Give Now

Night Lights Classic Jazz

For Lady: Early Tribute LPs to Billie Holiday

Anita O'DayAlthough there had been tribute LPs to other artists before Billie Holiday–Bix Beiderbecke and Fats Waller among them–the concept really took off in the two years before and after Holiday’s death in 1959, as six albums dedicated to the iconic singer were released. We’ll hear selections from little-known trumpeter Webster Young’s 1957 For Lady, as well as Anita O’Day’s Travlin’ Light, Johnny Griffin’s White Gardenia, Sam Cooke’s Tribute to the Lady, Carmen McRae’s Sings Loverman, and Mal Waldron’s Left Alone.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Detour Ahead
Johnny Griffin — White Gardenia (Riverside, 1961)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Travlin' Light
Anita O'Day — Comp. Anita O'Day Verve/Clef Sessions (Mosaic, 1961)

Notes: Originally from the album TRAVLIN' LIGHT.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
If the Moon Turns Green
Anita O'Day — Comp. Anita O'Day Verve/Clef Sessions (Mosaic, 1961)

Notes: Originally from the album TRAVLIN' LIGHT.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Remember
Anita O'Day — Comp. Anita O'Day Verve/Clef Sessions (Mosaic, 1961)

Notes: Originally from the album TRAVLIN' LIGHT.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
God Bless the Child
Webster Young — For Lady (Prestige, 1957)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Don't Explain
Webster Young — For Lady (Prestige, 1957)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
For Lady
Webster Young — For Lady (Prestige, 1957)

Notes: Break music.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Crazy She Calls Me
Sam Cooke — The Man Who Invented Soul (RCA, 1959)

Notes: Originally from the album TRIBUTE TO THE LADY.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Comes Love
Sam Cooke — The Man Who Invented Soul (RCA, 1959)

Notes: Originally from the album TRIBUTE TO THE LADY.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Gloomy Sunday
Johnny Griffin — White Gardenia (Riverside, 1961)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Good Morning Heartache
Johnny Griffin — White Gardenia (Riverside, 1961)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Lover Man
Carmen McRae — Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man and Other Billie Holiday Classics (Columbia/Legacy, 1961)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Strange Fruit
Carmen McRae — Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man and Other Billie Holiday Classics (Columbia/Legacy, 1961)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Left Alone
Mal Waldron/Jackie McLean — Left Alone (Bethlehem, 1959)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

View all posts by this author »

Stay Connected

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Night Lights Classic Jazz:

Support For Indiana Public Media From

About Night Lights

Search Night Lights

where to hear night lights

This Week On Afterglow

Duet: Doris Day and Andre Previn

Doris Day Andre Previn Duet

Doris Day is a celebrated American movie icon—but there’s much more to her legacy than PILLOW TALK.

Read more »

Afterglow is WFIU's weekly program of jazz and American popular song hosted by David Brent Johnson.

More from Afterglow »