jimi Hendrix song).
"Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)"
Single by Billie Holiday
B-side "That Ole Devil Called Love"[1]
Released February 1945
Format 78 rpm
Recorded October 4, 1944 and November 8, 1944
Genre Jazz
Label Decca
Writer(s) Jimmy Davis, Roger ("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.[2] Holiday's version reached #5 on the R&B chart and #16 on pop in 1945.[3] In July 1946, Charlie Parker recorded a rendition of "Lover Man", considered by many to be one of his most passionate recordings, during which he was severely intoxicated.[4] Dial Records producer Ross Russell had to hold Parker up to the microphone during the recording.[4] Barbra Streisand recorded "Lover Man" for her 1967 album, Simply Streisand, with an arrangement by David Shire.[5] She also sang the song live during her 1994 concert tour.[6]



  1. ^ Discogs
  2. ^ "GRAMMY Hall Of Fame". Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived May 28, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b Fordham, John (24 September 2009). "50 great moments in jazz: Charlie Parker teams up with Ross Russell". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Barbra Streisand Archives | Simply Streisand (1967) | Album, CD, Remastered". Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  6. ^ "Barbra Streisand Archives | 1994 Concert Tour | Main Page". Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  7. ^ Video on YouTube

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