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Billie Holiday

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 03 November 2013

Though hailed as the pre-eminent jazz singer, Billie Holiday was also known for the tragic lifestyle that led to her early death in 1959. Geoffrey Smith picks his favourite recordings from a great and complex career.

Music Played

15 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    00:01

    Billie Holiday Miss Brown to You

    Performer: Billie Holiday, v; Teddy Wilson, p; Benny Goodman, cl; Roy Eldridge, t; Ben Webster, ts; John Trueheart, g; John Kirby, b; Cozy Cole, d. 2 July 1935.

    Composer: Robin, Whiting, Rainger

    The Legacy, Columbia/Legacy, C3K 47724. Tr. 4 (2.58)

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    00:05

    Billie Holiday Billie's Blues

    Performer: Billie Holiday, v; Bunny Berigan, t; Artie Shaw, cl; Joe Bushkin, p; Dick McDonough, g; Pete Peterson, b; Cozy Cole, d. 10 July 1936.

    Composer: Holiday

    The Legacy, Columbia/Legacy, C3K 47724 Tr.13 (2.37)

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    00:07

    Billie Holiday One, Two, Button Your Shoe

    Performer: Billie Holiday, v; Bunny Berigan, t; Irving Fazola, cl; Clyde Hart, p; Dick McDonough, g; Artie Bernstein, b; Cozy Cole, d, spoken. 29 September 1936.

    Composer: Johnston, Burke

    The Legacy, Columbia/Legacy, C3K 47724 TR. 16 (2.41)

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    00:11

    Billie Holiday This Year's Kisses

    Performer: Billie Holiday, v; Lester Young, ts; Teddy Wilson, p, ldr; Buck Clayton, t; Benny Goodman, cl; Freddy Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones. 25 January 1937.

    Composer: Berlin

    The Legacy, Columbia/Legacy, C3K 47726. Tr.1 (3.07)

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    00:15

    Billie Holiday Easy Living

    Performer: Billie Holiday, v; Buck Clayton, t; Buster Bailey, cl; Lester Young, ts; Teddy Wilson, p; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. 1 June 1937.

    Composer: Robin, Rainger

    The Legacy, Columbia/Legacy, C3K 47726. Tr. 13 (3.02)

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    00:18

    Billie Holiday Me, Myself and I

    Performer: Billie Holiday, v; Lester Young, ts; Ed Hall, cl; Jimmy Sherman, p; Buck Clayton, t; Freddy Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. 15 June 1937.

    Composer: Gordon, Roberts, Kaufman

    The Legacy, Columbia/Legacy, C3K 47726. Tr. 15 (2.35)

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    00:22

    Billie Holiday When You’re Smiling

    Performer: Billie Holiday, v; Lester Young, ts; Benny Morton, tb; Buck Clayton, t; Teddy Wilson, p; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. 6 January 1938.

    Composer: Shay, Goodwin, Fisher

    Integrale, Fremeaux & Associes, FA 154. Tr. 3 (2.50)

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    00:25

    Billie Holiday Back in Your Own Backyard

    Performer: Billie Holiday, v; Lester Young, ts; Benny Morton, tb; Buck Clayton, t; Teddy Wilson, p; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. 12 January 1938..

    Composer: Jolson, Rose, Dreyer

    Integrale, Fremeaux & Associes, FA 154. Tr. 11 (2.38)

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    00:28

    Billie Holiday The Man I Love

    Performer: Billie Holiday, v; Buck Clayton, Harry Edison, t; Earl Warren, Jack Washington, as; Lester Young, ts; Joe Sullivan, p; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. 13 December 1939.

    Composer: G & I Gershwin

    Lady Day, Columbia, COL 504722 2. D2, Tr. 8 (3.03)

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    00:32

    Billie Holiday All of Me

    Performer: Billie Holiday, v; Lester Young, ts; Shad Collins, t; Leslie Johnakins, Eddie Barefield, as; Eddie Heywood, p; John Collins, g; Ted Sturgis, b; Kenny Clarke, d. 21 March 1941.

    Composer: Simons, Marks

    Lady Day, Columbia, COL 504722 2. D2, TR. 18 (3.48)

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    00:36

    Billie Holiday Lover Man

    Performer: Billie Holiday, v; Russ Case, t; Jack Cressey, Hymie Schertzer, as; Larry Binyon, Paul Ricci, ts; Dave Bowman, p; Carl Kress, g; Haig Stephens, b; Johnny Blowers, d; six unknown strings. 4 October 1944.

    Composer: Davis, Ramierez, Sherman

    Ken Burns Jazz, Verve, 549 081-2. Tr. 13 (3.14)

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    00:40

    Billie Holiday I Can't Face the Music

    Performer: Billie Holiday, v; Paul Quinichette, ts; Joe Newman, t; Oscar Peterson, p; Barney Kessel, g; Ray Brown, b; J.C. Heard, d. 1952.

    Composer: Bloom, Koehler

    The Unforgettable Lady Day, Verve, MG V-8338-2. S3/6 (3.14)

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    00:43

    Billie Holiday What a Little Moonlight Can Do

    Performer: Billie Holiday, v; Oscar Peterson, p; Charlie Shavers, t; Ray Brown, b; Ed Shaughnessy, d. 1954.

    Composer: Woods

    The Unforgettable Lady Day, Verve, MG V-8338-2. S3/5 (3.11)

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    00:47

    Billie Holiday Fine and Mellow

    Performer: Billie Holiday, v; Ben Webster, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, ts; Doc Cheatham, Roy Eldridge , t; Gerry Mulligan, bs; Vic Dickenson, tb; Mal Waldron, p;. Performer: Danny Barker, g; Milt Hinton, b; Osie Johnson, d. 8 December 1957..

    Composer: Gabler, Holiday

    Ken Burns Jazz, Verve, 549 081-2. Tr. 18 (8.00)

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    00:56

    Billie Holiday For All We Know

    Performer: Billie Holiday, v; Mel Davis, Billie Butterfield, Bernie Glow, t; Urbie Green, tb; Gene Quill, as; Hank Jones, p; Barry Galbraith, g; Milt Hinton, b; Osie Johnson, d;. Performer: unknown string section, harp, choir; Ray Ellis, arr, cond. 19 February 1958.

    Composer: Lewis, Coots

    The Legacy, Columbia/Legacy, C3K 47727. Tr. 22 (2.52)

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