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Billie Holiday

The first popular jazz singer to move audiences with the intense, personal feeling of classic blues, Billie Holiday changed the art of American pop vocals forever. More than a half-century after her death, it's difficult to believe that prior to her emergence, jazz and pop singers were tied to the Tin Pan Alley tradition and rarely personalized their songs; only blues singers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey actually gave the impression they had lived through what they were singing. Billie Holiday's highly stylized reading of this blues tradition revolutionized traditional pop, ripping the decades-long tradition of song plugging in two by refusing to compromise her artistry for either the song or the band. She made clear her debts to Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong (in her autobiography she admitted, "I always wanted Bessie's big sound and Pops' feeling"), but in truth her style was virtually her own, quite a shock in an age of interchangeable crooners and band singers.

With her spirit shining through on every recording, Holiday's technical expertise also excelled in comparison to the great majority of her contemporaries. Often bored by the tired old Tin Pan Alley songs she was forced to record early in her career, Holiday fooled around with the beat and the melody, phrasing behind the beat and often rejuvenating the standard melody with harmonies borrowed from her favorite horn players, Armstrong and Lester Young. (She often said she tried to sing like a horn.) Her notorious private life -- a series of abusive relationships, substance addictions, and periods of depression -- undoubtedly assisted her legendary status, but Holiday's best performances ("Lover Man," "Don't Explain," "Strange Fruit," her own composition "God Bless the Child") remain among the most sensitive and accomplished vocal performances ever recorded. More than technical ability, more than purity of voice, what made Billie Holiday one of the best vocalists of the century -- easily the equal of Ella Fitzgerald or Frank Sinatra -- was her relentlessly individualist temperament, a quality that colored every one of her endlessly nuanced performances.

Billie Holiday's chaotic life reportedly began in Baltimore on April 7, 1915 (a few reports say 1912) when she was born Eleanora Fagan Gough. Her father, Clarence Holiday, was a teenaged jazz guitarist and banjo player later to play in Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra. He never married her mother, Sadie Fagan, and left while his daughter was still a baby. (She would later run into him in New York, and though she contracted many guitarists for her sessions before his death in 1937, she always avoided using him.) Holiday's mother was also a young teenager at the time, and whether because of inexperience or neglect, often left her daughter with uncaring relatives. Holiday was sentenced to Catholic reform school at the age of ten, reportedly after she admitted being raped. Though sentenced to stay until she became an adult, a family friend helped get her released after just two years. With her mother, she moved in 1927, first to New Jersey and soon after to Brooklyn.

In New York, Holiday helped her mother with domestic work, but soon began moonlighting as a prostitute for the additional income. According to the weighty Billie Holiday legend (which gained additional credence after her notoriously apocryphal autobiography Lady Sings the Blues), her big singing break came in 1933 when a laughable dancing audition at a speakeasy prompted her accompanist to ask her if she could sing. In fact, Holiday was most likely singing at clubs all over New York City as early as 1930-31. Whatever the true story, she first gained some publicity in early 1933, when record producer John Hammond -- only three years older than Holiday herself, and just at the beginning of a legendary career -- wrote her up in a column for Melody Maker and brought Benny Goodman to one of her performances. After recording a demo at Columbia Studios, Holiday joined a small group led by Goodman to make her commercial debut on November 27, 1933 with "Your Mother's Son-In-Law."

Though she didn't return to the studio for over a year, Billie Holiday spent 1934 moving up the rungs of the competitive New York bar scene. By early 1935, she made her debut at the Apollo Theater and appeared in a one-reeler film with Duke Ellington. During the last half of 1935, Holiday finally entered the studio again and recorded a total of four sessions. With a pick-up band supervised by pianist Teddy Wilson, she recorded a series of obscure, forgettable songs straight from the gutters of Tin Pan Alley -- in other words, the only songs available to an obscure black band during the mid-'30s. (During the swing era, music publishers kept the best songs strictly in the hands of society orchestras and popular white singers.) Despite the poor song quality, Holiday and various groups (including trumpeter Roy Eldridge, alto Johnny Hodges, and tenors Ben Webster and Chu Berry) energized flat songs like "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "Twenty-Four Hours a Day" and "If You Were Mine" (to say nothing of "Eeny Meeny Miney Mo" and "Yankee Doodle Never Went to Town"). The great combo playing and Holiday's increasingly assured vocals made them quite popular on Columbia, Brunswick and Vocalion.

During 1936, Holiday toured with groups led by Jimmie Lunceford and Fletcher Henderson, then returned to New York for several more sessions. In late January 1937, she recorded several numbers with a small group culled from one of Hammond's new discoveries, Count Basie's Orchestra. Tenor Lester Young, who'd briefly known Billie several years earlier, and trumpeter Buck Clayton were to become especially attached to Holiday. The three did much of their best recorded work together during the late '30s, and Holiday herself bestowed the nickname Pres on Young, while he dubbed her Lady Day for her elegance. By the spring of 1937, she began touring with Basie as the female complement to his male singer, Jimmy Rushing. The association lasted less than a year, however. Though officially she was fired from the band for being temperamental and unreliable, shadowy influences higher up in the publishing world reportedly commanded the action after she refused to begin singing '20s female blues standards.

At least temporarily, the move actually benefited Holiday -- less than a month after leaving Basie, she was hired by Artie Shaw's popular band. She began singing with the group in 1938, one of the first instances of a black female appearing with a white group. Despite the continuing support of the entire band, however, show promoters and radio sponsors soon began objecting to Holiday -- based on her unorthodox singing style almost as much as her race. After a series of escalating indignities, Holiday quit the band in disgust. Yet again, her judgment proved valuable; the added freedom allowed her to take a gig at a hip new club named Café Society, the first popular nightspot with an inter-racial audience. There, Billie Holiday learned the song that would catapult her career to a new level: "Strange Fruit."

The standard, written by Café Society regular Lewis Allen and forever tied to Holiday, is an anguished reprisal of the intense racism still persistent in the South. Though Holiday initially expressed doubts about adding such a bald, uncompromising song to her repertoire, she pulled it off thanks largely to her powers of nuance and subtlety. "Strange Fruit" soon became the highlight of her performances. Though John Hammond refused to record it (not for its politics but for its overly pungent imagery), he allowed Holiday a bit of leverage to record for Commodore, the label owned by jazz record-store owner Milt Gabler. Once released, "Strange Fruit" was banned by many radio outlets, though the growing jukebox industry (and the inclusion of the excellent "Fine and Mellow" on the flip) made it a rather large, though controversial, hit. She continued recording for Columbia labels until 1942, and hit big again with her most famous composition, 1941's "God Bless the Child." Gabler, who also worked A&R for Decca, signed her to the label in 1944 to record "Lover Man," a song written especially for her and her third big hit. Neatly side-stepping the musician's union ban that afflicted her former label, Holiday soon became a priority at Decca, earning the right to top-quality material and lavish string sections for her sessions. She continued recording scattered sessions for Decca during the rest of the '40s, and recorded several of her best-loved songs including Bessie Smith's "'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do," "Them There Eyes," and "Crazy He Calls Me."

Though her artistry was at its peak, Billie Holiday's emotional life began a turbulent period during the mid-'40s. Already heavily into alcohol and marijuana, she began smoking opium early in the decade with her first husband, Johnnie Monroe. The marriage didn't last, but hot on its heels came a second marriage to trumpeter Joe Guy and a move to heroin. Despite her triumphant concert at New York's Town Hall and a small film role -- as a maid (!) -- with Louis Armstrong in 1947's New Orleans, she lost a good deal of money running her own orchestra with Joe Guy. Her mother's death soon after affected her deeply, and in 1947 she was arrested for possession of heroin and sentenced to eight months in prison.

Unfortunately, Holiday's troubles only continued after her release. The drug charge made it impossible for her to get a cabaret card, so nightclub performances were out of the question. Plagued by various celebrity hawks from all portions of the underworld (jazz, drugs, song publishing, etc.), she soldiered on for Decca until 1950. Two years later, she began recording for jazz entrepreneur Norman Granz, owner of the excellent labels Clef, Norgran, and by 1956, Verve. The recordings returned her to the small-group intimacy of her Columbia work, and reunited her with Ben Webster as well as other top-flight musicians such as Oscar Peterson, Harry "Sweets" Edison, and Charlie Shavers. Though the ravages of a hard life were beginning to take their toll on her voice, many of Holiday's mid-'50s recordings are just as intense and beautiful as her classic work.

During 1954, Holiday toured Europe to great acclaim, and her 1956 autobiography brought her even more fame (or notoriety). She made her last great appearance in 1957, on the CBS television special The Sound of Jazz with Webster, Lester Young, and Coleman Hawkins providing a close backing. One year later, the Lady in Satin LP clothed her naked, increasingly hoarse voice with the overwrought strings of Ray Ellis. During her final year, she made two more appearances in Europe before collapsing in May 1959 of heart and liver disease. Still procuring heroin while on her death bed, Holiday was arrested for possession in her private room and died on July 17, her system completely unable to fight both withdrawal and heart disease at the same time. Her cult of influence spread quickly after her death and gave her more fame than she'd enjoyed in life. The 1972 biopic Lady Sings the Blues featured Diana Ross struggling to overcome the conflicting myths of Holiday's life, but the film also illuminated her tragic life and introduced many future fans. By the digital age, virtually all of Holiday's recorded material had been reissued: by Columbia (nine volumes of The Quintessential Billie Holiday), Decca (The Complete Decca Recordings), and Verve (The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959). ~ John Bush
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: To Go

1. Lady Sings The Blues

2. Fine And Mellow

3. God Bless The Child

4. Crazy He Calls Me

5. Good Morning Heartache

6. Strange Fruit

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Track List: Billy Crystal Remembers Billie Holiday

1. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

2. My Old Flame

3. Fine And Mellow

4. Embraceable You

5. As Time Goes By

6. He's Funny That Way

7. I'll Get By

8. I Cover The Waterfront

9. Yesterdays

10. I'll Be Seeing You

11. Lover, Come Back To Me

12. Strange Fruit

13. God Bless The Child

14. Don't Explain

15. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)

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Track List: Billie Holiday: The Jazz Biography

1. Georgia On My Mind

2. Blue Moon

3. Autumn In New York

4. I Can't Face The Music

5. I Hear Music

6. Love For Sale

7. Moon Flow

8. My Man

9. Night & Day

10. Solitude

11. Stormy Weather

12. East Of the Sun

13. Easy To Love

14. Everything I Have Is Yours

15. I Only Have Eyes For You

16. If the Moon Turns Green

17. Jim

18. Tenderly

19. Yesterdays

20. Strange Fruit

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Track List: Early Lady Day: 1933 - 1937

1. Your Mother's Son-In-Law

2. I Wished On The Moon

3. What A Little Moonlight Can Do

4. It's Too Hot For Words

5. If You Were Mine

6. Billie's Blues

7. A Fine Romance

8. Easy To Love

9. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

10. This Year's Kisses

11. I Must Have That Man

12. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

13. I'll Get By

14. Mean To Me

15. Foolin' Myself

16. Easy Living

17. Me, Myself And I

18. Without Your Love

19. Getting Some Fun Out Of Life

21. He's Funny That Way

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Track List: Billie Holiday: Love Songs 2

1. These Foolish Things

2. Did I Remember?

3. A Fine Romance

4. Easy To Love

5. This Year's Kisses

6. Why Was I Born?

7. I Must Have That Man

8. Moanin' Low

9. I'll Never Be The Same

10. He's Funny That Way

11. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man

12. When A Woman Loves A Man

13. More Than You Know

14. Body And Soul

15. I Cover The Waterfront

16. Love Me Or Leave Me

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Track List: Ken Burns Jazz - Billie Holiday

1. I Cried for You

2. What A Little Moonlight Can Do

3. Me, Myself And I

4. Without Your Love

5. Strange Fruit

6. Yesterdays

7. Some Other Spring

8. Solitude

9. God Bless The Child

10. Gloomy Sunday

11. I Cover The Waterfront

12. Lover Man

13. Trav'lin' Light

14. Don't Explain

15. Good Morning, Heartache

16. Autumn In New York

17. Lady Sings The Blues

18. Fine And Mellow

19. You've Changed

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Track List: The Commodore Master Takes

1. Strange Fruit

2. Yesterdays

3. Fine And Mellow

4. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

5. How Am I To Know ?

6. My Old Flame

7. I'll Get by

8. I Cover The Waterfront

9. I'll Be Seeing You

10. I'm Yours

11. Embraceable You

12. As Time Goes by

13. (I Got A Woman, Crazy For Me) She's Funny That Way

14. Lover Come Back To Me

15. (Billie's Blues) I Love My Man

16. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

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Track List: More Billie Holiday

1. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

2. That Ole Devil Called Love

3. Yesterdays

4. I'll Get By

5. Solitude

6. Baby Get Lost

7. I Cover The Waterfront

8. What Is This Thing Called Love

9. Them There Eyes

10. As Time Goes By

11. I'm Yours

12. You're My Thrill

13. No Good Man

14. Lover Come Back To Me

15. Billie's Blues

16. Somebody's On My Mind

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Track List: The Complete Commodore Recordings

Disc 1

1. Strange Fruit

2. Strange Fruit #2

3. Yesterdays

4. Yesterdays #2

5. Fine And Mellow

6. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

7. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues #2

8. How Am I To Know? #3

9. How Am I To Know? #2 [-1]

10. How Am I To Know? #2 [-2]

11. How Am I To Know

12. My Old Flame #3

13. My Old Flame [Tk 2]

14. My Old Flame #2

15. My Old Flame

16. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)

17. I'l Get By #2

18. I Cover The Waterfront #3

19. I Cover The Waterfront #2

20. I Cover The Waterfront [-1]

21. I Cover The Waterfront

22. I'll Be Seeing You #3

23. I'll Be Seeing You

24. I'll Be Seeing You #2

Disc 2

1. I'm Yours #3

2. I'm Yours #2

3. I'm Yours

4. Embraceable You #3

5. Embraceable You

6. Embraceable You #2

7. As Time Goes By

8. As Time Goes By #2

9. (I've Got A Man, Crazy For Me) He's Funny That Way #2

10. He's Funny That Way [Tk 2a]

11. He's Funny That Way

12. He's Funny That Way #4

13. He's Funny That Way #3

14. Lover Come Back To Me [-1]

15. Lover Come Back To Me #3

16. Billie's Blues #2

17. Billie's Blues #3

18. Lover Come Back To Me

19. Billie's Blues

20. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

21. Lover Come Back To Me

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Track List: Billie Holiday Love Songs

1. All Of Me

2. You Go To My Head

3. Until The Real Thing Comes Along

4. My Man

5. The Very Thought Of You

6. Easy Living

7. They Can't Take That Away From Me

8. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

9. Them There Eyes

10. Night And Day

11. The Man I Love

12. Me, Myself And I

13. The Way You Look Together

14. If You Were Mine

15. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

16. Let's Do It

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Track List: Billie Holiday Sings Standards

1. But Not For Me

2. When Your Lover Has Gone

3. All Of Me

4. Stormy Weather

5. Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You

6. It Had To Be You

7. East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)

8. Body And Soul

9. April In Paris

10. Tenderly

11. When It's Sleepy Time Down South

12. You Turned The Tables On Me

13. Love Is Here To Stay

14. What's New

15. We'll Be Together Again

16. Darn That Dream

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Track List: The Essential Billie Holiday - Carnegie Hall Concert Recorded Live

1. Reading From Lady Sings The Blues

2. Lady Sings The Blues (Live)

3. Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do (LIve)

4. Reading From 'lady Sings The Blues' With 'trav'lin' Light'

5. Reading From Lady Sings The Blues

6. Billie's Blues (Live)

7. Body And Soul (Live)

8. Reading From Lady Sings The Blues

9. Don't Explain (Live)

10. Yesterdays (Live)

11. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (Live)

12. I'll Be Seeing You (Live)

13. Reading From Lady Sings The Blues

14. My Man (Live)

15. I Cried For You (Live)

16. Fine And Mellow (Live)

17. I Cover The Waterfront (Live)

18. What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Live)

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Track List: First Issue: The Great American Song Book

Disc 1

1. Blue Moon

2. Nice Work If You Can Get It

3. Yesterdays

4. Easy To Love

5. Prelude To A Kiss

6. Day In, Day Out

7. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

8. Embraceable You

9. Love Is Here To Stay

10. Too Marvelous For Words

11. Cheek To Cheek

13. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

14. I Thought About You

15. A Fine Romance

16. P.S. I Love You

17. Always

Disc 2

2. I Get A Kick Out Of You

3. Say It Isn't So

4. How Deep Is The Ocean?

5. Trav'lin' Light

6. Remember

7. Stormy Weather

8. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)

9. But Not For Me

10. Solitude

11. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

12. Just One Of Those Things

13. Love For Sale

14. A Foggy Day

15. All Of You

16. Sophisticated Lady

17. They Can't Take That Away From Me

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Track List: Verve Jazz Masters 12

1. What A Little Moonlight Can Do

2. P.S. I Love You

3. Blue Moon

4. Remember

5. God Bless The Child

6. Yesterdays

7. Lover Come Back To Me

8. Some Other Spring

10. Willow Weep For Me

11. All Or Nothing At All

12. Autumn In New York

13. A Fine Romance

14. Good Morning Heartache

15. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

16. Speak Low

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Track List: Jazz At The Philharmonic

1. Body And Soul (Live)

2. Strange Fruit (Live)

3. I Cried For You (Live)

4. Fine And Mellow (Live)

7. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You? (Live)

8. All Of Me (Live)

9. Billie's Blues (Live)

10. Trav'lin' Light (Live)

12. Norman Granz Announcement

16. I Cover The Waterfront (Live)

17. Norman Granz Announcement

21. Nice Work If You Can Get It (Live)

22. Willow Weep For Me (Live)

23. My Man (Live)

25. Lady Sings The Blues (Live)

26. What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Live)

29. I Wished On The Moon (Live)

30. Lover Man (Live)

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Track List: Recital By Billie Holiday

1. My Man

2. Lover Come Back To Me

3. Stormy Weather

4. Yesterdays

5. He's Funny That Way

6. I Can't Face The Music

7. How Deep Is The Ocean

8. What A Little Moonlight Can Do

9. I Cried For You

10. Love Me Or Leave Me

11. P.S. I Love You

12. Too Marvelous For Words

13. Softly

14. I Thought About You

15. Willow Weep For Me

16. Stormy Blues

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Track List: Jazz 'Round Midnight

1. These Foolish Things

2. What's New

3. Darn That Dream

4. Come Rain Or Come Shine

5. Ill Wind

6. He's Funny That Way

7. Body And Soul

8. You Go To My Head

9. Prelude To A Kiss

10. We'll Be Together Again

11. Solitude

12. It Had To Be You

13. Embraceable You

14. You Turned The Tables On Me

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Track List: Billie's Best

1. What A Little Moonlight Can Do

2. A Foggy Day

3. Come Rain Or Come Shine

4. Comes Love

5. He's Funny That Way

6. Stars Fell On Alabama

7. Gone With The Wind

8. They Can't Take That Away From Me

9. East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)

10. Everything I Have Is Yours

11. Stormy Blues

12. Speak Low

13. April In Paris

14. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

15. Some Other Spring

16. All The Way

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Track List: The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 9 (1940-1942)

1. St. Louis Blues

2. Loveless Love

3. Let's Do It

4. Georgia On My Mind

5. Romance In The Dark

6. All Of Me

8. God Bless The Child

9. Am I Blue?

10. Solitude

11. Jim

12. I Cover The Waterfront

13. Love Me Or Leave Me

14. Gloomy Sunday

15. Wherever You Are

16. Mandy Is Two

17. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie

18. Until The Real Thing Comes Along

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Track List: Billie's Blues

1. Announcement By Leonard Feather

2. Blue Moon

3. All Of Me

4. My Man

5. Them Their Eyes

6. I Cried For You

7. What A Little Moonlight Can Do

8. I Cover The Waterfront (Live)

9. Announcement By Leonard Feather

10. Billie's Blues

11. Lover Come Back To Me

12. Blue Turning Grey Over You

13. Be Fair With Me Baby

14. Rocky Mountain Blues

15. Detour Ahead

16. Trav'lin' Light

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Track List: The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 4 (1937)

1. Carelessly

2. How Could You?

3. Moanin' Low

4. Where Is the Sun?

5. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

6. They Can't Take That Away From Me

8. Sun Showers

9. Yours And Mine

10. I'll Get By

11. Mean to Me

12. Foolin' Myself

13. Easy Living

14. I'll Never Be The Same

15. Me, Myself And I

16. A Sailboat In The Moonlight

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Easy Living

2. What Is This Thing

3. Solitude

4. You're My Thrill

5. Them There Eyes

6. No More

7. God Bless

8. My Man

9. Don't Explain

10. There Is No Greater Love

11. Nobody's Business

12. You Better Go Now

13. Big Stuff

14. Good Morning Heartache

15. Porgy

16. Guilty

17. Lover Man

18. Crazy He Calls Me

19. That Ole Devil

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Track List: Lady In Satin

1. I'm A Fool To Want You

2. For Heaven's Sake

3. You Don't Know What Love Is

4. I Get Along Without You Very Well

5. For All We Know

6. Violets For Your Furs

7. You've Changed

8. It's Easy To Remember

9. But Beautiful

10. Glad To Be Unhappy

11. I'll Be Around

12. The End Of A Love Affair

13. I'm A Fool To Want You (Take 3)

14. I'm A Fool To Want You (Take 2 - Alternate Take)

15. The End Of A Love Afair: The Audio Story

16. The End Of A Love Affair

17. Pause Track

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Track List: Lady Sings The Blues

1. Say It Isn't So

2. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

3. I Wished On The Moon

4. Always

5. Everything Happens to Me

6. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me

8. Trav'lin' Light

9. I Must Have That Man

10. Some Other Spring

11. Lady Sings The Blues

12. Strange Fruit

13. God Bless The Child

15. No Good Man

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Track List: Solitude

1. East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)

2. Blue Moon

3. You Go To My Head

4. You Turned The Tables On Me

5. Easy To love

6. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

7. I Only Have Eyes For You

8. Solitude

9. Everything I Have Is Yours

10. Love For Sale

11. Moonglow

12. Tenderly

13. If The Moon Turns Green

14. Remember

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Track List: Billie Holiday: The Ultimate Collection

Disc 1

1. Miss Brown To You

2. What A Little Moonlight Can Do

3. I Cried For You

4. Mean To Me

5. Strange Fruit

6. Fine And Mellow

7. God Bless The Child

8. Trav'lin Light

9. My Old Flame

10. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)

11. Billie's Blues

12. He's Funny That Way

13. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)

14. Don't Explain

15. Good Morning Heartache

16. No Good Man

17. The Blues Are Brewin'

18. Solitude

19. Easy Living

20. I Loves You Porgy

21. My Man (Mon Homme)

22. 'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do

Disc 2

1. Them There Eyes

2. You Can't Lose A Broken Heart`

3. You're My Thrill

4. Crazy He Calls Me

5. Detour Ahead

6. These Foolish Things

7. You Go To My Head

8. Love Me Or Leave Me

9. Willow Weep For Me

10. I Thought About You

11. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

12. Come Rain Or Come Shine

13. It Had To Be You

14. What's New?

15. Lady Sings The Blues

16. I Cover The Waterfront (Live)

17. Body And Soul

18. But Not For Me

19. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)

20. I'm A Fool To Want You

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Track List: Misty

2. God Bless The Child

3. Laughing At Life

4. My Man (Mon Homme)

5. The Very Thought Of You

6. Mean To Me

7. You Can't Lose A Broken Heart

8. Miss Brown To You

9. Twenty Four Hours A Day

11. These Foolish Things

12. In My Solitude

14. Cheek To Cheek

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Track List: Moonlight In Vermont

6. Guilty

8. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie

14. More Than You Know

19. The Blues Are Brewin

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Track List: The Billie Holiday Collection # 1

Disc 1

1. I Wished On The Moon

2. What A Little Moonlight Can Do

3. Miss Brown To You

4. If You Were Mine

5. These 'N' That 'N' Those

6. You Let Me Down

7. Life Begins When You're In Love

8. It's Like Reaching For The Moon

9. These Foolish Things

10. I Cried For You

11. Did I Remember?

12. Summertime

13. Billie's Blues

14. A Fine Romance

15. One, Two, Button Your Shoe

16. Easy To Love

17. The Way You Look Tonight

18. Pennies From Heaven

Disc 2

1. That's Life I Guess

2. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

3. He Ain't Got Rhythm

4. This Year's Kisses

5. Why Was I Born?

6. I Must Have That Man

7. My Last Affair

8. Moanin' Low

9. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

10. They Can't Take That Away From Me

11. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)

12. Mean To Me

13. Foolin' Myself

14. Easy Living

15. I'll Never Be The Same

16. Without Your Love

17. Who Wants Love?

18. Trav'lin' All Alone

Disc 3

1. He's Funny That Way

2. Nice Work If You Can Get It

3. Things Are Looking Up

4. My Man

5. Can't Help Lovin Dat Man

6. When You're Smiling

7. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

8. When A Woman Loves A Man

9. You Go To My Head

10. I'm Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away The Key)

11. The Very Thought Of You

12. I Can't Get Started

13. I've Got A Date With A Dream

14. Long Gone Blues

15. Some Other Spring

16. Them There Eyes

17. Swing! Brother, Swing!

18. Night And Day

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Track List: The Legend Of Billie Holiday

1. That Ole Devil Called Love

2. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)

3. Don't Explain

4. Good Morning Heartache

5. There Is No Greater Love

6. Easy Living

7. Solitude

9. My Man (Mon Homme)

10. Them There Eyes

11. Now Or Never

13. Somebody's On My Mind

15. You're My Thrill

16. God Bless The Child

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Such a great singer. Such a sad way for it to end
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Beautiful, & relaxing:-)
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She was the greatest but Amy was on her way!!!
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One of the most influential jazz singers hands down! Billie always makes me cry when she sings.
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Jazz and the blues wow
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Bianca HOLLIDAY
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Not. Bad
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Love
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Singers like her come along only once in a lifetime. Magnificent!
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What a wonderful voice.
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My idol love her
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she is my estreya whit johnny deep enemi public
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Always a joy to listen to her magnificent voice..she put a lot of feeling into her songs. Brilliant!
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she's the best...ever! !
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bainnicole1
Love her vocals!!
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Grew up on this Lady with my Mom I had to listen to it but it didn't really came to light is when I was grown and remembered her voice so well and the tragic life she had Mother having her at 14 was such a rough life.
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Love the incomparable Billie Holiday! She is one of a kind!
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Never was enough, and every bit is unending.
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Love Billie!! Amazing singer!
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Outstanding SINGER...BIL L I E
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Fallout 4 is awesome but I wish that there would be a fallout 4 station on pandora
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Yes
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I'm glad fallout is bringing more people back to the oldies
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As valentine day comes close to me I've got this song. Good morning heartache. Billie Holliday singing is beautiful as always.
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Wonderful capsule bio, JOHN BUSH-------m a n y , many thanks...... . . . . . O n e caveat: the Ellis strings on ......sings the blues are not overwrought but rather a magnificent, almost sinister accompanimen t to this ragged voice that no longer sings, but is now more a sort of heightened speech...... . a n d yet, WHAT heightened speech! The searing honesty and profundity of that voice still haunts me after almost 30 years of regular listening!
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Although Billy great this is actually Ella Fitzgerald singing
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Never be another singer as Unique and Teriffic as Billy Holiday !!!
How wonderful. That she left such a great legacy !!!
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I love Etta Jame
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Magical Music!
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ITS ALL GOOD
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Anyone else think of Fallout?
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SUCH SOUL, SUCH CLASS
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I've always been an huge Billie fan. Being a recovering heroin addict myself I can feel her pain in her singing. I knew a little about her life; but after reading her bio; my first thought at the end was, who set her up?
Malinproduct i o n s ; I had no idea Billie was set up by the FBI, but it totally makes sense.
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Elegance , sophisticati o n fills the room from a beautiful soulful lady.
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Fallout 4 please have new Billie holiday!!
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Her voice makes my eyes water....... none can compare... There is only one Billie Holiday.
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Trey Greenwood- I love you
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A true gift
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Thank u ,u were so delicious,i listen to this when i am missing mama,who can i run too
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maggiekksb
Thank you P & G for a wedding that was beyond words for all. Relax in cancun...
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I Love Country!!!
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It had to be You....
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Lady Day! http://www.b i l l i e h o l i d a y . c o m /
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Love bh I want to hear a song but it wont play y
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"I'll Be Seeing You"
by Billie Holiday
Simply put: one of the best renditions of one of my favorite songs.
dlc
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needs more cowbell !!!
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lauren.fergu s o n 3
Beautiful. What's there to comment "no" about?
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