Summertime, part 4: Holiday and others
City Nights-City Lights, Patt Dalbey
Typing day and night's taken it's toll. I've got some nasty tendonitis in my right wrist, so words are limited for the next few days.
Summertime - Billie Holiday
Holiday recorded this in New York in July 1936. So it's the young Billie's voice that I always prefer--sultry and yearning and girlish--and she swings it about like a sparkling beaded handbag. The band's (including Artie Shaw on clarinet) martial rat-ta-tat beat and New Orleans-flavored horns give this "Summertime" a hurried street parade feel or play to a decadent afternoon tea dance of wilted flowers, damp limbs and furtive cocaine sniffing.
Other favorite versions:
Summertime - Sam Cooke
Summertime - Janis Joplin
Summertime - Pete Seeger
Summertime - Miles Davis
From: Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964, Sam Cooke (US, UK); The Essential Janis Joplin (US, UK); American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 5, Pete Seeger (iTunes); The Columbia Years, 1955-1985, Miles Davis (US, UK).
See also Summertime, parts 1, 2, & 3.