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), better known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz singer 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.

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 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 and Decca. By the late 1940s, however, she was beset with legal troubles and drug abuse. After a short prison sentence, she performed at a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall, but her reputation deteriorated because of her drug and alcohol problems.

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Good Morning Heartache
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Blue Moon
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Blue Moon
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Billie's Blues
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Billie's Blues
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Billie Holiday Interview 2
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Billie Holiday Interview 2
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Sugar
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Sugar
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Them There Eyes
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Them There Eyes
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Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
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Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
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I'll Be Seeing You
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I'll Be Seeing You
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What A Little Moonlight Can Do
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What A Little Moonlight Can Do
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Gloomy Sunday
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Gloomy Sunday
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That Ole Devil Called Love
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That Ole Devil Called Love
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Cheek To Cheek
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Cheek To Cheek
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A Sunbonnet Blue
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A Sunbonnet Blue
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Me, Myself and I
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Me, Myself and I
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Crazy He Calls Me
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Crazy He Calls Me
Louis Armstrong
My Sweet Hunk O' Trash
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My Sweet Hunk O' Trash
Sammy Fain
I'll be seeing you
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I'll be seeing you
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Lady Sings The Blues
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Lady Sings The Blues
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Good Morning Heartache
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Good Morning Heartache
Roger Ramirez
Lover Man
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Lover Man
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Sometimes I'm Happy
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Sometimes I'm Happy
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Let's Call A Heart A Heart
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Let's Call A Heart A Heart
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Why Was I Born?
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Why Was I Born?
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April in Paris
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April in Paris
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Georgia On My Mind
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Georgia On My Mind
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You're Just Too Marvellous
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You're Just Too Marvellous
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Strange Fruit
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Strange Fruit
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You Don't Know What Love Is
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You Don't Know What Love Is
Count Basie
Swing Brother Swing
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Swing Brother Swing
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Nice Work If You Can Get It
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Nice Work If You Can Get It
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Porgy
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Porgy
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Solitude
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Solitude
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Don't Explain
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Don't Explain
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Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
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Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
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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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I Didn't Know What Time It Was
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I Didn't Know What Time It Was
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Don't Worry 'Bout Me
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Don't Worry 'Bout Me
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A Sailboat in the Moonlight
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A Sailboat in the Moonlight
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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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