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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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1958 The Sound of Jazz Various Artists 2
1978 Great Vocalists of the Big Band Era Various Artists 1
1989 Jazz Club Vocal Various Artists 1
1990 C'est si bon Louis Armstrong 3
1992 Divas of Jazz Various Artists 1
1992 Sentimental Journey Various Artists 1
1994 Jazz Moods Various Artists 1
1996 Best of the Blues Various Artists 1
1997 On Holiday Tony Bennett 1
1997 Ross Porter's After Hours With Verve Various Artists 1
1997 the ladies of jazz & blues Various Artists 1
1997 The Ladies of Jazz & Blues Various Artists 1
1998 George Gershwin: 'S Wonderful - The Great Decca Songbook Various Artists 1
1999 Men Are Like Street Cars... Women Blues Singers 1928-1969 Various Artists 1
2000 Great Women of Song Various Artists 1
2001 Voices of the Century Various Artists 1
2001 The Saxophone Player Gerry Mulligan 1
2004 Stray Cats Ball: No Dogs Allowed Various Artists 1
2005 Another Great Tomato Blues Package Various Artists 1
2005 Ladies in Love Various Artists 1
2006 Claude Challe Presents Just Good Music Selected by Jean-Marc Challe Claude Challe 1
2006 The Ultimate Vocal Collection (The Ladies) Various Artists 1
2007 The Golden Years of Jazz Volume 9 Various Artists 1
2007 Jazz Divas: Gold Various Artists 1
2008 Jazz for Lovers, Volume 01 Various Artists 1
2009 Uncut: London Pride - 15 Capital Music Moments Various Artists 1
2009 Riceboy Sleeps Jónsi & Alex 2.5 6
2009 White Mink : Black Cotton (Electro Swing versus Speakeasy Jazz) Various Artists 1
2011 Bar Jazz Various Artists 1
2011 Jazz Divas, The Very Best Of Various Artists 1
2011 Lady Jazz [Disc 1] Various Artists 1
2012 Essential Christmas: Original Hits By The Original Artists Various Artists 1
2013 The Best Versions of Summer Time Various Artists 1
2013 La noche más larga Buika 1
25 Blues 'N' Soul Greats Volume 3 Various Artists 1
50's Here's to the ladies Various Artists 1
American Songbook Series: Frank Loesser Various Artists 1
Dinner Party Jazz Various Artists 1
Jazz Legends Various Artists 1
Solid Gone Blues Various Artists 1
That's Amore Various Artists 1
The Very Best Of - CD1 - From Past... Various Artists 1
Tribute to Norah Jones Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1984 American Popular Song Compilation Various Artists 1
1986 CBS Jazz Masterpieces - Sampler, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
1986 Columbia Jazz Masterpieces - Sampler, Volume One Compilation Various Artists 1
1986 Low Lights & Trick Mirrors Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 Compact Jazz: The Sampler Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 CBS Jazz Masterpieces: Sampler, Volume 2 Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 Moonlighting Compilation Various Artists 1

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