The Complete Decca Recordings

The Complete Decca Recordings

by Billie Holiday


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Billie Holiday is heard at her absolute best on this attractive two-CD set. During her period on Decca, Lady Day was accompanied by strings (for the first time), large studio orchestras, and even background vocalists, so jazz solos from her sidemen are few. But her voice was at its strongest during the 1940s (even with her personal problems) and to hear all 50 of her Decca performances (including alternate takes and even some studio chatter) is a real joy. Among the high points of this essential set are her original versions of "Lover Man" (Holiday's biggest selling record), "Don't Explain," "Good Morning Heartache," "'Tain't Nobody's Business if I Do," "Now or Never," "Crazy He Calls Me," and remakes of "Them There Eyes" and "God Bless the Child."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/01/1991
Label: Verve
UPC: 0011105060127
catalogNumber: 601

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist,Vocals
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Richard Davis   Background Vocals
Tiny Grimes   Guitar
Bobby Hackett   Trumpet
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Specs Powell   Drums
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Barefield   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Cozy Cole   Drums
Bob Haggart   Bass
Horace Henderson   Piano
Klink   Alto Saxophone
Carl Kress   Guitar
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Johnny Mince   Alto Saxophone
Johnny Parker   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Joe Thomas   Tenor Saxophone
George Wettling   Drums
Bob Bain   Guitar
George Duvivier   Bass
Louis Armstrong   Vocals,Track Performer
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Tom Barney   Bass
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Denzil Best   Drums
Larry Binyon   Guitar,Tenor Saxophone
Wallace Bishop   Drums
Johnny Blowers   Drums
Dave Bowman   Piano
Mort Bullman   Trombone
Russ Case   Trumpet
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
Pete Clark   Alto Saxophone
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Shad Collins   Trumpet
Sid Cooper   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Lem Davis   Alto Saxophone
Bob Dorsey   Tenor Saxophone
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
Art Drelinger   Tenor Saxophone
Nick Fatool   Drums
David Frisina   Violin
Gordon Griffin   Trumpet
Joe Guy   Trumpet
Armand Karpoff   Viola
Leo Kruczek   Violin
Billy Kyle   Piano
Jack Lesberg   Bass
Kelly Martin   Drums
George Matthews   Trombone
Dave McRae   Baritone Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Sol Moore   Baritone Saxophone
Tony Mottola   Guitar
Loulie Jean Norman   Background Vocals
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Rudy Powell   Alto Saxophone
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Hank Ross   Strings,Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums
Jimmy Shirley   Guitar
John Simmons   Bass
Bill Stegmeyer   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bobby Tucker   Piano,Tenor Saxophone
Dick Vance   Trumpet
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Shadow Wilson   Drums
Milt Yaner   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Beverly Jenkins   Background Vocals
Paul Ricci   Guitar,Tenor Saxophone
Kurt Reher   Cello
Stanley Webb   Baritone Saxophone
Sammy Benskin   Piano
Tony Faso   Trumpet
John Fulton   Clarinet,Flute,Strings,Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Kaufman   Strings,Tenor Saxophone
Charlie LaVere   Piano
Maurice Perlmutter   Viola
Joe Quadri   Violin
Joe Springer   Piano
George Stevenson   Trombone
Stardusters   Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Dave Harris   Guitar
Billy Taylor   Bass
Dave Knight   Background Vocals
Morris Lefkowitz   Violin
Daniel Perry   Guitar
Rostelle Reese   Trumpet
Armand Camgros   Strings,Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Williams   Trumpet
Haig Stephens   Bass
Jack Cressey   Alto Saxophone
Dick "Dent" Eckles   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Fred Neff   Performing Ensemble
Pat Nizza   Tenor Saxophone
George Serloff   Violin
Freddy Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Art Drellinger   Tenor Saxophone
Charles Schroeder   Background Vocals
Freddie Williams   Tenor Saxophone
David Friscina   Violin
Dave Harris   Tenor Saxophone
Charles Jaffe   Violin
Frank Siefiels   Violin
John Levy   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Leonard Feather   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger,Director,Contributor
James P. Johnson   Composer
Bob Haggart   Arranger,Director
Sy Oliver   Arranger,Director
Tutti Camarata   Arranger,Director
Billie Holiday   Composer
Teddy Brannon   Arranger
Sonny Burke   Producer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Milt Gabler   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Irvin Graham   Composer
Porter Grainger   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Steve Lasker   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Cover Design
Andy McKaie   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
F.E. Miller   Composer
Doug Schwartz   Engineer
Carl Sigman   Composer
John Simmons   Director
Bill Stegmeyer   Director
Clarence Williams   Composer
John Fulton   Contributor
Vartan   Art Direction
Armand Camgros   Contributor
Buster Harding   Director
Ralph Blane   Composer
Curtis Lewis   Composer
Mark Matlock   Cover Design
Billy Moore   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Everett Robbins   Composer
Robert Prince   Composer
Bickley S. Reichmer   Composer
Robert Graham   Composer
Morton Krouse   Composer

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