Who Needs You (Baby)

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"Who Needs You (Baby)"
Single by Billie Holiday
Recorded 1961 by Aretha Franklin
Genre Jazz
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Billie Holiday
Jeanne Burns

"Who Needs You (Baby)?" is a jazz song written by singer Billie Holiday, and composer Jeanne Burns and published by E.B. Marks. This is one of seven songs written by or co-written by Holiday that she never recorded.[1][2]

"Who Needs You" appears to have been written by Holiday as an answer to Louis McKay upon his leaving her during their marriage.[3]

The song was recorded, after Holiday's death, by Aretha Franklin for her first album for Columbia Records in 1961, titled "Aretha".


  1. Stuart Nicholson. Billie Holiday. Northeastern University Press. ISBN 1-55553-303-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Billie Holiday. THE BEST OF BILLIE HOLIDAY: Songs Recorded and Made Famous By Lady Day. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 0-7935-3687-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. John Chilton. Billie's Blues. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-80363-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


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