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Libby Holman, Ballads and Sinsongs

Billy Weeks 01 Apr 15 - 08:33 AM
GUEST,# 01 Apr 15 - 09:04 AM
Thomas Stern 01 Apr 15 - 06:17 PM
GUEST,Liam 14 Sep 15 - 05:30 AM
Dave Hanson 14 Sep 15 - 07:28 AM
GUEST,# 14 Sep 15 - 10:35 AM
dick greenhaus 14 Sep 15 - 01:24 PM
GUEST,# 14 Sep 15 - 01:31 PM
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Subject: Libby Holman, Ballads and Sinsongs
From: Billy Weeks
Date: 01 Apr 15 - 08:33 AM

Sorting through some old programmes, I found one for a Libby Holman concert at the old Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith in July 1952. She was accompanied by Gerald Cook, who wrote or arranged four of the songs (starred below).

She sang:

Good Morning Blues
Smokey
Baby Baby (blues)
Handsome Winsome Johnny (from Carolina)
Rolly Trudum
Barbara Allen
Cindy
In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down
For Sometime
Fare Thee Well
Careless Love
Riddle song
Can't go to Heaven
Johnny is Gone for a Soldier
*Sugar in the Can
* (arr) Tornado Blues
*Cabin
*Lonesome Fool
The Blues (Ellington)
Buked & Scorned (spiritual)
Number Twelve Train (blues)
Evil-hearted Me (holler)
House of the Rising Sun ('an impolite song')

My pencil notes show that she also sang:

Came Home Drunk
There Ain't no Sweet Man (that's worth the salt of my tears)
Can't Use it No More

Apart from the last three, the titles given above are just as printed. In most cases there are two or three lines of description.

I remember being quite impressed that a long-established torch singer should be able to deliver such pleasing versions (as I judged them to be) of these songs. Her presentation was dramatic, to suit a theatre ambience, but not excessively so. She was good.


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Subject: RE: Libby Holman, Ballads and Sinsongs
From: GUEST,#
Date: 01 Apr 15 - 09:04 AM

If you like Libby Holman, here's a site you might enjoy.

https://archive.org/details/LibbyHolmanCompleteCollection1927-1934

https://archive.org/details/LibbyHolmanCompleteCollection1927-1934


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Subject: RE: Libby Holman, Ballads and Sinsongs
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 01 Apr 15 - 06:17 PM

quintessential "torch" singer, and notorious personality.

She recorded an album with JOSH WHITE issued by DECCA in the 1940's,
and 2 LP albums with Gerald Cook in the early 50's, and much more.

DECCA Album 316         3-10" 78rpm
"Blues Till Dawn"
Libby Holman & Josh White
BABY BABY (Rainey)   [See see rider]
Fare thee well
Good mornin' blues
When the sun goes down
House of the risin' sun
Hansom' winsome Johnny; Old Smokey


MB 101 LIBBY HOLMAN SINGS                10"-LP 195x
ENSEMBLES conducted by GERALD COOK
notes by Tom Driberg
Produced by Marcus Blechman
Something to Remember You By(Dietz-Schwartz) from "Three's A Crowd"
Can't We Be Friends(James Swift) from "The Little Show"
Body and Soul(Heyman-Sour-Eyton-Green) from Three's A Crowd"
Moanin' Low(Dietz-Rainger) from "The Little Show"
More Than You Know(Rose-Eliscu-Youmans) from "Great Day"
Am I Blue?(Clarke-Akst)
Love For Sale(Cole Porter) from "The New Yorker"
There Ain't No Sweet Man Worth The Salt of My Tears(Fred Fisher)



MB 102                            LP 195x
Sings Blues, Ballads & Sin Songs
Libby Holman, vocals
GERALD COOK, piano
notes by Tom Driberg

Evil hearted me --
Fare thee well --
Ribbon bow --
Baby baby --
The blues from "Black, tan & beige" --
Red river --
Strange fruit --
Careless love --
Johnny has go far away --
Number twelve train --
I know where I'm going --
In the evening --
Take it away from here --
House of the rising sun.

much of the 2 MB albums were re-issued by EVERGREEN Records
EVERGREEN MRS-6501
THE LEGENDARY LIBBY HOLMAN

The Ballads & Blues:
Good Morning, Blues
In the Evenin'
Red River
Fare Thee Well
Evil Hearted Me
Easy Rider
House of the Rising Sun

The Torch Songs:
Body and Soul
Love For Sale
I Want A Man
Can't We Be Friends
A Ship Without a Sail
Moanin' Low
Something Too Remember You By

Best wishes, Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Libby Holman, Ballads and Sinsongs
From: GUEST,Liam
Date: 14 Sep 15 - 05:30 AM

Hi Billy

Fascinating information on the Libby Holman set list concert from London - especially the songs not listed in the programme.

Are you able to post a picture of the programme on here, or email one to me at liamjfdonnelly@me.com

I'd love to see the London programme.

Thanks

Liam


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Subject: RE: Libby Holman, Ballads and Sinsongs
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 14 Sep 15 - 07:28 AM

Ballads and ' sinsongs ' works for me.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Libby Holman, Ballads and Sinsongs
From: GUEST,#
Date: 14 Sep 15 - 10:35 AM

"(1954). Stage Play: Blues, Ballads, and Sin Songs. Concert/Special production. Bijou Theatre: 4 Oct 1954- 16 Oct 1954 (12 performances). A one-woman show (by Libby Holman). Piano accompaniment by Gerald Cook. Show toured in U.S. and Europe. Produced by Libby Holman [final Broadway credit]."

From the www.


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Subject: RE: Libby Holman, Ballads and Sinsongs
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 14 Sep 15 - 01:24 PM

She (along with JOsh Whitw) sang in the movie. Dreams that Money can Buy"


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Subject: RE: Libby Holman, Ballads and Sinsongs
From: GUEST,#
Date: 14 Sep 15 - 01:31 PM

The complete movie is on YouTube.


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