Trav'lin' Light (song)

"Trav'lin' Light" is a 1942 song composed by Trummy Young and Jimmy Mundy with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. In 1942, with vocals by Billie Holiday, Paul Whiteman hit number one on the Harlem Hit Parade charts for three non consecutive weeks. The song also hit the pop charts at number 23 for one week.[1][2] The Paul Whiteman release lists Billie Holiday as "Lady Day".[3] The trombone is played by Skip Layton. The recording was also re-released as a V-Disc in October, 1944 by the U.S. War Department for shipment overseas for military personnel as 286A under the "Blues" category.[4]

"Trav'lin' Light"
Single by Billie Holiday, Paul Whiteman
Format78 rpm
LabelCapitol Records
Songwriter(s)Johnny Mercer, Trummy Young, Jimmy Mundy
Billie Holiday, Paul Whiteman singles chronology
"God Bless the Child"
"Trav'lin' Light"
"Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)"


The song was recorded in Los Angeles on June 12, 1942 by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra. The personnel on the recording were: Monty Kelly, Larry Neill, Don Waddilove (tp), Skip Layton, Murray McEachern, Trummy Young (tb), Alvy West, Dan D’Andrea, Lennie Hartman, Lester Young (Reeds) Buddy Weed (p), Mike Pingitore (g), Artie Shapiro (b), Willie Rodriguez (d), Unknown string section, Billie Holiday (v), Jimmy Mundy (arr), and Paul Whiteman (conductor).[5]

Notable recordings

See also


  1. Song artist 12 - Paul Whiteman.
  2. Song artist 173 - Billie Holiday.
  3. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 622.
  5. Songbook.
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