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Billie Holiday - Autumn In New York (Rare 78 RPM Take) Clef Records 1952

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Published on Jan 2, 2011

"Autumn in New York" is a jazz standard composed by Vernon Duke in 1934 for the Broadway musical Thumbs Up! which opened on December 27, 1934, performed by J. Harold Murray. Several versions of the song have been recorded over the years by numerous musicians and singers. Recorded in Los Angeles, Billie's sweet-and-sour rendition is resigned and expectant. You hear the pain and the joy at once. Billie recorded the song twice on the same date, once for the 10-inch LP and again, slightly slower, for the 78-rpm single. Best of all, Oscar Peterson is dazzling behind her. This is the best version from the Complete Billie Holiday on Verve (1945-1959).

Billie Holiday is buried in New York at St. Raymond's Cemetery in the northeast section of the Bronx.

Billie's accompanied by Oscar Peterson (p); Barney Kessel (f); Ray Brown (b); and J.C. Heard (d). Recorded in Los Angeles, April, 1952 (Clef Records)

Autumn in New York
Why does it seem so inviting?
Autumn in New York
It spells the thrill of first-nighting
Glittering crowds and shimmering clouds
In canyons of steel
They're making me feel
I'm home

It's autumn in New York
That brings the promise of new love
Autumn in New York
Is often mingled with pain
Dreamers with empty hands
May sigh for exotic lands
It's autumn in New York
It's good to live it again

Autumn in New York
The gleaming rooftops at sundown
Autumn in New York
It lifts you up when you're rundown
Jaded roués and gay divorcés
Who lunch at the Ritz
Will tell you that"It's divine !"

This autumn in New York
Transforms the slums into Mayfair
Autumn in New York
You'll need no castle in Spain
Lovers that bless the dark
On benches in Central Park
Greet Autumn in New York
It's good to live it again

  • Category

  • Song

  • Artist

    • Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra
  • Album

    • All Time Jazz: Billie Holiday, as Time Goes By, Vol. 1
  • Writers

    • Vernon Duke
  • Licensed to YouTube by

    • UMG, Zebralution (on behalf of Bella Musica Edition); Warner Chappell, CMRRA, UMPG Publishing, UBEM, ASCAP, and 6 Music Rights Societies

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