The Record Collection

Billie Holiday: Stay with Me

Verve MG MG V-8302

Track list:

01 – I Wished On The Moon
02 – Ain’t Misbehavin’
03 – Everything Happens To Me
04 – Say It Isn’t So
05 – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
06 – Always
07 – Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me
+ Bonus Tracks (Verve CD -1991)
08 – How Deep Is The Ocean
09 – What A Little Moonlight Can Do
10 – I Cried For You
+ Bonus Tracks (Universe CD -2010)
11 – Lover, Come Back to Me
12 – P.S. I Love You
13 – Too Marvelous for Words
14 – Softly
15 – I Thought About You
16 – Willow Weep for Me


Billie Holiday – Vocals
Budd Johnson – Tenor Sax
Tony Scott – Clarinet
Charlie Shavers- Trumpet
Billy Bauer – Guitar
Herb Ellis – Guitar
Carl Drinkard – Piano
Oscar Peterson – Piano
Ray Brown – Bass
Leonard Gaskin – Bass
Cozy Cole – Drums
Ed Shaughnessy – Drums

Producer – Norman Granz
Liner Notes – Billie Holiday

Recorded April 14, 1954 and Feb. 14, 1955 in New York.

A ’91 re-issue from late in Billie Holiday’s career.

She was fading, but hadn’t lost the dramatic quality in her delivery, nor her ability to project and tell a shattering story.

She’s backed by trumpeter Charlie Shavers, pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Ed Shaughnessy.

The CD reissue has three bonus cuts.


Billie Holiday recorded extensively for four labels: Columbia Records, issued on its subsidiary labels Brunswick Records, Vocalion Records, and OKeh Records, from 1933 through 1942; Commodore Records in 1939 and 1944; Decca Records from 1944 through 1950; briefly for Aladdin Records in 1951; Verve Records and on its earlier imprint Clef Records; from 1952 through 1957, then again for Columbia Records from 1957 to 1958 and finally for MGM Records in 1959.

Many of Holiday’s recordings appeared on 78 rpm records prior to the long-playing vinyl record era, and only Clef, Verve, and Columbia issued Holiday albums during her lifetime that were not compilations of previously released material.

Many compilations have been issued since her death; as well as comprehensive box sets and live recordings.