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On this day in music history: April 7, 1973 - “Lady Sings The Blues - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 2 weeks, also peaking at #2 on the R&B album chart on April 21, 1973. Produced by Gil Askey, it is recorded at Motown Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA from Late 1971 - Early 1972. The thirty five track double album serves as the soundtrack to the biopic about jazz vocal icon Billie Holiday, and stars Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor. The soundtrack incorporates Ross’ versions of Holiday’s best known songs along with clips of dialogue from the film. The album comes in a lavishly designed gatefold sleeve made to look like a vintage 78 RPM album, featuring still photos from the film inside the sleeve and an eight page booklet featuring more photos. The records themselves also feature specially designed custom labels (rather than standard Motown labels). The track “Good Morning Heartache” is released as a single and peaks at #34 on the Hot 100 and #20 on the R&B singles chart.