Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey by Ella Fitzgerald, 1962
Song of the Week #009
Originally titled as "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?" this popular song published in 1902 is commonly referred to as just simply "Bill Bailey". Its words and music were written by Hughie Cannon (1877–1912), an American songwriter and pianist. It is still a standard with dixieland and traditional jazz bands.
This version was recorded by Ella Fitzgerald (1917–1996), an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.