Moanin' Low is a popular torch song. The music was written by Ralph Rainger; the lyrics by Howard Dietz. The song was published in 1929 and was introduced that same year in the musical revue The Little Show by Libby Holman becoming a hit and Holman's signature song. Since its publication, the song has become a popular jazz standard.
Billie Holiday recorded her version of the song in 1937.
Harry James recorded a version in 1951 (released in 1952) on Columbia 39678.
Barbra Streisand recorded her version of the song in 1975 in her album Lazy Afternoon, arranged and conducted by Rupert Holmes.
In the Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall film, Key Largo, Claire Trevor gave a memorable rendition of the song in a role that won her the 1948 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Annette Hanshaw's 1929 version was used in the animated film Sita Sings the Blues.
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