“Love Me Or Leave Me” – Billie Holiday With Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra (1941)

Composed by Donaldson-Kahn. Okeh 6369-A; New York, August 7, 1941: Billie Holiday accompanied by Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra: Emmett Berry-t/Jimmy Hamilton-cl/Hymie Schertzer-as/Teddy Wilson-p/Albert Casey-g/John Williams-sb/J.C. Heard-d.

“Lady Day” gets the honors of being the first jazz vocalist highlighted on this blog.

It’s been said that what Holiday may have lacked in vocal range, she made up for with originality, phrasing and breadth of emotional expression.

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