What a Little Moonlight Can Do

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"What a Little Moonlight Can Do" is a popular song written by Harry M. Woods in 1934.[1] In 1934, Woods moved to London for three years where he worked for the British film studio Gaumont British, contributing material to several films, one of which was Road House (1934). The song was sung in the film by Violet Lorraine and included an introductory verse,[2] not heard in the version later recorded by Billie Holiday, accompanied by Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, on July 2, 1935.

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Peggy Lee covered it with a Nelson Riddle arrangement on her 1959 album Jump for Joy. Crystal Gayle included it on her 1980 album These Days. In 1992, Robert Palmer's Tin Pan Alley-themed album Ridin' High included a version backed by Clare Fischer's big band arrangement. Steve Tyrell recorded it in his 2001 album, Standard Time. Cassandra Wilson recorded it on her 2015 album, "Coming Forth By Day," an album that pays tribute to Billie Holiday by covering songs she wrote as well as made famous. The Hot Sardines has it on their debut album released in 2014[3] Dee Bell covered it with an Eddie Duran big band arrangement on their 1986 Concord Jazz album with Tom Harrell One by One.

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