WOMEN: Bad News

"Day in, day out

I'm worryin' about those blues.

Day out, day in

I'm worryin' about bad news.

I'm so afraid

My man I'm going to lose."

Moanin' Low was written especially for a lawyer's daughter from Cincinnati named Elsbeth Holman. Singing it in a throaty voice that could turn the male will to quivering aspic, Libby Holman captured Broadway when she was only 26. It was a strangely prophetic song.

At 27, Libby Holman became the wife of 20-year-old Zachary Smith Reynolds, moody, eccentric heir to $28 million of the Camel cigarette fortune. Seven months after the wedding, he was shot through the head at a...

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