Billie Holiday

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Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.

Critic John Bush wrote that Holiday "changed the art of American pop vocals forever." She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards, notably "God Bless the Child", "Don't Explain", "Fine and Mellow", and "Lady Sings the Blues". She also became famous for singing "Easy Living", "Good Morning Heartache", and "Strange Fruit", a protest song which became one of her standards and was made famous with her 1939 recording. Music critic Robert Christgau called her "uncoverable, possibly the greatest singer of the century".

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Discography

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1951 Lover Man Billie Holiday 3
1952 Billie Holiday Sings Billie Holiday 1
1953 An Evening With Billie Holiday Billie Holiday 1
1956 Lady Sings the Blues Billie Holiday 5
1957 Body and Soul Billie Holiday 2
1957 Songs for Distingué Lovers Billie Holiday 1
1958 Lady in Satin Billie Holiday 14
1959 Stay With Me Billie Holiday 2
1968 Billie Holiday's Greatest Hits Billie Holiday 1
1989 Strange Fruit Billie Holiday 2
1990 The Complete 1951 Storyville Club Sessions Billie Holiday 1
1992 Ballads Billie Holiday 1
1993 Jumpin' for Joy Teddy Wilson feat. Billie Holiday 1
1995 If You Were Mine Billie Holiday 1
1995 Lady Sings the Blues Billie Holiday 1
1995 Lady Sings the Blues: The Billie Holiday Story, Volume 4 Billie Holiday 1
1995 Feel The Blues Billie Holiday 1
1995 Always Billie Holiday 1
1995 Lady Sings the Blues: Original Sessions 1937-1947 Billie Holiday 1
1995 Love Me or Leave Me Billie Holiday 1
1996 God Bless the Child Billie Holiday 1
2004 Strange Fruit Billie Holiday 1
2006 Lady Sings the Blues Billie Holiday 1
2007 Billy's Blues Billie Holiday 1
2007 The Essential Billie Holiday Billie Holiday 1
2010 Lady in Satin (two album release: Lady in Satin / Last Recording) Billie Holiday 1
2011 Icon Billie Holiday 1
"Fine and Mellow" Billie Holiday 1
A Little Moonlight Billie Holiday 1
Billie's Blues Billie Holiday 1
Billie's Love Songs Billie Holiday 1
Don't Explain Billie Holiday 1
Eresco Jazz Session Billie Holiday 1
I Wish I Had You Billie Holiday 1
Jazz at the Philharmonic Billie Holiday 1
Lady in Satin Billie Holiday 1
Last Recording Billie Holiday 1
Stormy Weather Billie Holiday 1
Summertime - The Best of Billie Holiday Billie Holiday 1
The Essential Collection Billie Holiday 1
Time on My Hands Billie Holiday 1
Vintage Vaults Volume 3 Billie Holiday 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1959 All or Nothing at All Compilation Billie Holiday 2
1979 Fine and Mellow Compilation Billie Holiday 1
1983 Billie Holiday, Volume II Compilation Billie Holiday 1
1984 Verve Silver Collection Compilation Billie Holiday 4 1
1986 From the Original Decca Masters Compilation Billie Holiday 1
1986 Holiday Romance Compilation Billie Holiday 1
1986 The Billie Holiday Songbook Compilation Billie Holiday 1
1987 The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Volume 1: 1933-1935 Compilation Billie Holiday 1

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