Billie Holiday

What A Little Moonlight Can Do

“What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” a song recorded at the beginning of her career, was written by Harry M. Woods. In 1934, Woods moved to London for three years where he worked for the British film studio Gaumont British, contributing material to several films, one of which was Road House (1934). The song was sung in the film by Violet Lorraine and included an introductory verse, not heard in the version later recorded by Billie Holiday, accompanied by Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, on July 2, 1935.

The song later reappeared on a 1954 album titled simply Billie Holiday, released on Clef Records, despite the fact that her final contemporaneous album also had the same name prior to it being changed to Last Recordings instead. The recordings took place in 1952 and 1954. Holiday never entered the recording studio in 1953.

In a 1954 review, Down Beat magazine praises the album, saying: “The set is an experience in mounting pleasure that can do anything but increase still further no matter how often the LP is replayed. As for comparing it with earlier Teddy Wilson-Billie sessions, what’s the point? Count your blessings in having both. Speaking of time, Billie’s beat and variations thereon never cease to be among the seven wonders of jazz.”

–Wikipedia
What A Little Moonlight Can Do

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LYRICS ::

Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do to you
You’re in love
Your heart’s fluttering all day long
You only stutter cause your poor tongue
Just will not utter the words
‘I love you’
Ooh, ooh, ooh
What a little moonlight can do
Wait a while
Till a little moonbeam comes peepin’ through
He’ll get bored
You can’t resist him
All you’ll say
When you have kissed him is
Ooh, ooh, ooh

What a little moonlight can do
Ooh, ooh, ooh