Billie Holiday

Good Morning Heartache

“Good Morning Heartache” was written by Irene Higginbotham, Ervin Drake, and Dan Fisher. Originally recorded by Billie Holiday on January 22, 1946. Higginbotham (1918-1988) was also a concert pianist but is probably best known for this co-write.

While her closest connection in the popular music of the 1930s and 1940s was Holiday, the prolific songwriter was niece of the great African American jazz trombonist J.C. Higginbotham. She was a composer of almost 50 songs.

This song was revived by R&B/soul singer Diana Ross, when she portrayed Holliday in the biopic, Lady Sings the Blues, in 1972, starring with Billy Dee Williams. Released as a single later on that year to promote the movie, Ross brought jazz back to the pop and R&B audiences, sending it to numbers 20 and 34 on the R&B and Pop charts respectively.

Billie’s 1946 New York recording session included Bill Stegmeyer and his Orchestra (Decca Session #54): with Gordon ‘Chris’ Griffin (trumpet), Joe Guy (trumpet) Bill Stegmeyer (alto saxophone), Hank Ross (tenor saxophone), Bernie Kaufman (tenor saxophone), Armand Camgros (tenor saxophone), Joe Springer (piano), Tiny Grimes (guitar), John Simmons (bass), Sidney Catlett (drums), Billie Holiday (vocal) + 4 unknown string players.

– Wikipedia

Good Morning Heartache

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LYRICS ::

Good morning heartache you old gloomy sight
Good morning heartache thought we said goodbye last night
I turned and tossed ’til it seemed you had gone
But here you are with the dawn

Wish I’d forget you, but you’re here to stay
It seems I met you when my love went away
Now everyday I start by saying to you
Good Morning heartache, what’s new?

Stop haunting me now
Can’t shake you nohow, just leave me alone
I’ve got those Monday blues straight through Sunday blues

Good morning heartache here we go again
Good morning heartache you’re the one who knew me when
Might as well get used to you hanging around
Good morning heartache sit down

Stop haunting me now
Can’t shake you nohow just leave me alone
I’ve got those Monday blues straight through Sunday blues

Good morning heartache here we go again
Good morning heartache you’re the one who knew me when
Might as well get used to you hanging around
Good morning heartache sit down