On this day in 1941, Billie Holiday records God Bless The Child

On this day in 1941, Billie Holiday records God Bless The Child with trumpeter Roy Eldridge. Holiday’s version of the song was honored with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1976. It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts In her autobiography Lady Sings the Blues. Holiday indicated an argument with her mother over money led to the song. She indicated that during the argument she said the line “God bless the child that’s got his own.” The anger over the incident led her to turn that line into a starting point for a song, which she worked out in conjunction with co-writer Arthur Herzog, Jr.