Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan Gough, Philadelphia, PA, April 7, 1915 – New York City, NY, July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter.
Nicknamed Lady Day by her loyal friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday was a highly original influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. Above all, she was admired for her deeply personal and intimate approach to singing. Read more on Last.fm
2002 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billie Holiday
2000 Ken Burns Jazz: Billie Holiday
1999 V Disc: A Musical Contribution By America's Best (For Our Armed Forces Overseas)
1996 Love Songs: Billie Holiday
1992 The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve 1945-1959
1988 Billie's Blues
1980 Billie, Ella, Lena, Sarah
1961 The Essential Billie Holiday: Carnegie Hall Concert Recorded Live
1959 Billie Holiday
1958 At Newport (Live)
1958 Stay With Me
1958 Lady In Satin (The Centennial Edition)
1958 Lady In Satin
1958 All or Nothing At All
1957 Songs for Distingué Lovers
1957 Billie Holiday
1957 Body and Soul
1956 Velvet Mood
1955 Music for Torching
1954 Billie Holiday At Jazz At the Philharmonic (Live)
1945 Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia 1933-1944, Vol. 8
1940 Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia 1933-1944, Vol. 9
1940 Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia 1933-1944, Vol. 10
1939 Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia 1933-1944, Vol. 6
1938 Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia 1933-1944, Vol. 5
1937 A Musical Romance
1937 Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia 1933-1944, Vol. 4
1937 Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia 1933-1944, Vol. 3
1936 Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia 1933-1944, Vol. 2
1936 Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia 1933-1944, Vol. 7
1935 Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia (1933-1944)
1933 Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia 1933-1944, Vol. 1
Jul 20, 2018
As beautiful as the music she gave us. This photo shoot of #BillieHoliday was right around the time she first recorded her superb renditions of “These Foolish Things“ “Summertime“ “A Fine Romance“ "The Way You Look Tonight“ and her own classic composition “Billie’s Blues“.
Photo by Robin Carson c.1936
Jul 17, 2018
#BillieHoliday lives on forever in our hearts. Her swing, her soul, her courage and the tidal wave of emotions she brought to us are not dissipated fully 61 years after her passing. (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959)
Jul 17, 2018
Jul 17, 2018
For 8 weeks, 7 days a week, 5 shows daily, 40 minute sets, every 3 hours! Count Basie Orchestra, #LadyDay & Key Largo set a Warner Strand Theater box office record, opening today in 1948. But as Billie put it, "You can go dressing room crazy." #LaurenBacall #HumphreyBogart #TCMParty
Jul 05, 2018
Jul 04, 2018
One of the greatest music partnerships in all history, and yet so few photos of them together. Here they are: #BillieHoliday & #LesterYoung. What is left for us but their indelible music?
Also pictured: (l-r) Coleman Hawkins, Gerry Mulligan at The Sound of Jazz TV shoot, New York, December 8, 1957.
Jun 28, 2018
Look what we found! #LadyDay promo photo from the early 40’s by Robin Carson for her agency Associated Booking. From the E. Azalia Hackley Collection at the #detroitpubliclibrary
Jun 28, 2018
"Billie Holiday will forever be the queen of slow-burn jazz singing, but here she stretches and impresses within that spine-tingling realm." Billie's Deep Cuts playlist courtesy of Apple Music
Apr 15, 2018
Join us in welcoming Nina Simone into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today!
Apr 07, 2018
Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan) entered this world on April 7th 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In her short 44 years with us here on earth, she blessed us with a devotion to family, friends and food, a deeply abiding love for her pets and revealed an emotional reach to music that still lights the way for lovers and the broken-hearted everywhere, 103 years later! Happy birthday Lady Day! 🎂
Apr 01, 2018
"For heaven's sake, let's fall in love
It's no mistake to call it love
An angel's holding hands with me
How heavenly heaven can be"
Mar 28, 2018
Billie Holiday's slow mournful phrasing made her one of Jazz's most influential singers, and her tender legacy lives on in modern vocalists like Cassandra Wilson, who renders "Good Morning Heartache" at a spooky simmer. But it's just as fascinating to hear other late legends pay tribute, from Sam Cooke's breezy take on the melancholic "Solitude" to Frank Sinatra's gorgeous elegy "Lady Day".
What's your fave 'inspired by Billie' cover?
Feb 14, 2018
Lady Day's songs for all the distingué lovers out there!
"Then I kiss your lips, and the pounding becomes
An oceans roar, a thousand drums
Can't you see it's love, can there be any doubt
When there it is, day in - day out"
Feb 09, 2018
"I guess I'll go thru life just catchin' colds and missin' planes
Everything happens to me,
I never miss a thing..."
Jan 30, 2018
This is "Strange Fruit", a protest song that Billie Holiday very bravely performed first at the Cafe Society in 1939 under grave threats and at high personal cost. Her original recording label blanched at the prospect of recording it, sending Billie to Milt Gabler's Commodore Records (a 1930's record store turned indie record label). She would later record "Strange Fruit" again for her 1956 classic album, Lady Sings The Blues.
This song (originally a poem written by Abel Meeropol) has been inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame, Time Magazine called it the Song of the Century, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution listed the song as #1 on the "100 Songs of the South" and the Library of Congress has added to the National Recording Registry.
The chilling power of "Strange Fruit" would be born again when Nina Simone recorded her cover in 1965 (it's Nina's version sampled on Kanye West’s “Blood on the Leaves” featured on his 2013 release Yeezus) and over the years a diverse in every since of the word roster of artists have supported Billie and Abel's first stand in covering "Strange Fruit", one of the first profound protest songs.
Jan 18, 2018
The Recording Academy / GRAMMYs has included Billie's "My Man" into the GRAMMY 2018 Hall of Fame! Originally recorded in 1937 for Brunswick, "My Man" would become an evergreen song in Billie's repertoire. She would visit it again for Norman Granz's new label after the introduction of 10" vinyl and the song was an important part of her live set, appearing on her Live At The Newport Jazz Festival and Essential Billie Holiday: Carnegie Hall Concert albums.
"He's not much on looks
He's no hero out of books
But I love him
Yes, I love him"
Listen to "My Man" at your preferred streaming service! http://smarturl.it/BHMyMan
Dec 17, 2017
Billie Holiday - I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Dec 12, 2017
The Grammy Hall of Fame album The Lady Sings The Blues. Every song on this album is iconic! Available on 180-gram vinyl as part of the new Classic Lady Day vinyl box set.
Listen again to Billie in 1956 here at Spotify, Apple or Amazon: http://smarturl.it/BHLadySingsBlues
There are many who would agree that classic jazz from the 1950s sounds best when played on the medium it was originally intended for - namely, the vinyl LP. Billie Holiday – Classic Lady Day is the new vinyl box set containing five of her most enduring albums, mastered on 180-gram vinyl, and presented in authentic period sleeves that reproduce the original artwork.
Classic Lady Day catches up with Holiday at the dawn of the LP age in the 1950s when she recorded for the Clef and Verve labels founded by jazz impresario and producer, Norman Granz. The opening album in the set is 1957's Solitude: Songs By Billie Holiday, which was first issued in 1952 as a 10-inch LP called Billie Holiday Sings for Granz's Clef imprint. It's a delightful small group session where Holiday's beguiling voice is framed by sympathetic and lightly-swinging arrangements played by sidemen that include pianist Oscar Peterson and guitarist Barney Kessell. Holiday's mournful version of Duke Ellington's immortal “Solitude,” with Charlie Shavers on trumpet, is particularly arresting. Holiday also puts her own inimitable stamp on the standards “You Go To My Head” and “These Foolish Things.”
A Recital By Billie Holiday is a 1956 compilation that includes fine readings of “What A Little Moonlight Can Do” and “Stormy Weather,” while Velvet Moods - Songs By Billie Holiday issued the same year on Clef contains “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and “I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues.” Also issued in 1956 was Holiday's most famous album, Lady Sings The Blues, which she released to coincide with the publication of her same-titled autobiography. It contains the classic title song - co-written by the singer - and another original iconic tune, “God Bless The Child.” Another highlight is her haunting version of American writer Lewis Allan's provocative but poignant anti-lynching poem set to music, “Strange Fruit.” Classic Lady Day concludes with the 1958 Verve LP, All Or Nothing At All, released a year before the singer's death. It contains memorable performances of “April In Paris,” “Sophisticated Lady,” and “Love Is Here To Stay.”
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Nov 23, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving! Here is how Miss Billie Holiday spent her Thanksgiving in 1957!
Nov 11, 2017
Lady Sings The Blues at Carnegie Hall - November 10 1956
Nov 06, 2017
Billie's "No More" and "You Better Go Now", both from 1956's The Lady Sings are featured in season two of Netflix's Stranger Things!
Listen to Billie in 1956: http://smarturl.it/BillieIn1956