Billie Holiday

Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)

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One of Cole Porters' signature songs, "Let's Do It" has been recorded by dozens of artists, ranging from Dean Martin all the way to Julie Driscoll. Yet this version by Billie Holiday may be the finest of all. The playful sexuality of the lyrics (which, of course, underline the fact that every living creature falls in love) are taken to it's zenith by Holiday, who always could take a seductive lyric and amplify the quality tenfold. This version finds Holiday performing once again with Eddie Heywood and His Orchestra, which reunited her with the great Lester Young, who's tenor saxophone solo is loaded with whimsy and musical witticism. Available on Columbia/Legacy's two-CD collection Lady Day: The Best of Billie Holiday, as well as the epic ten-CD box Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
God Bless the Child [Columbia] 1990 Laserlight 0:00
Billie Holiday: The Legacy Box 1933-1958 1991 Columbia
The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 9 (1940-1942) 1991 Columbia / Legacy 2:55
American Songbook Series: Cole Porter 1992
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2:56
Jazz Portrait 1995 TriStar Music 2:55
Love Songs [Columbia Portrait Cover] 1996 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 2:55
1940-1942 1996 Classics 2:55
Her Best Recordings: 1935-1942 1996 Best of Jazz 2:58
Love Me or Leave Me 1996 Hallmark Recordings 2:56
Billie Holiday: Triple Gold 1997 Start 2:59
The Classic Decade 1935-1945 1998 Prism Platinum 2:47
Selection of Billie Holiday 1998 Golden Sounds 2:58
Portrait of Billie Holiday 1998 Mci / Gallerie 2:58
Platinum Collection: Cole Porter Song Book 1998 Start 2:58
Best of Billie Holiday: 1935-1948 1999 Body & Soul 2:58
Swing [Ultimate] 1999
Various Artists
The Ultimate Music Collection 2:55
The Swing Years [New Jazz Language] 1999
Various Artists
New Jazz Language 2:55
The Great Billie Holiday [Red X] 2000 Red X 2:57
A Fine Romance, Vol. 2 2000 Definitive 2:56
Lady Is a Tramp 2000
Various Artists
Our World 2:55
Sings the Great American Songbook 2001 Jazz Factory 2:58
Lady Day: The Best of Billie Holiday 2001 Columbia / Legacy 2:56
Lady Day, Vol. 3 2001 Magnum 2:56
The Lady Sings [Proper] 2001 Proper Sales & Dist. / United States of Distribution 2:57
God Bless the Child [Proper] 2001 Proper Sales & Dist. 2:57
Great Lady Day 2002 Import 2:57
The First Ladies of Swing 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:58
The Incomparable, Vol. 5 2002 Acrobat Music 2:46
Lady Sings the Blues [Past Perfect] 2002 International Music 2:58
Crooners and Divas [Box] 2003
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 2:57
Crooners & Divas [Disc 7] 2003
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 2:57
Good Morning Blues: The Complete Columbia Recordings (1933-1950) 2004 Universe 2:57
Jeepers Creepers: The Ultimate Lady Day Best Songs 2004 Birdland 2:57
The Sensitive Billie Holiday 1940-1949 2005 Storyville 2:57
Away from Base 2005 JSP 2:56
49 Original Recordings 2005 Prism Platinum 2:47
Classic Memories, Vol. 2 2005
Various Artists
Pazzazz 2:57
All of Me [International Music] International Music 2:58