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Billie Holiday — Crazy He Calls Me
Album: From the Original Decca Masters
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Total ratings: 1230









Released: 1947
Length: 3:01
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I say I'll move the mountains
And I'll move the mountains
If he wants them out of the way
Crazy he calls me
Sure, I'm crazy
Crazy in love, I say

I say I'll go through fire
And I'll go through fire
As he wants it, so it will be
Crazy he calls me
Sure, I'm crazy
Crazy in love, you see

Like the wind that shakes the bough
He moves me with a smile
The difficult I'll do right now
The impossible will take a little while
I say I'll care forever
And I mean forever
If I have to hold up the sky
Crazy he calls me
Sure, I'm crazy
Crazy in love am I
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Now, that's the stuff. She was an Ebony Goddess. Oh, my!
 lizardking wrote:

It's all about her phrasing and tempo, and boy what a fairly sad life she lived. This gets a 9 from me, Long Live RP!!

 
Yup. Holiday barely had a 2 octave range. It's all about how she staged each note and word. Just delight.
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
I'm sorry
I know it's blasphemy
but I don't get what people hear in her
 
It's all about her phrasing and tempo, and boy what a fairly sad life she lived. This gets a 9 from me, Long Live RP!!

I'm sorry
I know it's blasphemy
but I don't get what people hear in her
A favorite.  Love Miss Holiday.
Wait - this is NOT Willie Nelson?
7 out of 7 women in my studio did not know who this is!{#Doh}

They do now! ( shamefully, one even thought Billie Holiday was a man!!)
Wonderful song. I would take a few more of these old standards from Dinah Washington, Johnny Hartman, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, etc.
Ahh, nothing like relaxing to this song as you sit from a safe distance watching the Enclave duke it out with some Super Mutants before you sweep in and gather any gear that's left...

Wonderful way to start the work day. Thanks Bill.


Another example of why RP is so freaking awesome.
First time to hear this. but... oh my... 10 straight off. A beautiful start to a sunny day in Denmark
There's a good reason why this is always in the top 25 of any top 100 list of all time best jazz tunes. Billie RULED it.
 O    M   G
make my heart sing with her ~~ 
Still makes me tear up every-time I listen to her voice.
BEATIFUL{#Clap}
Forever 10..........
Fallout 3...LOL

This is threeeeeee dawg! Tellin' you the truth no matter how much it hurts. 
note to Comrade Barry and Fellow Travelers :

another abandonet Soviet town 43
I feel so sorry for those who do not understand that this number is such an EASY 10..... 
it feels good to listen to this song even when not playing the amazing Fallout 3
9 to 10 - Billie Holiday is like no other... Grinning too big now...
love it!
Makes me think of old, open houses with porches all around, open on a summer sunday afternoon. Music wafting through the air from an old radio... It's Lady Day. It's like nothing else. {#Bounce}
 Sobient wrote:
Fallout 3! {#High-five}
 
...shit, I LOST DOGMEAT!!!

this makes me wanna play fallout.
I'm sitting here with a grin and tears. Love Billie Hliday - she reminds me of a simpler time that will never come again. Yes, I escape to the past because I can't afford, nor do I want, any of those high-zoot toys people use to pretend their lives are okey-dokey.  Music works for me. And Billie Holiday is the best mood-booster of all.
 OscarHW wrote:
I love billie!
 
What a voice! Gotta love the lady...

Ahh, war.  War never changes...{#Cowboy}
Fallout 3! {#High-five}
I love billie!
 RobAnybody wrote:
... and I'm back in the wastelands of DC...
 


Definitely sounds like something from fallout!
Laidback music fom another era. Everything is possible on RP. Thank you Bill...{#Smile}
I always feel like I am hearing the smile in her voice.
Great song. Great vocalist. Thx for playing.
 xtalman wrote:

Pretty big change of pace from Zappa to Billie Holiday.

Not bad though.

 
That's what I like about RP! keep it up ;)

Billie Holiday: not much to touch that. 
 booster wrote:
this is what I was looking at when the song came on: https://englishrussia.com/?p=1542
 
Wow. What stunning images.  They say so much about the past and present there.

OMG!  It's Monday...let's pick it up Bill!  This is not helping the Monday work Blues!
this is what I was looking at when the song came on: https://englishrussia.com/?p=1542
wow -  where else would you get Uncle Frank followed by Billie??
... and I'm back in the wastelands of DC...
This is pretty much the only tempo of song that could follow Willie the Pimp.
Where is my hunny bunny?  I want to take a little spin around the dance floor, in a backless red dress.....
 Sobient wrote:
This song was used in Fallout 3, a post-nuclear roleplaying game. Very suitable for the setting.
 
The entire Fallout series opened the eyes of a new generation for the golden years.
Wich reminds me that we need some Ink Ipots on RP.
This reminds me of "Fallout 3".
The DJ (Three Dog) on "Galaxy News Radio" plays this song a lot.

Pretty big change of pace from Zappa to Billie Holiday.

Not bad though.


{#Clap}        I first heard this one when I was about 3 years old, courtesy of my father.  I was raised on classic jazz & big band music. That was circa 1950, folks. Still great, even thought she was technically 'before my time', her singing is timeless - she gives real meaning to the term "torch singer" in my book.  Without our forerunners there might not be any rock n' roll, eh? Of course, I did listen to a lot more than just jazz, but it sure was great as a steppin' off place for my ears & head. When my dad was in his teens he played piano, and he had a band. He used to tell me about driving to gigs in his model T.  Unfortunately there was no piano in our house when I grew up, but I did play the alto sax for many years.    Keep it up,  Bill !!!
This song was used in Fallout 3, a post-nuclear roleplaying game. Very suitable for the setting.
 sporkster wrote:
Perfect mellow tune for the cool, rainy weather today...
 
Agreed...just what we're having here too.  Love this tune.  10!

no comment  -  10.
When I hear this woman slide her way into my head with that smoothsmoothsmooth voice, I think I was born in the wrong era.
Perfect mellow tune for the cool, rainy weather today...
 Rotterdam wrote:
Hmmm. I gave this an 8 because B Holiday was so wonderful and sings this beautifully, but I think the accompaniment sounds corny. I wonder how it sounded at the time it was recorded. Did it seem appropriate for her voice and style? Anyone know - or care?
 
From what I understand, it was considered a big deal for her as a black female vocalist of the time because it was only when the studio took your career seriously enough that they granted you the orchestral accompaniment. It's all about the strings.

 Rotterdam wrote:
Hmmm. I gave this an 8 because B Holiday was so wonderful and sings this beautifully, but I think the accompaniment sounds corny. I wonder how it sounded at the time it was recorded. Did it seem appropriate for her voice and style? Anyone know - or care?

 
I think the opposite. For me the accompanyment is pure magic, same as Billies' voice.

Rotterdam wrote:
Hmmm. I gave this an 8 because B Holiday was so wonderful and sings this beautifully, but I think the accompaniment sounds corny. I wonder how it sounded at the time it was recorded. Did it seem appropriate for her voice and style? Anyone know - or care?
I care but I wasn't yet born so can't offer first hand experience but based on the time period, accompaniment was usually by "big" band and that's sound you'd hear. Sort of nightcluby. Wish I'd been there to appreciate it.
Hey! It's Madeleine Peyroux....oh wait...
Are we going to hear Patsy Cline next?
Amazing, always sounds like she's smiling as she sings.
Hmmm. I gave this an 8 because B Holiday was so wonderful and sings this beautifully, but I think the accompaniment sounds corny. I wonder how it sounded at the time it was recorded. Did it seem appropriate for her voice and style? Anyone know - or care?
C57BL6 wrote:
Are we gonna hear Ozzy next?
I was thinking Willie Nelson.
sugarbaby wrote:
what she does/did with her range is amazing. conveying such emotional depth...she runs rings around beyonce, fergie, janet...etc.
Who doesn't?
Nabla wrote:
Wouldn't fit it well with him: ... :ask:
Oh, now that's subtle.
kevin36 wrote:
Dinah Washington's homage to Billie doing this same song (a live recording) is also quite wonderful in it's own way. Check it out.
:yes: I has it!
Wouldn't fit it well with him: ... :ask:
Lovely song :hearteyes:
her voice makes my heart hurt,,,truly one of the best.
*squeals with delight*
meower215 wrote:
This is great, I love Billie, thanx! Any older stuff (1930's) with Lester Young, would be great! No strings, just be-bop JAZZ!
Also agree- the pre 41 stuff is far superior, even if the sound quality isn't as good due to the technical limitations of that time. The Decca Sessions were recorded from 1944 to 1950.
meower215 wrote:
This is great, I love Billie, thanx! Any older stuff (1930's) with Lester Young, would be great! No strings, just be-bop JAZZ!
Yeah, I agree. I have a version of her singing that song that is much starker and is my baby's favorite lullaby. She absolutely calms down when she hears it.
what she does/did with her range is amazing. conveying such emotional depth...she runs rings around beyonce, fergie, janet...etc.
amazing four song progression... perfect for 8:00 in the morning!
meydele wrote:
There can never be too much Billie.
Absolutely!! Same goes for Ella!
meydele wrote:
There can never be too much Billie.
Well this was too much for me anyway :puke:
C57BL6 wrote:
Are we gonna hear Ozzy next?
lol!
There can never be too much Billie.
A lot of talent on display here, and so smooth!
Doesn't get much better than this. Lovely!
i can never hear billy holiday now without thinking of david sedaris's impersonation of her...
janeanger wrote:
Paul Simon to Billie Holiday = GENIUS.
And classic, non-synth Billie, at that! Thanks, Bill, (and Billie)!
Are we gonna hear Ozzy next?
"The difficult Ill do right now The impossible will take a little while" I guess that's where the cheesey desk card placard saying comes from.
Paul Simon to Billie Holiday = GENIUS.
okobojicat wrote:
... Just because someone is significant doesn't mean you have to like them. I particularly don't like to listen to Bach. I still know he was pretty significant to musical history.
Whis is precisely why you would never consider giving a 1 to Bach. So this still makes the 1's given to Lady Day unbelievable and incomprehensible. (Not to mention reprehensible)
I love the fact that RP throws Billie into the mix. Cheers!
bobringer wrote:
Ok, so there are 10 people that gave this a 1. How do these people possibly care enough about music at all to even know to tune into Radio Paradise?? :think:
There are some very easily probabilities. They simply don't like jazz. They are annoyed at the tone that Billie puts out. Just because someone is significant doesn't mean you have to like them. I particularly don't like to listen to Bach. I still know he was pretty significant to musical history.
So perfect on Christmas Day, or any other time.
This is great, I love Billie, thanx! Any older stuff (1930's) with Lester Young, would be great! No strings, just be-bop JAZZ!
music_man wrote:
I don't think there is a particular RP genre. If anything, Bill continues to impress me with an ever-expanding body of music. Keep it coming!
Here Here!!! :cheers:
Shesdifferent wrote:
Great singer, great song for that time, but it doesn't fit into the RP genre.
I don't think there is a particular RP genre. If anything, Bill continues to impress me with an ever-expanding body of music. Keep it coming!
Dinah Washington's homage to Billie doing this same song (a live recording) is also quite wonderful in it's own way. Check it out.
liser wrote:
Love you, Bill - only here would Billie Holiday follow Tom Waits...
one of the worst voices of all time, why not follow that up with one of the best voices of all time?
Ok, so there are 10 people that gave this a 1. How do these people possibly care enough about music at all to even know to tune into Radio Paradise?? :think:
I've been waiting forever for RP to play a Billie Holiday song besides that "Speak Low" remix. Thank you, Bill for playing this. Billie Holiday, in my opinion, is the greatest singer ever. Her voice and her emotion is incomparable. To me all music begins and ends with her.
Love you, Bill - only here would Billie Holiday follow Tom Waits...
Beyond beautiful.
I absolutely LOVE that RP plays this stuff now and again. Thanks! :cheesygrin:
Today is the anniversary of her death I believe.
UltraNurd wrote:
There's a unified RP genre??
That was my point. :wink:
UltraNurd wrote:
There's a unified RP genre??
Of course, it's called "good music".
I missed it too. darnit. :'(
UltraNurd wrote:
There's a unified RP genre??
RP has a "genre" like Bruce Lee had a fighting style. Take it away, Bruce: "My style? I call it the art of fighting without fighting". Hop in the boat, UN, and we'll demonstrate the RP genre on that island over there.
I missed it...... Damn. Play it again.
UltraNurd wrote:
Huh... "hear her here" is one of the more interesting English minimal triples, now that I think about it. Three spellings, two pronunciations (in most English dialects)... plus the fact that other words with the same vowel + r spellings are pronounced differently (such as pear), or that there are other spellings that are pronounced similarly. Not sure why this just jumped out at me. Thought I'd share. Stupid Great Vowel Shift.
Yes indeed! "How would Chaucer say it?"
Govi wrote:
Glorious to hear her here! Sublime.
Huh... "hear her here" is one of the more interesting English minimal triples, now that I think about it. Three spellings, two pronunciations (in most English dialects)... plus the fact that other words with the same vowel + r spellings are pronounced differently (such as pear), or that there are other spellings that are pronounced similarly. Not sure why this just jumped out at me. Thought I'd share. Stupid Great Vowel Shift.
physicsgenius wrote:
Oh that ridiculous voice.
Oh, another ridiculous and risible physicsgenius "opinion" here. Why aren't I surprised that something I love attracts his negligible scorn? Billie is better and beyond all of this.
Glorious to hear her here! Sublime.
zipper wrote:
Wrong. Paradise wouldn't be paradise without Billie Holiday's voice. Somehow, I don't think you've yet figured out RP's genre.
There's a unified RP genre??
Oh that ridiculous voice.
Shesdifferent wrote:
Great singer, great song for that time, but it doesn't fit into the RP genre.
Wrong. Paradise wouldn't be paradise without Billie Holiday's voice. Somehow, I don't think you've yet figured out RP's genre.
Great singer, great song for that time, but it doesn't fit into the RP genre.
Oh, that voice.
ChicoCyclist wrote:
I suppose I have to rain on the lovefest, but this doesn't do a thing for me. Well, that's not entirely true, it causes me to hit the mute button.
I disagree with you in the strongest way, but you're allowed to say it. I love this, though. One of the great Jazz voices of the ages...
csnyder wrote:
This is one of the songs that one of the local Clear Channel stations plays two seconds of in their "we don't play crap like this" ads. :rolleyes:
That is too funny. But I guess it's really very sad.
MMM, nothing could sound better this morning. This is beyond classic, this has achieved timelessness. The emotion that Billie Holiday embodied in all her music has never been matched. What a beautiful song!
OOhhhhh....Billie, Billie,Billie..... :daisy.gif:
sans wrote:
I can't picture anything but David Sedaris.
ha. Thanks a lot! "My baloney has a first name..." :wink:
I can't picture anything but David Sedaris.
so smooth....
Now, THAT'S eclectic. Love it.
Sweet!