This transcription disc, dated 1952, has master recordings of Billie Holiday. Holiday sings “My Man”, “Lover Come Back To Me”, Stormy Weather and Yesterdays. Details of the recording process are heard with the technician listing takes, Holiday singing a retake of Stormy Weather, as well as making a note to herself before singing. The sound quality of the master recording disc is exceptional.
An instantaneous transcription disc, the label notes the Client as Norman Granz, the Artist as Billie Holiday, and the Date as 7/28/52. The record contains the master recordings of the songs "My Man," "Lover Come Back to Me," "Stormy Weather," and "Yesterdays."
Consists of: Instantaneous Transcription Disc (a) and Original Disc Sleeve (b).
2010.50.2a: Instantaneous transcription disc.
The recording on side 1 begins with a man listing the take of the first recording, "C 839 take 6." The first song on the recording is "My Man." As a man lists the take for the next song, "C 840 take 4," Billie Holiday can be heard making a quick note before she begins to sing "Just press off because [Inaudible]" She then sings "Lover Come Back to Me."
The recording on side 2 begins with a man listing the take "C 841 take 2." Billie Holiday begins singing "Stormy Weather," but the song is cut short after approximately 20 seconds. The take is re-listed as "C 841 take 3." Holiday then begins again with "Stormy Weather." The listing of the second song on the recording is distorted, but should be C 842 take 2. Holiday then sings "Yesterdays."
2010.50.2b: Original disc sleeve. audiodiscs / Audio Device Inc. / 444 Madison Avenue / New York, N.Y.
Teal twill wool long-sleeved mid-calf length dress worn by Diana Ross as Billie Holiday in the Paramount Pictures produced 1972 film "Lady Sings the Blues." The dress has a mock turtleneck and no waist seam, but center front and back seams. There are diagonal light green stripes of wool that angle in a point-up double chevron on the bodice and wrap around to the back. The dress closes at the center back from the neck to below the waist with eleven (11) self-covered teal buttons and self loops, and thirteen (13) hooks that attach to the loops. Additionally, there is one (1) black snap at the top of the neck and two (2) snaps at the bottom of the back closure. Thread-wrapped metal is sewn at the interior of the upper part of the shoulder seams to make the mock turtleneck stand out from the neck. The dress is not lined and is hand hemmed.
Light green wool twill cropped vest with fur-trimmed armholes worn by Diana Ross as Billie Holiday in the Paramount Pictures produced 1972 film "Lady Sings the Blues." The vest has an open shawl collar with pointed lapels. The proper right front crosses over the proper left front and snaps closed with green fabric covered snaps. There are four snaps, three along the proper right bottom edge and one at the point of the proper left side, and one hook along the bottom right edge that attaches to a thread loop on the left side. Two large teal covered fabric round buttons sewn on the proper right front are decorative. The vest ends at a point at the center back, and a weight is sewn between the facing and lining at this center back point. Brown fur is sewn around the arm openings. The vest is fully lined in light green silk satin. There is a panel of teal lining fabric at the arm openings and the fur trim is lined with black satin. All of the lining is hand sewn.
Light green wool twill hat lined in teal synthetic twill with a brown fur band worn by Diana Ross as Billie Holiday in the Paramount Pictures produced 1972 film "Lady Sings the Blues." The hat is sewn so that it tilts at an angle down to the proper right. There are three red thread X's sewn in the lining to mark the center front. The teal lining and fur are hand sewn to form the hat, though the light green wool is machine pieced.