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Lady in Satin Billie Holiday & Ray Ellis - Violets For Your Furs (Columbia Records 1958)

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Published on Nov 11, 2011

"Violets for Your Furs" is a 1941 song written by Tom Adair and Matt Dennis. The song describes the wearing of Violets with Furs on an evening in Manhattan. Lady in Satin is an album by jazz singer Billie Holiday released in 1958 on Columbia Records, catalogue CL 1157 in mono and CS 8048 in stereo. It is the next to final album completed by the singer and released in her lifetime (her final album, Billie Holiday, being recorded in March 1959 and released just after her death). The original album was produced by Irving Townsend, and engineered by Fred Plaut. Unlike the bulk of Holiday's recordings, rather than in the setting of a jazz combo Holiday returns to the backdrop of full orchestral arrangements as done during her Decca years. The album consists of songs Holiday had never recorded before. The arrangements were by bandleader Ray Ellis. Soloists on the album included Mel Davis, Urbie Green, and bebop trombone pioneer J.J. Johnson.

Billie's accompanied by Urbie Green, J.J. Johnson, Tom Mitchell (trombone) Phil Bodner, Tom Parsley, Romeo Penque, Ed Powell (reeds) Janet Putman (harp) Bradley Spinney (xylophone) Mal Waldron (piano) Barry Galbraith (guitar) Milt Hinton (bass) Don Lamond (drums), Ray Ellies (arranger, conductor) unidentified strings, harp, vocal choir. Recorded February 20, 1958, New York. (Columbia Records)

You bought me violets for my furs
And it was spring for a while, remember?
You bought me violets for my furs
And there was April in that December

The snow drifted on the flowers and melted where it lay
The snow looked like dew on the blossoms
As on a Summer day

You bought me violets for my furs
And there was blue in the wintry sky
You pinned the violets to my furs
And gave a lift to the crowds passing by

You smiled at me so sweetly
Since then one thought occurs
That we fell in love completely
The day you bought me violets for my furs

You smiled at me so sweetly
Since then one thought occurs
That we fell in love completely
The day you bought me violets for my furs

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