musicology #149

ladiesweek2 #3

(Billie Holiday – Georgia On My Mind)

no post yesterday so I’ll just have to try and make it up to you with this one.

along with Bessie Smith, (soon come), and Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday’s influence on the art of singing is second to none and was a major influence on all the singers that followed such as Dinah Washington and Aretha Franklin, (to name but 2)

this song written in 1930 by Stuart Gorrell for Hoagy Carmichael’s sister, (Georgia), was recorded at and for Columbia by Billie, (backed by the Eddie Heywood Orchestra), in 1941 and even though the ‘Brother Ray’ version is the one associated with the song for themusicologist it has always been the Billie that ‘takes the biscuit’.


2 thoughts on “musicology #149

  1. I’ve heard many people sing this song, on record,
    in pubs and family parties growing up, I think this one by the incomparable Billie Holiday is the best!…hers is the voice that I would have liked to have had.


  2. wonderful version of this classic; Holiday seems to make it more personal and the backing doesnt get in the way but compliments her sound.Charles went for a bigger sound I think (still great though).


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