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  VH1.com : Billie Holiday : Biography - Urge Music Downloads
Billie Holiday's highly stylized reading of this blues tradition revolutionized traditional pop, ripping the decades-long tradition of song plugging in two by refusing to compromise her artistry for either the song or the band.
Billie Holiday's chaotic life reportedly began in Baltimore on April 7, 1915 (a few reports say 1912) when she was born Eleanora Fagan Gough.
Holiday was sentenced to Catholic reform school at the age of ten, reportedly after she admitted being raped.
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 Billie Holiday - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Holiday was working for Columbia in the late 1930's when she was introduced to a song entitled "Strange Fruit," which began as a poem about the lynching of a fl man written by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish schoolteacher from the Bronx.
Holiday later said that the imagery in "Strange Fruit" reminded her of her father's death, and that this played a role in her persistence to perform it.
Holiday remained under police guard at the hospital until she died from cirrhosis of the liver on July 17, 1959 at the age of 44.
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 Billie Holiday MP3 Downloads - Billie Holiday Music Downloads - Billie Holiday Music Videos
Billie Holiday's highly stylized reading of this blues tradition revolutionized traditional pop, ripping the decades-long tradition of song plugging in two by refusing to compromise her artistry for either the song or the band.
Billie Holiday's chaotic life reportedly began in Baltimore on April 7, 1915 (a few reports say 1912) when she was born Eleanora Fagan Gough.
Holiday was sentenced to Catholic reform school at the age of ten, reportedly after she admitted being raped.
www.mp3.com /billie-holiday/artists/42214/biography.html   (1825 words)

  
 Billie Holiday - Voyager, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Billie Holiday's parents married when she was three, but they soon divorced, leaving her to be raised largely by her mother and other relatives.
Holiday was a dabbler in recreational drug use for most of her life, smoking marijuana, by some accounts, as early as twelve or thirteen years of age.
Billie Holiday remained under police guard until she died from cirrhosis of the liver on July 17, 1959 at the age of 44.
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 Billie Holiday   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Holiday’s later years were marred by drug problems and her records were consequently uneven in quality.
Holiday moved to New York as a teenager and took her first singing jobs in the early thirties, record producer John Hammond, impressed with her vocal abilities, got Holiday her first recording session with Benny Goodman.
Holiday signed with Decca records in 1944, and her records followed the label’s pop-orientated policy, tracks such as ‘Lover Man’, ‘Don’t Explain’ and ‘Porgy’ were outstanding.
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 Billie Holiday   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
The first Jazz singer I ever heard was Billie Holiday and I was moved by her honesty in her lyrics and her way of conveying deep rooted emotions in all of her songs.
Billie Holiday is and was a beautiful woman who had love for the people, and testified for them with her haunting performances of "Strange Fruit," "God Bless The Child," and "Hush Now, Don't Explain." The people will always remember her, because she always remembered us.
Billie Holiday actually has a very yin voice, and I was amazed to find that even though it is very yin, it is very balanced.
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 HOLIDAY, Billie : MusicWeb Encyclopaedia of Popular Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Her father, Clarence Holiday, played banjo and guitar for Fletcher Henderson; he was proud of her success but had little influnce on her.
It is not true that the songs were second-rate; she and Wilson chose the ones she liked best from a stack of 30 or 40 for each recording session, and many of them were hits at the time; they were all current pop songs and nobody knew which ones would become standards.
The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve 1945--1959 on ten CDs was a fan's bonanza, with live tracks including Newport and Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts, very informal rehearsal sessions, all the Norman Granz studio tracks, the European concert and the last album with Ray Ellis.
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 Billie Holiday - Wikiquote
Holiday varied the lyrics of this and other songs in her renditions of them; included are some of the major passages of some of the variants.
Billie Holiday's voice was the voice of living intensity of soul in the true sense of that greatly abused word.
Billie's voice was shot, though the gardenia in her hair was as fresh as usual.
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 Billie Holiday - Wikipedia
Billie Holiday was is de dochter van gitarist Clarence Holiday en Sadie Fagan.
Holiday werd bekend doordat ze een voor die tijd ongekende eigen stijl had.
Holiday legde vaak accenten na de tel, waardoor de liedjes die ze zong een swingender en dramatischer karakter kregen.
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 Billie Holiday Biography
Billie Holiday was born in Baltimore in 1915.
Holiday's mother, Sadie, was still a teenager at the time and found it hard to cope with a child, often leaving Billie with uncaring relatives who it is said, often abused her.
Holiday would pour her heart and soul into every song and it was her unique ability to interpret a lyric that made her stand out.
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 Billie Holiday   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Clarence abandoned the family and Billie's mother left her in the care of relatives who were mostly indifferent to the young child.
Billie was already abusing alcohol and marijuana and Joe got her hooked on heroin.
Billie died on July 17, 1959 of heart and liver disease caused by her drug and alcohol addiction.
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 Billie Holiday's grave
Holiday was working for Columbia in the late 1930's when she was introduced to a song entitled "Strange Fruit," which began as a poem about the lynching of a fl man written by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish schoolteacher from the Bronx.
Holiday later said that the imagery in "Strange Fruit" reminded her of her father's death, and that this played a role in her persistence to perform it.
Holiday remained under police guard at the hospital until she died from cirrhosis of the liver on July 17, 1959 at the age of 44.
www.hollywoodusa.co.uk /GravesOutofLA/billieholiday.htm   (2022 words)

  
 Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday will always be admired for her ability to communicate the underlying tragedy of life in a song.
Wilson recognized Holiday’s intuitive rapport with the saxophone and was probably most responsible for her initial pairing with tenor saxophonist Lester Young in 1937.
Billie’s first husband, Jimmy Monroe, was speculated to have introduced her to heroin and opium.
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 Billie Holiday - Jazz’s First Diva
Billie Holiday is generally regarded by knowledgeable jazz enthusiasts to be the greatest female singer in jazz, although a novice listener may at first find this hard to understand.
Holiday had a small voice, did not belt out songs the way the blues queens before her had, lacked the musicality of Ella Fitzgerald, and, unlike Ella, never scatted in her singing.
The Billie Holiday Estate states that “Billie Holiday’s grandfather was one of 17 children of a fl Virginia slave and a white Irish plantation owner.
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 Jazz . Jazz Greats . Billie Holiday | PBS KIDS GO!
Billie Holiday (1915-1959) was born in Baltimore, Maryland.
She moved Billie to a room in an apartment house where she was once again left to fend for herself.
Billie tried to be a dancer in a Harlem nightclub but was turned down by the owner.
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 Billie Holiday   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Much of Billie Holiday's childhood is clouded by conjecture and legend, some of it propagated by herself in her autobiography published in 1956.
Billie Holiday's parents married when she was three, but they soon divorced.
Holiday was a dabbler in recreational drug use for most of her life, smoking marijuana, in some accounts, as early as twelve or thirteen years of age.
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 PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Billie Holiday
Holiday joined Count Basie in 1937 and Artie Shaw in 1938, becoming one of the first fl singers to be featured with a white orchestra.
Holiday is often considered the foremost female singer in jazz history, a view substantiated by her influence on later singers.
More than nearly any other singer, Holiday phrased her performances in the manner of a jazz instrumental soloist, and accordingly she has to be seen as a complete jazz musician and not merely a singer.
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 Billie Holiday
Holiday's case, that proved to be no easy task...possibly because her addictions may have altered her own version of the truth, and also because as a woman of color in the pre-civil rights era, no one bothered to find out the real story.
Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan Gough on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, PA--some accounts say Baltimore, MD. Her father, Clarence Holiday, was a teenaged jazz guitarist who would later feature in Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra in the late 1920's.
Billie was not one to suffer deliberate career slights and racial indignities gracefully, and both gigs ended painfully for her...though she would remain amicable friends with both Count Basie and Artie Shaw, who at the time were essentially powerless to stop the cruel--if standard for the time--treatment Billie received from others.
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 American Masters . Billie Holiday | PBS
Raised primarily by her mother, Holiday had only a tenuous connection with her father, who was a jazz guitarist in Fletcher Henderson’s band.
When she was twelve, Holiday moved with her mother to Harlem, where she was eventually arrested for prostitution.
In 1959, after the death of her good friend Lester Young and with almost nothing to her name, Billie Holiday died at the age of forty-four.
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 Today in History: April 7
Jazz singer Billie Holiday was born on April 7, 1915, in Baltimore, Maryland.
The liner notes to Immortal Sessions of Billie Holiday describe her 1939 rendition of Lewis Allan's "Strange Fruit," a composition about lynching, is "…the most anguished and harrowing expression of protest against man's inhumanity to man that has ever been made in the form of vocal jazz."
Billie Holiday is one of several singers photographed by critic and photographer Carl Van Vechten included in Creative Americans: Portraits by Van Vechten, 1932-1964.
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 Billie Holiday Discography&Biography, Billie Holiday Biography &CDs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
One of the greatest vocalists of the 20th century, Billie Holiday was the first popular jazz singer to incorporate the personal emotion of the blues.
Holiday joined a group of Goodman's and her first song to be released was "Your Mother's Son-In-Law." She recorded sessions in 1935 with bands led by pianist Teddy Wilson and including trumpeter Roy Eldridge, alto Johnny Hodges, and tenors Ben Webster and Chu Berry.
Holiday began singing at Café Society and it was there she was introduced to her signature song, "Strange Fruit." Written by Café Society regular Lewis Allen, "Strange Fruit" was a evocative song about racism and lynching.
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 ArtandCulture Artist: Billie Holiday   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Billie Holiday's troubled life colored every phrase she sang, and she brought her listeners to moments of joy that soothed the worst heartache.
Holiday's adult life was marred by racism, self-destructive relationships with abusive and manipulative men, and legal troubles stemming from the heroin and alcohol addictions that killed her at age 44.
Holiday played her voice like a horn, seeking to emulate her early idols but ending up with an unforgettable sound all her own.
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 Billie Holiday St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture - Find Articles
Billie Holiday, certainly one of the foremost American song stylists and often called the greatest American jazz singer,; was born Eleanora Harris on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia.
After her birth to Sadie Harris, the facts about Billie are often in dispute,; due in large part to Billie's own tendency to spin tales about her life that have small kernels of truth but cannot be accepted wholesale as fact.
It would be a mistake to focus on Billie Holiday as a singer ruined by addictions, yet there is no doubt her appetites shortened her life and harmed her voice.
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 Billie Holiday biography
Billie "Lady Day" Holiday was born in Baltimore in 1915.
She poured her heart and soul into every song and her ability to interpret a song and make you feel it was unheard of.
While it is more commonplace today, Billie Holiday pioneered the style, and this is how she took ordinary 2nd-rate songs and made them extraordinary.
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 WHAT'S MY STYLE — Billie Holiday
Deserted by her father at a young age and forced to work from the age of 6 on, Billie Holiday or "Lady Day" grew to become one of the most legendary jazz singers of all time.
When Billie was six years of age her grandmother died and the family blamed the death on Billie's behavior.
"Billie Holiday's voice was the voice of living intensity of soul in the true sense of that greatly abused word.
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 All Things Deep - Reviews - Billie Holiday reissues feature
Billie Holiday's majestic delivery, piercing voice and incomparable interpretative skills made her one of America's greatest and most influential vocalists, even though she lacked both range and power.
When Holiday cut the tune in 1939, lynching was a prominent part of this nation's fabric, and her expressive rendition made Lewis Allan's words crackle with intensity and anger.
The set also includes her own piece "Billie's Blues," plus wonderful versions of "St. Louis Blues" and "Night and Day." Billie Holiday¹s incomparable singing skills defy categorization, but these discs show she was a master in any style or genre.
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