Legal name: Eleanora Fagan Gough

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Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), better known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz singer with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills, which made up for her limited range and lack of formal music education.

After a turbulent childhood, Holiday began singing in nightclubs in Harlem, where she was heard by the producer John Hammond, who commended her voice. She signed a recording contract with Brunswick Records in 1935. Collaborations with Teddy Wilson yielded the hit "What a Little Moonlight Can Do", which became a jazz standard. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Holiday had mainstream success on labels such as Columbia Records and Decca Records. By the late 1940s, however, she was beset with legal troubles and drug abuse. After a short prison sentence, she performed at a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall, but her reputation deteriorated because of her drug and alcohol problems.

Though she was a successful concert performer throughout the 1950s with two further sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall, Holiday's bad health, coupled with a string of abusive relationships and ongoing drug and alcohol abuse, caused her voice to wither. Her final recordings were met with mixed reaction to her damaged voice but were mild commercial successes. Her final album, Lady in Satin, was released in 1958. Holiday died of cirrhosis on July 17, 1959. A posthumous album, Last Recording, was released following her death.

Much of Holiday's material has been rereleased since her death. She is considered a legendary performer with an ongoing influence on American music. She is the recipient of four Grammy Awards, all of them posthumous awards for Best Historical Album. Holiday was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1973. Lady Sings the Blues, a film about her life, starring Diana Ross, was released in 1972. She is the primary character in the play and later the film Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill; the role was originated by Reenie Upchurch in 1986 and was played by Audra McDonald on Broadway and in the film.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Great Love Songs of the 1940s Various Artists 1
2014 Late Night Jazz Various Artists 1
2014 Le Jour J : Les chansons de la victoire Various Artists 1
2014 Prima Divas Various Artists 1
2014 Roots of Soul 1928-1962 Various Artists 1
2014 The Real… Jazz: The Ultimate Jazz Collection Various Artists 1
2015 The Many Faces of The Doors Various Artists 2
2015 Silver Linings: Songs of a Lifetime Various Artists 1
2015 Ultimate Divas Various Artists 1
2015 The Very Best of the Irving Berlin Songbook Irving Berlin 1
2015 Christmas With Ella & Friends Various Artists 1
2015 Golden Jazz Box - The Six Best Albums From the Six Best Ladies of Jazz Various Artists 1
2015 Queens of Vocal Jazz Various Artists 1
2015 SWING - 40 songs from the masters of swing Various Artists 1
2015 The Real… Blues: The Ultimate Collection Various Artists 1
2015 The Very Best of the Cole Porter Songbook Various Artists 1
2016 Ultimate Voices Various Artists 1
2016 Die Hit-Giganten: Best of Swing & Jazz Various Artists 1
2016 Mississippi Juke Joint Blues (9th September 1941) Various Artists 1
2016 Soul Sisters Remixed - Speakeasy vol.5 by Don Mescal Speakeasy Electro Swing 1
2016 Christmas Cafe Various Artists 1
2016 Joyful Jazz! Christmas With Verve, Vol. 1 Various Artists 1
2016 Len Goodman’s Crooners & Swooners Various Artists 1
2016 Joyful Jazz! Christmas with Verve, volume 1: the Vocalists! Various Artists 1
2016 Tea for Two Cafe Jazz Various Artists 1
2017 The Many Faces of Rod Stewart Various Artists 1
2017 קול הג'אז הזה Various Artists 1
2018 Soul Woman Various Artists 1
2018 The Kings and Queens of Swing Various Artists 1
!PROTEST! American Protest Songs 1928 - 1953 Various Artists 1
'round Midnight: 20 More Cool Cuts on the Lighter Side of Jazz Various Artists 1
[Songs by Cole Porter and George Gershwin] Various Artists 1
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Jazz Various Artists 1
25 Blues 'n' Soul Greats, Volume 1 Various Artists 2
25 Blues 'N' Soul Greats, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
25 Unforgettable Memories, Part 1 Various Artists 1
25 Unforgettable Memories, Part 2 Various Artists 1
100 Blues 'n' Soul Greats Various Artists 1
100% Cole Porter - The Greatest Songs of the Legendary Composer Various Artists 1
100% Movie Classics Various Artists 1
100% Smoking Club Various Artists 1
A Jazz Romance: A Night in With Verve Various Artists 1
A Time to Remember: 1936 Various Artists 1
A Time to Remember: 1942 Various Artists 1
A Tribute to George Gershwin Various Artists 1
After Hours: Mellow Jazz Moods Various Artists 1
Ahora Jazz Various Artists 1
All About Jazz Stars Various Artists 1
All That Jazz Various Artists 1
All That Jazz Various Artists 1
American Songbook Various Artists 1
Anatomy of Music, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Artie and the Singers Artie Shaw 1
As Time Goes By Various Artists 1
Autour de minuit Various Artists 1
Basic Jazz, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
BBC Jazz: Classic Cuts From 80 Years of Jazz Various Artists 1
BBC Radio 2: More Songs of the Century Various Artists 1
Best of Blues, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
Best of Blues, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Best of the Blues Various Artists 1
Big Bands of the Swinging Years Various Artists 3
Big Bands of the Swinging Years Various Artists 1
Blues & Soul Volume One Various Artists 1
Blues & Soul Volume Three Various Artists 1
Blues & Soul Volume Two Various Artists 1
Blues in History IV Various Artists 1
Blues N Soul Greats 4 Various Artists 1
Body and Soul Various Artists 1
Caffé Cappuccino Various Artists 1
Chillout on Blue Note Various Artists 1
Classic American Music Various Artists 1
Classic Jazz, Jazz Masters Various Artists 1
Classic Memories Volume 1 Various Artists 1
Cocktail Jazz: Various Vocal Artists Various Artists 1
Columbia Jazz Masterpieces: The Singers (The 1940s) Various Artists 1
Cool Jazzin Various Artists 1
Cool Ladies of Jazz and Blues Various Artists 1
Cornerstones: Sony Legacy CD Sampler Various Artists 1
Desert Island Discs: Music You Gotta Have Various Artists 2
Dinner Jazz - American Classics Various Artists 1
Divas of Jazz Various Artists 1
Divas of Jazz, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
Eddie Bauer: H Is for Holiday, a Seasonal Collection of Rhythm and Blues Various Artists 1
Elite Jazz Various Artists 1
Essential Jazz Various Artists 1
Essential Jazz: 14 Classic Jazz Tracks Various Artists 1
Essentiel Jazz Various Artists 1
Evergreens & Superhits Various Artists 1
Fever - Get Hip to the Cool Vibes Various Artists 1
G.I Jukebox Jive: V-Disc, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
George Gershwin: The Ultimate Collection George Gershwin 2
Giants of Jazz Various Artists 1
Giants of Jazz Sampler Various Artists 1
Glazbeni primjeri 4. vrste Various Artists 1
Gold Encore Series: Songbirds Various Artists 1
Great Jazz Giants: Smooth Jazz, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
Great Ladies of Jazz Various Artists 1
Great Stars and Their Greatest Songs Various Artists 1
Great Vocalists: The Jazz Singers Various Artists 1

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