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Billie Holiday

Born: Apr 7, 1915 in Baltimore, MD
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Died: Jul 17, 1959 in New York, NY
Genre: Jazz, Pop/Rock, Blues
Biography: The first popular jazz singer to move audiences with the intense, personal feeling of classic blues, Billie Holiday changed the art of American pop vocals forever. More than a half-century after her death, it's difficult to believe that prior to her emergence, jazz and pop singers were tied to the Tin ...Read full biography
Lady in Satin
Released: 1958
Label: Sony Music Distribution
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This is the most controversial of all Billie Holiday records. Lady Day herself said that this session (which finds her accompanied by Ray Ellis' string orchestra) was her personal favorite, and many listeners ...Read full review
Stay With Me
Released: 1959
Label: Verve Records
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A '91 reissue from late in Billie Holiday's career. She was fading, but hadn't lost the dramatic quality in her delivery, nor her ability to project and tell a shattering story. She's backed by trumpeter ...Read full review
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