Billie Holiday
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1915-04-07
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Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday Biography (BBC)

Few singers in jazz history had the ability to inject as much emotion into a song as Billie Holiday. From her subtle changes in the melody and timing of a piece to her ability to inject sorrow, heartache, and also joy and enthusiasm into a lyric, she brought a unique, personal interpretation to dozens of songs.

She also co-wrote some numbers, including Fine and Mellow and God Bless the Child, and she made headlines singing Strange Fruit, a protest song about a Southern lynching. One reason she was capable of such intense experession in her singing was the sorrow and hardship of her own life.

Growing up on the poverty line in a single parent family, she had experienced abuse and prostitution by her mid-teens. At eighteen she was singing in New York, when entrepreneur John Hammond encouraged her to record with Benny Goodman. She went on to make dozens of small band discs, the majority with pianist Teddy Wilson, which are small miracles of the swing era.

She sang at Barney Josephson's Cafe Society club in Greenwich Village, and specialised in haunting ballads. Although she fronted both Count Basie's and Artis Shaw's big bands for short period, she was at her best with just a rhythm section. From the early 1940s her life was a constant battle with drug addiction, plus a series of tempestuous relationships with her husbands or long-term male partners.

By the 1950s, her voice could sound careworn and world-weary, but she maintained the ability to project raw emotion, right up to the end of her short life. Musically, she formed a particularly successful partnership with tenorist Lester Young and their recordings together show the strong empathy between them.

Billie Holiday Biography (Wikipedia)

Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills, which made up for her limited range and lack of formal music education. There were other jazz singers with equal talent, but Holiday had a voice that captured the attention of her audience.

After a turbulent childhood, Holiday began singing in nightclubs in Harlem, where she was heard by the producer John Hammond, who commended her voice. She signed a recording contract with Brunswick Records in 1935. Collaborations with Teddy Wilson yielded the hit "What a Little Moonlight Can Do", which became a jazz standard. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Holiday had mainstream success on labels such as Columbia Records and Decca Records. By the late 1940s, however, she was beset with legal troubles and drug abuse. After a short prison sentence, she performed a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall, but her reputation deteriorated because of her drug and alcohol problems.

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Violets For Your Furs
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Violets For Your Furs
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Saddest Tale
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Saddest Tale
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Lover Man
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Lover Man
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They Can't Take That Away From Me
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They Can't Take That Away From Me
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Our Love Is Here To Stay
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Our Love Is Here To Stay
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What A Little Moonight Can Do
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What A Little Moonight Can Do
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Ghost Of A Chance
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Ghost Of A Chance
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Don't Explain
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Don't Explain
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Good Morning Heartache
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Good Morning Heartache
Count Basie
They Can't Take That Away From Me
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They Can't Take That Away From Me
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Don't Worry 'Bout Me
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Don't Worry 'Bout Me
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I Must Have That Man
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I Must Have That Man
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April in Paris
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April in Paris
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This Year’s Kisses
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This Year’s Kisses
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Strange Fruit
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Strange Fruit
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All of Me
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All of Me
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I'm A Fool To Want You
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I'm A Fool To Want You
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That Ole Devil Called Love
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That Ole Devil Called Love
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Pennies From Heaven (feat. Lester Young)
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Pennies From Heaven (feat. Lester Young)

Pennies From Heaven (feat. Lester Young)

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Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
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Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
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It Had To Be You
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It Had To Be You
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You're Just Too Marvellous
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You're Just Too Marvellous
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April In My Heart
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April In My Heart
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God bless the child
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God bless the child
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Fine and Mellow
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Fine and Mellow
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Them There Eyes
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Them There Eyes
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Let's Do It
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Let's Do It
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Too Marvellous For Words
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Too Marvellous For Words
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But Beautiful
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But Beautiful
Artie Shaw
Any Old Time (feat. Billie Holiday)
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Any Old Time (feat. Billie Holiday)
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Embraceable You
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Embraceable You
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The Notebook
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The Notebook
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Romance In The Dark
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Romance In The Dark
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Lady Sings The Blues
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Lady Sings The Blues
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Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
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Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
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I Hear Music
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I Hear Music
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Jeepers Creepers
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Jeepers Creepers
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He ain't got rhythm
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He ain't got rhythm
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Now They Call It Swing
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Now They Call It Swing
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