Billie Holiday Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You Live Radio TV and Film Recordings 1934-1958

Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You: Live Radio TV and Film Recordings 1934-1958 is a comprehensive collection of live recordings by Billie Holiday.

For the sources of the 44 songs on the album, I’m grateful for the review on Amazon.com by Barry McCanna.

CD ONE
1: Oct 1934. Duke Ellington. Paramount Film Studios (soundtrack from “Symphony in Black”)
2 & 3: 30 June 1937. Count Basie. Savoy Ballroom, Harlem, NY. (broadcast)
4 – 6: 18 Jan 1944. Esquire All-American All-Stars. Met Opera House, NY
7: 3 June 1946. JATP Concert, Carnegie Hall, NY
8&9: late 1946. Louis Armstrong. Hal Roach Studios, Culver City, LA (soundtrack from “New Orleans”)
10: 13 Jan 1947. Arthur Godfrey Time, NY (CBS radio broadcast)
11&12: 27 Aug 1949. Eddie Condon Floor Show. NBC TV broadcast, NY
13: 24 May 1950. Apollo Theatre concert, NY.
14: August 1950. Count Basie. Film short, Hollywood.
15 – 17: 28 Oct 1951. Al Haig 4 + Stan Getz. Storyville Club, Copley Square Hotel, Boston. WMEX radio broadcast.
18 – 22: 28 Oct 1951. Buster Harding Trio. Venue etc. as above

CD TWO
1 – 4: 14 Nov 1952. Duke Ellington 25th Anniversary (2nd concert) Carnegie Hall, NY.
5 – 10: early Oct 1953. Carl Drinkard Trio. Venue etc. as 15 – 22 above.
11: 22 January 1954. ditto Jazz Club USA Concert, Cologne.
12: 6 May 1955. Count Basie. Carnegie Hall concert, NY.
13. 10 Feb 1956. Steve Allen Tonite. NBC TV broadcast, NY.
14: 27 May 1956. Martha Raye charity show. TV broadcast, NY.
15: 29 Aug 1956. Band Stand USA. Radio broadcast, Red Hill Inn, Pennsauken, NJ.
16 & 17: 27 Oct 1956. Carl Drinkard Trio. Olivia Davis Patio Lounge. Radio broadcast, Washington DC.
18: 9 Dec 1956. Percy Faith. Woolworth Jazz Hour. Radio broadcast, LA.
19 & 20: 10 July 1958. Art Ford Jazz Party. WNTA TV broadcast, Newark, NJ.
21 & 22: 17 July 1958. Rest as for 19 & 20.

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Songs On Billie Holiday Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You

CD 1

Saddest Tale (Aka Big City Blues) – 2:26
They Can’t Take That Away from Me – 3:15
Swing, Brother, Swing – 1:46
Do Nothin’ Till You Hear from Me – 3:31
I’ll Get By (As Long as I Have You) – 1:41
Billie’s Blues (I.E. I Love My Man) – 4:12
Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good to You? – 2:17
Farewell to Storyville – 4:18
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans – 1:46
The Man I Love – 2:51
Keeps on A-Rainin’ – 2:46
Lover Man – 2:46
You’re My Thrill – 3:33
God Bless the Child – 2:43
Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do – 2:19
Lover, Come Back to Me – 2:21
You’re Driving Me Crazy – 1:33
He’s Funny That Way – 3:07
Billie’s Blues (I.E. I Love My Man) – 3:29
Strange Fruit – 3:25
I Cover the Waterfront – 3:33
Miss Brown to You – 2:00

CD 2

My Man – 3:16
Fine and Mellow – 3:42
I Cover the Waterfront – 3:45
Lover, Come Back to Me – 1:50
Too Marvellous for Words – 2:14
(I Loves You) Porgy – 3:11
Them There Eyes – 1:58
Willow Weep for Me – 4:13
I Only Have Eyes for You – 2:12
You Go to My Head – 3:22
What a Little Moonlight Can Do – 2:50
Stormy Weather – 3:32
(I Don’t Stand) A Ghost of a Chance with You – 3:39
You’ve Changed – 3:27
Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone – 1:57
Nice Work If You Can Get It – 2:34
Don’t Explain – 2:41
You Better Go Now – 3:48
Foolin’ Myself – 2:28
Easy to Remember – 3:29
Moanin’ Low – 1:56
When Your Lover Has Gone – 2:01

Changing recording dates, venues and supporting bands means that inevitably the album doesn’t flow as a single concert recording would. Sound quality also varies.

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