Billie Holliday / Ray Ellis & His Orchestra – I’m a Fool To Want You (1958)

First track on the album Lady In Satin by Billie Holliday and Ray Ellis & His Orchestra , recorded 19–21 February 1958, released on Columbia same year.

This is the most controversial of all Billie Holiday records. Lady Day herself said that this session (which finds her accompanied by Ray Ellis´ string orchestra) was her personal favorite, and many listeners have found her emotional versions of such songs as “I’m a Fool to Want You,” “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” “Glad to Be Unhappy,” and particularly “You’ve Changed” to be quite touching. [source]

Billie Holiday – Vocal / Ray Ellis – Arranger, Conductor / George Ockner – Violin , concertmaster / David Soyer – Cello / Janet Putnam – Harp / Danny Bank – Flute / Phil Bodner – Flute / Romeo Penque – Flute / Mel Davis – Trumpet / J.J. Johnson – Trombone / Urbie Green – Trombone / Tom Mitchell – Trombone / Mal Waldron – Piano / Barry Galbraith – Guitar / Milt Hinton – Bass / Osie Johnson – Drums / Elise Bretton – Backing Vocals / Miriam Workman – Backing vocals



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