Billie Holiday

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Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years. She was nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and music partner Lester Young.  Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo, which had a great influence on jazz music and pop singing.

Holiday began her career singing in nightclubs around Harlem.  She was heard and commended by producer John Hammond, who was also responsible for sparking or furthering the musical careers of people including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, and Leonard Cohen.  Holiday was signed to Brunswick Records in 1935. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Holiday had success with labels such as Columbia Records and Decca Records. By the late 1940s, however, Holiday was beset with legal troubles and drug abuse. After a short prison sentence, she performed a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall. However, due to her drug and alcohol problems, her reputation deteriorated.

Though she was a successful concert performer throughout the 1950s with two further sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall, Holiday’s bad health, coupled with a string of abusive relationships and ongoing drug and alcohol abuse, caused her voice to deteriorate. Her final recordings were met with mixed reaction to her damaged voice, but were mild commercial successes. Her final album, “Lady in Satin” was released in 1958. Holiday died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1959. A posthumous album, “Last Recording”, was released following her death.

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AIN'T NOBODY'S BUSINESS - BILLIE HOLLIDAY
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Ain’t Nobody’s Business

ALL OF ME - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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All Of Me

ALL THE WAY - BILLIE HOLLIDAY
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 All The Way

COME RAIN OR COME SHINE - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Come Rain Or Come Shine

CRAZY HE CALLS ME - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Crazy He Calls Me

DON'T EXPLAIN - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Don’t Explain

EMBRACEABLE YOU - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Embraceable You

GLOOMY SUNDAY - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Gloomy Sunday

GOD BLESS THE CHILD - BILLIE HOLLIDAY
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 God Bless The Child

GOOD MORNING HEARTACHE - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Good Morning Heartache

HE'S FUNNY THAT WAY - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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He’s Funny That Way

I AM A FOOL TO WANT YOU - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 I Am A Fool To Want You

I HEAR MUSIC - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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I Hear Music

I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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I Only Have Eyes For You

IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 It Might As Well Be Spring

JUST FRIENDS - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Just Friends

MISTY - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Misty

MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Moonlight In Vermont

MY MAN - BILLIE HOLLIDAY
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 My Man

NIGHT AND DAY - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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Night And Day

ORANGE COLOURED SKY - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Orange Coloured Sky

STORMY BLUES - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Stormy Blues

THEM THERE EYES - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Them There Eyes

THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU- BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 The Very Thought Of You

TWEEDLEDEE - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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Tweedledee

UNTIL THE REAL THING COMES ALONG - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Until The Real Thing Comes Along

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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What A Difference A Day Makes

YOU'VE CHANGED - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 You’ve Changed

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