BILLIE HOLIDAY with TEDDY WILSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA:
Emmett Berry (tp), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Hymie Schertzer (as), Babe Russin (ts)
Teddy Wilson (p), Al Casey (g), John Williams (b), J.C. Heard (dr), Billie Holiday (vcl)
NYC, August 7, 1941
||I Cover The Waterfront
||Love Me Or Leave Me
||Gloomy Sunday *)
*) This song was banned by the British Broadcasting Corporation, marked: "THIS RECORD IS NOT TO BE BROADCAST".
(As was "God Bless the Child" in 1942.)
When the Hungarian song, "Szomor? Vasarnap", was introduced in 1936, some listeners did commit suicide. It reached the US in 1941
via Paul Robeson and then a best-selling record by Billie Holiday. Because of lines like "My heart and I have decided to end it all",
the song was banned by the BBC on grounds of "bad taste". The ban was still in force in 1964. Perhaps just as well as four years later,
its composer, Rezsoe Seres, killed himself by jumping from a hotel window.
(Spencer Leigh in his 'Fantastic Voyage FVTD018' 2009
album: "THIS RECORD IS NOT TO BE BROADCAST")