The song of the day for Wednesday, April 22, 2015 is “Ill Wind (You’re Blowin’ Me No Good).”
About This Song
Today’s song was written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler in 1934 for their last show at the Cotton Club, where it was sung by Adelaide Hall. It was their last show at the Cotton Club. This song has been recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Kenton, Audra McDonald, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and Frank Sinatra.
About This Version
After two rather fun and upbeat songs, “Ill Wind” takes the listener to a relatively sad ballad, with the strings and piano supporting the song quite nicely.
“Ill Wind ,” as well as Tony Bennett On Holiday, is available from iTunes.
About Billie Holiday’s Version
Billie Holiday recorded “Ill Wind” on August 14, 1956 in Los Angeles. The recording (MX YBC2916-4) was released on Verve MGV 8329. The musicians were Jimmy Rowles (piano), Ben Webster (tenor sax), Harry “Sweets” Edison (trumpet), Barney Kessel (guitar), Joe Mondragon (bass) and Alvin Stoller (drums). This a very nice extended recording of the song with great solos from Webster and Edison.
“Ill Wind ,” as well as All Or Nothing At All, is available from iTunes.