Judy Holliday - Trouble Is A Man





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Uploaded on Jan 9, 2010

Due to the success of her portrayal of Billie Dawn in "Born Yesterday," for which she won the 1950 Academy Award for Best Actress, Judy Holliday was forever type-cast as a dumb blonde in all her movie roles, this, despite the fact that she had an I.Q. of 172. She only made a few films, and during the last years of her life, she divided her time between recording and appearing on stage. Her last movie "Bells Are Ringing" (1960) was the film adapation of the stage play for which she won the 1957 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. During the last five years of her life, she battled breast cancer and finally succumbed to the disease on June 7, 1965 at the age of 43.

In 1958 at the age of 37, she recorded a solo album entitled "Trouble Is A Man." Though not a great singer, she proved herself to be a great stylist. A reviewer of the album remarked that there was more to singing than just hitting the right notes - there was also technique and style. Miss Holliday's performances of the various songs on the album proved that she had plenty of both.

An excellent site for learning more about Judy Holliday can be found here:

For the video treatment of this song, I've used stills featuring several of her leading men - Aldo Ray, William Holden, Jack Lemmon, and Dean Martin, as well as video clips from her last film, "Bells Are Ringing." Hope you like it...

(Words and music by Alec Wilder)

A woman gets all the blame
For everything that happens under the sun
But when it comes to being bad
A woman's not the only one

Trouble is a man
A man who loves me no more, no more
Trouble is a man
A man I'll always adore

Nothing good to say about him
Still I hate a day without him
Why should he have to be
The one?

My only trouble is a man
A man who's handsome and tall, so tall
Trouble is a man
Who never loved me at all

After all we planned, he didn't mean it
Now I understand, I should have seen it
Trouble is a man
Trouble is a man I love


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