Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years.  Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists,   Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Holiday had success with labels such as Columbia Records and Decca Records.  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. In 1986 a play (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill)  recounting some of the events in Billie Holiday’s life was launched in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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AIN'T NOBODY'S BUSINESS - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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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 HOLIDAY
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 All The Way

BUT BEAUTIFUL - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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But Beautiful

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

END OF A LOVE AFFAIR - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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End Of A Love Affair

FOR ALL WE KNOW - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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For All We Know

FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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For Heaven’s Sake

GLAD TO BE UNHAPPY - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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Glad To Be Unhappy

GLOOMY SUNDAY - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Gloomy Sunday

GOD BLESS THE CHILD - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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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 DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TIME IT WAS - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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I Din’t Know What Time It Was

IF YOU WERE MINE - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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If You Were Mine

I GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU VERY WELL - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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I Get Along Without You Very Well

I GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

I HEAR MUSIC - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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I Hear Music

I'LL BE AROUND - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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I’ll Be Around

I'LL BE SEEING YOU - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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I’ll Be Seeing You

I LOVE MY MAN - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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I Love My Man

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

IT'S EASY TO REMEMBER - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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It’s Easy To Remember

I WISHED ON THE MOON - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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I Wished On The Moon

JUST FRIENDS - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Just Friends

LADY SINGS THE BLUES - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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Lady Sings The Blues

LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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Love Me Or Leave Me

LOVER MAN - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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Lover Man

MISS BROWN TO YOU - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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Miss Brown To You

MISTY - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Misty

MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Moonlight In Vermont

MY MAN - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 My Man

NIGHT AND DAY - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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Night And Day

NO REGRETS - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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No Regrets

ORANGE COLOURED SKY - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Orange Coloured Sky

SAY IT ISN'T SO - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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Say It Isn’t So

SOLITUDE - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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Solitude

STORMY BLUES - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Stormy Blues

STORMY WEATHER - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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Stormy Weather

STRANGE FRUIT - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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Strange Fruit

SUMMERTIME - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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Summertime

T'AIN'T NOBODY'S BIZNESS IF I DO - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do

THAT OLD DEVIL CALLED LOVE - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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That Old Devil Called Love

THEM THERE EYES - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 Them There Eyes

THESE FOOLISH THINGS - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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These Foolish Things

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

TOO HOT FOR WORDS - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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Too Hot For Words

TRAV-LIN-LIGHT - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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Trav-Lin-Light

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

WHAT A LITTLE MOONLIGHT CAN DO - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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What A Little Moonlight Can Do

WHAT A NIGHT WHAT A MOON WHAT A BOY - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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What A Night What A Moon What A Boy

WILLOW WEEP FOR ME - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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Willow Weep For Me

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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You Don’t Know What Love Is

YOU'VE CHANGED - BILLIE HOLIDAY
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 You’ve Changed

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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.

Although she was still a successful concert performer throughout the 1950s,  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 due to her damaged voice, but were still a reasonable 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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