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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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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.

Billie Holiday Karaoke Backing Tracks -Ain’t Nobody’s Business   …   All Of Me   …   All The Way   …   But Beautiful   …   Come Rain Or Come Shine   …   Crazy He Calls Me   …   Don’t Explain   …    Embraceable You   …   End Of A Love Affair   …   For All We Know   …   For Heaven’s Sake   …   Glad To Be Unhappy   …   Gloomy Sunday   …   God Bless The Child   …   Good Morning Heartache   …   He’s Funny That Way   …    I Am A Fool To Want You   …   I Din’t Know What Time It Was   …   If You Were Mine   …   I Get Along Without You Very Well   …   I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues   …   I Hear Music   …   I’ll Be Around   …   I’ll Be Seeing You   …   I Love My Man   …   I Only Have Eyes For You   …   It Might As Well Be Spring   …   It’s Easy To Remember   …   I Wished On The Moon   …   Just Friends   …   Lady Sings The Blues   …   Love Me Or Leave Me   …   Lover Man   …   Miss Brown To You   …    Misty   …    Moonlight In Vermont   …   My Man   …   Night And Day   …   No Regrets   …   Orange Coloured Sky   …   Say It Isn’t So   …   Solitude   …   Stormy Blues   …   Stormy Weather   …   Strange Fruit   …   Summertime   …   T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do   …   That Old Devil Called Love   …   Them There Eyes   …   These Foolish Things   …   The Very Thought Of You   …   Too Hot For Words   …   Trav-Lin-Light   …       Until The Real Thing Comes Along   …   What A Difference A Day Makes   …   What A Little Moonlight Can Do   …   What A Night What A Moon What A Boy   …   Willow Weep For Me   …   You Don’t Know What Love Is   …   You’ve Changed