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Billie Holiday

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Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan; April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.Critic John Bush wrote that Holiday "changed the art of American pop vocals forever." She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards, notably "God Bless the Child", "Don't Explain", "Fine and Mellow", and "Lady Sings the Blues". She also became famous for singing "Easy Living", "Good Morning Heartache", and "Strange Fruit", a protest song which became one of her standards and was made famous with her 1939 recording. Music critic Robert Christgau called her "uncoverable, possibly the greatest singer of the century".

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Discography

  • Billie Holiday Sings Standards
  • Essentiel Jazz, Volume I, 1994
  • The Legacy 1933-1958, 1991
  • Lady Sings the Blues: Original Sessions 1937-1947, 1995
  • Lady in Satin, 2010
  • Billie Holiday Sings, 1952
  • God Bless the Child, 1996
  • Billie's Blues, 1988
  • The Gold Collection: 40 Classic Performances, 2001
  • That Ole Devil Called Love, 2001
  • Essentials, 1998
  • Jazz Masters, 100 Anos De Swing, 1996
  • Swing Brother Swing (Collectables), 2003
  • The Masters (disc 1), 1997
  • Verve Silver Collection, 1984
  • Billie Holiday
  • Midnite Jazz & Blues: The Voice of Jazz, 2000
  • An Introduction to Billie Holiday: Her Best Recordings 1935-1942, 1993
  • Midnite Jazz & Blues: Lady Day, 2000
  • Ken Burns Jazz: Definitive Billie Holiday, 2000
  • Strange Fruit, 1989
  • First Issue: The Great American Song Book, 1994
  • The Collection, 1993
  • Remixed & Reimagined, 2007
  • Easy to Love
  • Lover Come Back to Me, 1990
  • A Musical Romance, 2002
  • Volume 6: 1938, 1994
  • The Lady Sings, 2001
  • The Complete Billie Holiday, 2009
  • The Classic Jazz Collection: God Bless The Child, 1994
  • Mitos do jazz, Volume 16: Billie Holiday, 2012
  • Love Songs, 1996
  • BD Jazz, 2003
  • The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Volume 9: 1940-1942
  • More Priceless Jazz, 1998
  • That Old Devil Called Love (disc 2), 2006
  • The Diva Series, 2003
  • Billie Holliday and Her Orchestra, 1988
  • Body and Soul
  • The Chronological Classics: Billie Holiday 1944, 1995
  • 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billie Holiday, 2002
  • Cocktail Hour, 1999
  • Lady Sings the Blues, 1956
  • Ballads, 1992
  • The Complete Decca Recordings, 1991
  • Billie's Best, 1992
  • The Voice of Jazz: The Complete Recordings 1933-1940
  • Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (1933-1944), 2001
  • Billie Holiday's Greatest Hits, 1996
  • Lady Day & Pres 1937-1941, 1995
  • Verve Jazz Masters 47: Billie Holiday Sings Standards, 1995
  • The Ultimate Collection
  • The Great Jazz Vocalists (disc 1)
  • Lady Sings the Blues: The Billie Holiday Story, Volume 4, 1995
  • Billie Holiday - Fine and Mellow, 1990
  • If You Were Mine, 1995
  • The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Volume 5: 1937-1938
  • Portrait, 2005
  • Coleção Folha grandes vozes, Volume 15: Billie Holiday, 2012
  • The Billie Holiday Collection, 1988
  • Jazz, 2000
  • Complete Billie Holiday Lester Young 1937-1946, 1998
  • As Time Goes By, 1994
  • Songs for Distingué Lovers, 1957
  • The Best of Billie Holiday: The Master Takes and Singles, 2008
  • God Bless the Child: The Very Best of Billie Holiday, 2006
  • The Essential Collection: Billie Holiday, 1995
  • Retrospective, 2006
  • Very Best of Billie Holiday, 2000
  • You Go to My Head, 2002
  • The Man I Love, 2002
  • Billie Holliday With Lester Young: Lady Day & Prez 1937-1941, 1994
  • An Evening With Billie Holiday, 1953
  • The Essential Billie Holiday, 2007
  • Lady's Decca Days, Volume One, 1988
  • A Lady Sings The Blues, 2008
  • All of Me, 2003
  • Love Songs 2, 2003
  • Jazz & Blues, 1998
  • Time on My Hands
  • The Chronological Classics: Billie Holiday 1945-1948, 1999
  • The Chronological Classics: Billie Holiday 1940-1942, 1993
  • The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Volume 1: 1933-1935, 1987
  • The Best of Billie Holiday, 2001
  • Tenderly, 2004
  • Jazz Greats, Volume 1: Billie Holiday: All of Me, 1996
  • The Essential Collection
  • The Classic Decade: 1935-1945, 2001
  • The Cream of Billie Holiday, 2001
  • Lover Man, 1951
  • Guilty, 1999
  • Summertime - The Best of Billie Holiday
  • The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959, 1993
  • Stay With Me, 1959
  • This Is Gold: Billie Holiday, 2005
  • Billie's Blues - Best of Billie Holiday, 2000
  • Lady's Decca Days, Volume Two, 1988
  • All or Nothing at All, 1995
  • Jumpin' for Joy, 1993
  • Coleção Folha clássicos do jazz, Volume 12, 2007
  • God Bless The Child, 1993
  • De legendes van de jazz, 2007
  • Just Jazz: The Original Authentic Recordings, 2005
  • A Portrait of an Artist Through Her Quintessential Recordings, 2007
  • A Profile of Billie Holiday, 1997
  • Blue Billie, 1993
  • The Very Best, 2001
  • 16 Most Requested Songs, 1993
  • Greatest Hits
  • The Complete 1951 Storyville Club Sessions, 1990
  • That Old Devil Called Love, 2006
  • Volume 4: 1937, 1992
  • V-Disc: A Musical Contribution by America's Best for Our Armed Forces Overseas, 1998
  • Verve Jazz Masters 12, 1994
  • ICON: Love Songs, 2001
  • I Wish I Had You
  • 1949-1952 Radio and TV Broadcasts
  • Icon, 2011
  • The Billie Holiday Songbook, 1986
  • The Chronological Classics: Billie Holiday 1949-1951, 2002
  • 1953-56 Radio and TV Broadcasts, 1993
  • Lady in Autumn: The Best of the Verve Years, 1991
  • The Essential Billie Holiday: Live at Carnegie Hall, 1995
  • The Complete 1933-1944 Studio Recordings Master Takes, Volume 3: 1937-1938, 2004
  • Love Me or Leave Me, 1995
  • Forever Gold, 1990
  • Lady Day: The Best of Billie Holiday, 2001
  • Greatest Hits, Volume 1
  • 1952-1955, 1992
  • The Definitive Collection 1939-1948
  • Feel the Blues, 1995
  • The Very Best of Billie Holiday, 1999
  • A Portrait of Billie Holiday, 1997
  • At Monterey 1958, 1986
  • Holiday Romance, 1986
  • Vol. 4 "You're My Thrill" Original 1944-1949 Recordings, 2004
  • The Revival of the Jazz, 1991
  • Volume 5: 1937-1938, 1992
  • Billie Holiday, Volume II, 1983
  • Complete Edition, Volume 3: 1934-1937, 1992
  • The Chronological Classics: Billie Holiday 1952, 2003
  • The Essence of Billie Holiday, 2006
  • The Legendary Billie Holiday
  • The Essential Recordings
  • The Complete Commodore Recordings, 1997
  • Golden Legends, 1999
  • The Essential Billie Holiday: Carnegie Hall Concert, 1989
  • The Legend of Billie Holliday, 1999
  • Jazz & Blues Collection, Volume 14, 1995
  • Solitude: Billie Holiday Story, Vol. 2, 1993
  • Singin' Her Greatest Songs, 2007
  • Midnite Jazz & Blues: Angel of Harlem, 2000
  • Always, 1995
  • Timeless Classics, 2003
  • The Lady Sings the Blues, 1995
  • The Essential Hits, 2004
  • Me Myself and I, 1995
  • Jazz Ballads 12, 2004
  • This Is Jazz 32: Billie Holiday Sings Standards, 1998
  • Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (1933–1944), 2009
  • Midnite Jazz & Blues: Easy to Love, 2001
  • Volume 2: 1936-1937, 1991
  • Night & Day, 2005
  • Don't Explain
  • Holiday for Lovers, 2002
  • From the Original Decca Masters, 1986
  • The Great Billie Holiday, 2000
  • Volume 1: 1933-1936, 1991
  • Lady Day: The Very Best of Billie Holiday, 1997
  • The Man I Love: 1937-1939, 1994
  • Billie Holiday (disc 1), 2005
  • The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes, 2005
  • Lady Day: The Master Takes and Singles, 2007
  • Compact Jazz: Billie Holiday, 1987
  • Billie Holiday Live, 1990
  • God Bless the Blues, 1998
  • Ultimate Billie Holiday, 1997
  • Billy's Blues, 2007
  • The Commodore Master Takes, 2000
  • Blue Moon, 2003
  • Fine and Mellow, 1979
  • Holiday Blues
  • Storyville Masters of Jazz, Volume 3: Billie Holiday, 1994
  • Memories of Lady Day

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On Apr 8, 2011. 8:17am
Christopher Lynch said

Think of superb jazz singers and the extraordinary, spell-binding "Lady Day", springs immediately to mind.
Billie's rendition of "Lover Man" is my personal favourite of that sad ballad, while - to me - her most meaningful piece is "Strange Fruit."
Speaking of "Lover Man", there is an exquisite instrumental version of this on a fairly rare album titled "What's New", by Bill Evans with Jeremy Steig. (Highly recommended for jazz flute aficionados.)

On Dec 21, 2011. 7:53am
Christopher Lynch said

Delighted to see the one and only beautiful Billie on 'the front page' again.
Sure there are almost countless female 'jazz singers' around today. They're musically slick, photogenic and subsequently highly marketable - particularly to part-time jazz listeners - yet the majority of them lack that elusive 'soul' so essential for true greatness. Billie's life was fraught with sadness, but its this factor that made the difference in her recordings. Billie lived through what she sang.

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