The song of the day for Sunday, April 5, 2015 is “When A Woman Loves A Man.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “When A Woman Loves A Man.” was written in 1938 by Bernie Hanighen and Gordon Jenkins (music) and Johnny Mercer (lyrics). In addition to the recordings by Billie Holiday and Tony Bennett, it has also been recorded by Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald.
About This Version
“When A Woman Loves A Man” is the third song on Tony Bennett On Holiday. The arrangement features a strong piano performance from Ralph Sharon, with just the perfect strings, conducted and arranged by Jorge Calendrelli.
“When A Woman Loves A Man,” as well as Tony Bennett On Holiday, is available from iTunes.
About Billie Holiday’s Version
Billie Holiday recorded today’s song early in her career, on January 12, 1938. This recording features an excellent group of musicians: Buck Clayton (trumpet), Benny Morton (trumpet), Lester Young (tenor sax), Teddy Wilson (piano), Freddie Green (guitar), Walter Page (bass), and Jo Jones (drums). It doesn’t get much better than this.
“When A Woman Loves A Man,” is available on The Centennial Collection, available from iTunes. This collection is excellent and I recommend it highly for those interested in starting their exploration of Billie Holiday.