Billie Holiday: Come Rain Or Come Shine
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Billie Holiday (vocals)
Billie's Best (Verve 513 943)
Composed by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer.
Recorded: Los Angeles, August 25, 1955
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
I wonder if Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer were thinking of Billie Holiday when they wrote “Come Rain Or Come Shine”. It is a perfect fit for both her voice and her personality. In this recording, Billie’s voice is in very good shape and she seems very comfortable with the song. The sound of her voice provides all of the intensity the song needs, and there are no theatrics or mannerisms in the way. The tempo is relaxed and utterly perfect, Harry Edison and Benny Carter provide discreet obbligatos along the way, and Billie makes the song her own without making great changes to the melody. In fact, Billie repeats one of her melodic variations and it still works because she makes it sound like a natural outgrowth of the melody. Whatever Arlen and Mercer’s original inspiration, they could have hardly asked for a better interpreter of their song than Billie Holiday.
Reviewer: Thomas Cunniffe