Trav'lin' Light (song)

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"Trav'lin' Light"
Travelin' Light Paul Whiteman 78.jpg
Single by Billie Holiday, Paul Whiteman
Released 1942
Format 78 rpm
Recorded 1942
Genre Jazz
Label Capitol Records
Songwriter(s) Johnny Mercer, Trummy Young, Jimmy Mundy
Billie Holiday, Paul Whiteman singles chronology
"God Bless the Child"
(1941)
"Trav'lin' Light"
(1942)
"Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)"
(1945)
"God Bless the Child"
(1941)
"Trav'lin' Light"
(1942)
"Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)"
(1945)

"Trav'lin' Light" is a 1942 song composed by Trummy Young and Jimmy Mundy with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. In 1942, with vocals by Billie Holiday, Paul Whiteman hit number one on the Harlem Hit Parade charts for three non consecutive weeks. The song also hit the pop charts at number 23 for one week.[1][2] The Paul Whiteman release lists Billie Holiday as "Lady Day".[3] The trombone is played by Skip Layton. The recording was also re-released as a V-Disc in October, 1944 by the U.S. War Department for shipment overseas for military personnel as 286A under the "Blues" category.[4]

Personnel[edit]

The song was recorded in Los Angeles on June 12, 1942 by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra. The personnel on the recording were: Monty Kelly, Larry Neill, Don Waddilove (tp), Skip Layton, Murray McEachern, Trummy Young (tb), Alvy West, Dan D’Andrea, Lennie Hartman, Lester Young (Reeds) Buddy Weed (p), Mike Pingitore (g), Artie Shapiro (b), Willie Rodriguez (d), Unknown string section, Billie Holiday (v), Jimmy Mundy (arr), and Paul Whiteman (conductor).[5]

Notable recordings[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Song artist 12 - Paul Whiteman.
  2. ^ Song artist 173 - Billie Holiday.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 622. 
  4. ^ 45worlds.com.
  5. ^ Songbook.
Preceded by
"Mr. Five by Five"
by Freddie Slack and His Orchestra with vocal by Ella Mae Morse

"Stormy Monday Blues"
by Earl Hines and His Orchestra with vocal refrain by Billy Eckstein

"When the Lights Go on Again (All Over the World)"
by Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra with vocal chorus by Trevor Bacon
The Billboard Harlem Hit Parade number-one single
(Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra version)

November 7, 1942 (one week)
November 21, 1942 (one week)
December 5, 1942 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Stormy Monday Blues"
by Earl Hines and His Orchestra with vocal refrain by Billy Eckstein

"When the Lights Go on Again (All Over the World)"
by Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra with vocal chorus by Trevor Bacon

"Mr. Five by Five"
by Freddie Slack and His Orchestra with vocal by Ella Mae Morse