The song of the day for Thursday, April 7,2022, is “Trav’lin’ Light.”
We close out our tribute to Billie Holiday, who was born on April 7, 1915. I think she really invented jazz singing.
About This Song
“Trav’lin’ Light” was written in 1942 by Trummy Young and Jimmy Mundy. When Paul Whiteman and his band arrived at Capitol Records’ studio for a recording session, Trummy Young brought along his girlfriend, Billie Holiday. Songwriter Johnny Mercer, one of the co-founders of the new label, discovered that Young had a newly written tune with him. Mercer quickly wrote lyrics for it and gave it a title so Holiday could record it with the band. The record label identified the singer as ‘Lady Day,’ Holiday’s nickname because she was under contract with another label.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Trav’lin’ Light” in 1996 for the album Tony Bennett On Holiday. The album won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance.
“Trav’lin’ Light,” as well as Tony Bennett On Holiday is available on Apple Music.
Here’s Billie’s version with The Paul Whiteman Orchestra. I love this recording so much.