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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.

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Discography

  • Essentiel Jazz, Volume I, 1994
  • The Legacy 1933-1958, 1991
  • Gold, 1993
  • Velvet Mood, 1956
  • Lady Sings the Blues: Original Sessions 1937-1947, 1995
  • Lady in Satin, 2010
  • Forever Lady Day, 2011
  • Billie Holiday Sings, 1952
  • God Bless the Child, 1994
  • 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
  • Easy Livin', 2003
  • The Silver Collection, 1984
  • Billie Holiday, 1996
  • 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
  • The Very Best of Billie Holiday, 1999
  • Lover Come Back to Me, 1990
  • A Musical Romance, 2002
  • Volume 6: 1938, 1994
  • The Complete Billie Holiday, 2009
  • The Classic Jazz Collection: God Bless The Child, 1994
  • Love Songs, 1996
  • 16 Classic Performances, 2005
  • BD Jazz, 2003
  • The Masters, 1997
  • More Priceless Jazz, 1998
  • The Four Queens Of Jazz, 1992
  • That Old Devil Called Love (disc 2), 2006
  • The Diva Series, 2003
  • Billie Holliday and Her Orchestra, 1988
  • Playlist: The Very Best of Billie Holiday, 2008
  • Body and Soul, 1957
  • The Chronological Classics: Billie Holiday 1944, 1995
  • 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billie Holiday, 2002
  • Cocktail Hour, 1999
  • Complete Original American Decca Recordings, 2001
  • Lady Sings the Blues, 1956
  • Ballads, 1992
  • The Complete Decca Recordings, 1992
  • Billie's Best, 1992
  • 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, 2008
  • Lady Sings the Blues: The Billie Holiday Story, Volume 4, 1995
  • Billie Holiday - Fine and Mellow, 1990
  • If You Were Mine, 1995
  • Portrait, 2005
  • The Billie Holiday Collection, 1988
  • Jazz, 2000
  • Complete Billie Holiday Lester Young 1937-1946, 1998
  • As Time Goes By, 1994
  • Strange Fruit: 1937-1939, 1996
  • 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
  • Billie Holliday With Lester Young: Lady Day & Prez 1937-1941, 1994
  • An Evening With Billie Holiday, 1953
  • The Complete Masters 1933–1959, 2011
  • The Essential Billie Holiday, 2007
  • You Go To My Head, 2001
  • Lady's Decca Days, Volume One, 1988
  • A Lady Sings The Blues, 2008
  • All of Me, 2003
  • Love Songs 2, 2003
  • Jazz & Blues, 1998
  • 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, 2009
  • Tenderly, 2004
  • Jazz Greats, Volume 1: Billie Holiday: All of Me, 1996
  • The Classic Decade: 1935-1945, 2001
  • The Cream of Billie Holiday, 2001
  • Lover Man, 1951
  • Guilty, 1999
  • The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959, 1993
  • Stay With Me, 1959
  • This Is Gold: Billie Holiday, 2005
  • Trav’lin’ Light, Trav’lin’ All Alone, 1994
  • Billie's Blues - Best of Billie Holiday, 2000
  • Jazz After Dark: Great Songs, Volume 1 (Billie Holliday), 1996
  • 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
  • Solitude, 1952
  • A Portrait of an Artist Through Her Quintessential Recordings, 2007
  • A Profile of Billie Holiday, 1997
  • Blue Billie, 1993
  • The Very Best, 2001
  • Charlie Parker & Billie Holiday Jazz Greats, 2001
  • 16 Most Requested Songs, 1993
  • Greatest Hits, 1995
  • The Complete 1951 Storyville Club Sessions, 1990
  • The Man I Love, 2002
  • That Old Devil Called Love, 2006
  • Volume 4: 1937, 1992
  • I Loves You Porgy, 1999
  • V-Disc: A Musical Contribution by America's Best for Our Armed Forces Overseas, 1998
  • Verve Jazz Masters 12, 1994
  • ICON: Love Songs, 2001
  • The Billie Holiday Songbook, 1986
  • The Lady Sings, 2001
  • 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
  • 1952-1955, 1992
  • Feel the Blues, 1995
  • A Portrait of Billie Holiday, 1997
  • At Monterey 1958, 1986
  • Summertime - The Very Best of Billie Holiday, 2005
  • The Rough Guide to Jazz and Blues Legends: Billie Holiday, 2010
  • Holiday Romance, 1986
  • Vol. 4 "You're My Thrill" Original 1944-1949 Recordings, 2004
  • The Revival of the Jazz, 1991
  • The Great American Songbook, 2007
  • 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 Essential Recordings, 1993
  • 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
  • Ladylove, 1962
  • Singin' Her Greatest Songs, 2007
  • Midnite Jazz & Blues: Angel of Harlem, 2000
  • Always, 1995
  • Timeless Classics, 2003
  • The Lady Sings the Blues, 1995
  • Stormy Weather, 2001
  • The Essential Hits, 2004
  • Me Myself and I, 1995
  • Jazz Ballads 12: Billie Holiday, 2004
  • This Is Jazz 32: Billie Holiday Sings Standards, 1998
  • The Quintessence: New York - Los Angeles 1934 - 1946, 1997
  • 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
  • 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
  • American Songbook, 2005
  • The Man I Love: 1937-1939, 1994
  • 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
  • Storyville Masters of Jazz, Volume 3: Billie Holiday, 1994

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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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