DIANA ROSS - Lady Sings The Blues - Soundtrack (1972)
Still, both the film and the resulting soundtrack album were huge hits, and it's safe to say that they introduced Holliday's work to a new audience, clearly a good thing. LADY SINGS THE BLUES features Ross performing songs either associated with Holliday ("Good Morning Heartache"), or written by her ("Fine and Mellow"). There are also snippets of dialogue, and excerpts from Michel Legrand's evocative orchestral score. Diana Ross delivered a devastating portrayal of Billie Holliday in her film debut, although jazz purists were mixed on her singing. Some felt she captured the essence of Lady Day, if not the exact sound, while others were less charitable. *
Personnel includes: Diana Ross (vocals); John Collins (guitar, banjo); Plas Johnson, Marshall Royal, Ernie Watts (saxophone); Harry "Sweets" Edison, Albert Aamons (trumpet); George Bohanon (trombone); Gerald Wiggins (piano); Red Callender (bass); Earl Palmer (drums).
TRACKS: 01. The Arrest 02. Lady Sings The Blues 03. Baltimore Brothel 04. Billie Sneaks Into Dean & Dean's, Swingin' Uptown 05. Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do 06. Big Ben/C.C. Rider 07. All Of Me 08. The Man I Love 09. Them There Eyes 10. Gardenias From Louis 11. Cafe Manhattan/Had You Been Around, Love Theme 12. Any Happy Home 13. I Cried For You (Now It's Your Turn To Cry Over Me) 14. Billie & Harry, Don't Explain 15. Mean To Me 16. Fine And Mellow 17. What A Little Moonlight Can Do 18. Louis Visits Billie On Tour, Love Theme 19. Cafe Manhattan Party 20. Persuasion, T'ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do 21. Agent's Office 22. Love Is Here To Stay 23. Fine And Mellow 24. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) 25. You've Changed 26. Gimme A Pigfoot (And A Bottle Of Beer) 27. Good Morning Heartache 28. All Of Me 29. Love Theme 30. My Man (Mon Homme) 31. Don't Explain 32. I Cried For You (Now It's Your Turn To Cry Over Me) 33. Strange Fruit 34. God Bless The Child 35. Closing Theme
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