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    Billie Holiday with Nine ~ Fine and Mellow

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    Billie Holiday with Nine ~ "Fine and Mellow"
    Vintage Collection 1958-1961
    "Fine and Mellow" is a jazz standard written by Billie Holiday, who first recorded it on April 20, 1939 on the Commodore label. It is a blues lamenting the bad treatment of a woman at the hands of "my man".
    The song was famously performed by Billie Holiday in 1957 in a television special, The Sound of Jazz. The lineup included several jazz legends (the first six are listed in the order of their solos):
    Ben Webster – tenor saxophone
    Lester Young – tenor saxophone
    Vic Dickenson – trombone
    Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone
    Coleman Hawkins – tenor saxophone
    Roy Eldridge – trumpet
    Doc Cheatham – trumpet
    Danny Barker – guitar
    Milt Hinton – double bass
    Mal Waldron – piano
    Osie Johnson - drums
    It has been covered several times, sometimes with a change in lyrics or emphasis. For example Lou Rawls switched the gender to a girlfriend and Eva Cassidy sang it in a defiant tone. Notable cover versions were sung by Nina Simone (on the 1959 At Town Hall), Dee Dee Bridgewater on her Billie Holiday tribute album, and Ella Fitzgerald on her eponymous album.
    "Fine and Mellow"
    Single by Billie Holiday
    Released: 1939
    Recorded: April 20, 1939
    Written by Billie Holiday

    My man don't love me
    Treats me oh so mean
    My man he don't love me
    Treats me awfully
    He's the, lowest man
    That I've ever see

    He wears high trimmed pan
    Stripes are really yellow
    He wears high trimmed pan
    Stripes are really yellow

    But when he starts in to love me
    He's so fine and mellow

    Love will make you drink and gamble
    Make you stay out all night long repeat
    Love will make you drink and gamble
    Make you stay out all night long repeat

    Love will make you do things
    That you know is wrong

    But if you treat me right baby
    I’ll stay home everyday
    But if you treat me right baby
    I’ll stay home everyday

    But you're so mean to me baby
    I know you're gonna drive me away

    Love is just like the faucet
    It turns off and on
    Love is just like the faucet
    It turns off and on

    Sometimes when you think it's on baby
    It has turned off and gone

    © Commodore Records Ltd.