Frank & Billie & Lester’s Mutual Admiration Society

In this episode, Bob Hecht explores some of the things that Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Lester Young had in common with one another musically.  In addition to each having made landmark contributions to jazz and popular music, three three giants were huge fans of each other’s artistry.


“Requiem” Lennie Tristano
“Shoe Shine Boy” Lester Young with Count Basie
“Bird of Paradise” Charlie Parker
“Me, Myself & I” Billie Holiday & Lester Young
“One for My Baby” Frank Sinatra
“Angel Eyes” Frank Sinatra
“Only the Lonely” Frank Sinatra
“Only the Lonely” Roy Orbison
“You Go to My Head” Billie Holiday
“You Go to My Head” Frank Sinatra
“There Is No Greater Love” Billie Holiday
“I’ll Never Be the Same” Billie Holiday & Lester Young
“The Man I Love” Lester Young
“Polka Dots & Moonbeams” Frank Sinatra
“Polka Dots & Moonbeams” Lester Young
“I’m a Fool To Want You” Billie Holiday
“Angel Eyes” Frank Sinatra
“Angel Eyes” Tommy Flanagan

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Published March 27th, 2019 by Bob Hecht

3 thoughts on “Frank & Billie & Lester’s Mutual Admiration Society”

  1. It escaped me for the longest time the connection of Sinatra and Prez and then one day it just hit me and I was so happy to see the connection. In James Kaplan’s biography of Sinatra, Kaplan writes that Sinatra did score for Billie but he could not get it to her because of the police at her hospital door. I also wonder if there any accounts of Lester and Blue Eyes spending any time together.

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