Who sang and recorded the song Holiday

God bless the child (Billie Holiday song) - God Bless the Child (Billie Holiday song)

1941 single from Billie Holiday

" God Bless the Child "is a song written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr. in 1939. It was first recorded by Billie Holiday on May 9, 1941, and was released by Okeh Records in 1942."

Holiday's version of the song won a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1976. She was also included in the list of the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts Songs of the Century recorded .

Billie Holiday admission sessions

Billie Holiday recorded the song three times.

First recording (Session # 44, Columbia / Okeh): 799 Seventh Avenue, New York City, May 9, 1941, Eddie Heywood and his orchestra with Roy Eldridge (trumpet), Jimmy Powell and Lester Boone (alto saxophone), Ernie Powell (trumpet ), Eddie Heywood (piano), Johan Robins (guitar), Paul Chapman (guitar), Grachan Moncur II (bass), Herbert Cowans (drums), Billie Holiday (vocals).

Second recording (session # 65, their last Decca session): Los Angeles, March 8, 1950, Gordon Jenkins and his orchestra (CD: Complete Decca Vol.2, tk 23 & 24) Dick 'Dent' Eckles (fl) ( ts) Charles LaVere (p) 'Bob' Bain (g) Lou Butterman (b) Nick Fatool (d) Billie Holiday (v) the choir of Gordon Jenkins + 4 strings

Third and final recording (Session # 76, Verve): New York City, June 7, 1956, Billie Holiday with Tony Scott & his orchestra (CD The Complete BH on Verve, Viol. 7 tk 5-8) Charlie Shavers (tp) Tony Scott (cl) Paul Quinichette (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Kennie Burrell (g) Aaron Bell (b) Lennie Mc Browne (d) Billie Holiday (v)

Origin and interpretation

In her autobiography Lady Sings pointed the blues Holiday points out that an argument with her mother over money led to the song. She explained that during the argument, her mother said, "God bless the child who has his own." Anger over the incident led her to use this line as a starting point for a song that she had worked out in collaboration with Herzog.

In his 1990 book Jazz singing , Will Friedwald describes the song as "sacred and profane" as the Bible refers to, while indicating that religion does not seem to have an effect in which people treat each other better.