Songs for Distingué Lovers

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Songs for Distingué Lovers
BillieHoliday SongsForDistinguéLovers.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedJanuary 1957
GenreJazz, vocal jazz
ProducerNorman Granz
Billie Holiday chronology
Body and Soul
Songs for Distingué Lovers
Stay with Me

Songs for Distingué Lovers is an album by jazz singer Billie Holiday released in 1957 on Verve Records.[1] It was originally available in both mono, catalogue number MGV 8257, and stereo, catalog number MGVS 6021. It was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles from January 3 to January 9, 1957, and produced by Norman Granz.[2]


Granz and Holiday chose familiar items from the Great American Songbook of classic pop for the album, Holiday singing in the context comfortable for her, that of a small jazz band. The original album consisted of six standards, five of which by songwriters who would be categorically tackled by Ella Fitzgerald on her Songbooks series. The sessions reunited Holiday with trumpeter Harry Edison and saxophonist Ben Webster, both of whom the singer had worked with during the 1930 and 1940s, Edison as a member of the Count Basie Orchestra during her brief stay as the band's girl singer, and Webster from the recordings under her own name for Vocalion Records and Okeh Records.


Songs for Distingué Lovers was reissued by Verve Records on October 28, 1997, as part of its Master Edition series, remastering using 20-bit technology with six bonus tracks.[3] The extra tracks were all recorded at the same sessions, and taken from other Holiday albums of the late 1950s on Verve. "I Wished on the Moon" and "Love Is Here to Stay" were from MGV 8329, All or Nothing At All, and the other four from MGV 8197, Body and Soul.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one

  1. "Day In, Day Out" (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)  – 6:47
  2. "A Foggy Day" (Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin)  – 4:40
  3. "Stars Fell on Alabama" (Frank Perkins, Mitchell Parish)  – 4:28
  4. "One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
  5. "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off" (Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin)

Side two

  1. "Just One of Those Things" (Cole Porter)  – 5:31
  2. "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)  – 5:59
  3. "Comes Love" (Charles Tobias, Sam H. Stept)
  4. "Embraceable You" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
  5. "They Can't Take That Away From Me" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Bonus tracks 1997 reissue

  1. "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" (Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin)  – 3:23
  2. "I Wished on the Moon" (Dorothy Parker, Ralph Rainger)  – 3:25
  3. "They Can't Take That Away From Me" (Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin)  – 4:10
  4. "Body and Soul" (Johnny Green, Frank Eyton, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour)  – 6:22
  5. "Moonlight in Vermont" (Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn)  – 3:49
  6. "Love Is Here to Stay" (Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin)  – 3:41



  1. ^ Songs for Distingué Lovers,, accessed March 13, 2016
  2. ^ Billie Holiday Songs sessionography, 1957, accessed March 13, 2016
  3. ^ 1997 Verve Master Edition CD,, accessed March 13, 2016
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.