Music for Torching (album)

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Music for Torching
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1955
RecordedAugust 23 & August 25, 1955
LabelClef (Verve Records)
ProducerNorman Granz
Billie Holiday chronology
Billie Holiday at JATP
Music for Torching
Velvet Mood

Music for Torching (MGC 669) is a studio album by jazz singer Billie Holiday, released in 1955 by Clef Records.[1] It is her first 12-inch LP of original material, after four 10 inch LPs for the same label.

The music was recorded over the course of two sessions in Los Angeles, two days apart, which also resulted in all the material for her follow-up album Velvet Mood (MGC 713).[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [3]

Track listing[edit]

A side
  1. "It Had to Be You" (Isham Jones, Gus Kahn) - 4:02
  2. "Come Rain or Come Shine" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) - 4:23
  3. "I Don't Want to Cry Anymore" (Victor Schertzinger) - 3:55
  4. "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You" (Victor Young, Ned Washington, Bing Crosby) - 4:29
B side
  1. "A Fine Romance" (Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields) - 3:35
  2. "Gone with the Wind" (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson) - 3:26
  3. "I Get a Kick Out of You" (Cole Porter) - 5:42
  4. "Isn't This a Lovely Day?" (Irving Berlin) - 4:16


Billie Holiday - Vocal
Harry "Sweets" Edison - Trumpet
Benny Carter - Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Rowles - Piano
Barney Kessel - Guitar
Larry Bunker - Drums
John Simmons - Bass


  1. ^ Music for Torching,, accessed Jan 4, 2016
  2. ^ Billie Holiday sessionography, the Jazz Discography Project, accessed Jan 4, 2016
  3. ^ Music for Torching at Allmusic