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Billie Holiday had one of the saddest stories in Jazz. Yet, she also left some
great records from her early years. I like the sides she recorded with Teddy Wilson playing piano, doing the musical arrangements, and organizing the personnel. She trusted Teddy Wilson, in a business where she trusted few others. On these records from the 1930’s, she attracted great musicians who played for Musician’s Union Scale Pay and played anonymously when they could command high salaries under their own names. Benny Goodman, who you hear in the early bars of the song on clarinet is one example.
The song posted here is What A Little Moonlight Can Do. It was recorded by Billie Holiday on July 2, 1935. The song was written by Harry Woods and first sung by Violet Lorraine in the British Movie, Road House, in 1934. Billie Holiday’s version made the charts and has been highly influential with vocalists over the years.