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Billie Holiday

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 Pan Alley tradition and rarely personalized their songs; only blues singers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey actually gave the impression they had lived through what they were singing. 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. She made clear her debts to Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong (in her autobiography she admitted, "I always wanted Bessie's big sound and Pops' feeling"), but in truth her style was virtually her own, quite a shock in an age of interchangeable crooners and band singers.

With her spirit shining through on every recording, Holiday's technical expertise also excelled in comparison to the great majority of her contemporaries. Often bored by the tired old Tin Pan Alley songs she was forced to record early in her career, Holiday fooled around with the beat and the melody, phrasing behind the beat and often rejuvenating the standard melody with harmonies borrowed from her favorite horn players, Armstrong and Lester Young. (She often said she tried to sing like a horn.) Her notorious private life -- a series of abusive relationships, substance addictions, and periods of depression -- undoubtedly assisted her legendary status, but Holiday's best performances ("Lover Man," "Don't Explain," "Strange Fruit," her own composition "God Bless the Child") remain among the most sensitive and accomplished vocal performances ever recorded. More than technical ability, more than purity of voice, what made Billie Holiday one of the best vocalists of the century -- easily the equal of Ella Fitzgerald or Frank Sinatra -- was her relentlessly individualist temperament, a quality that colored every one of her endlessly nuanced performances.

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. Her father, Clarence Holiday, was a teenaged jazz guitarist and banjo player later to play in Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra. He never married her mother, Sadie Fagan, and left while his daughter was still a baby. (She would later run into him in New York, and though she contracted many guitarists for her sessions before his death in 1937, she always avoided using him.) Holiday's mother was also a young teenager at the time, and whether because of inexperience or neglect, often left her daughter with uncaring relatives. Holiday was sentenced to Catholic reform school at the age of ten, reportedly after she admitted being raped. Though sentenced to stay until she became an adult, a family friend helped get her released after just two years. With her mother, she moved in 1927, first to New Jersey and soon after to Brooklyn.

In New York, Holiday helped her mother with domestic work, but soon began moonlighting as a prostitute for the additional income. According to the weighty Billie Holiday legend (which gained additional credence after her notoriously apocryphal autobiography Lady Sings the Blues), her big singing break came in 1933 when a laughable dancing audition at a speakeasy prompted her accompanist to ask her if she could sing. In fact, Holiday was most likely singing at clubs all over New York City as early as 1930-31. Whatever the true story, she first gained some publicity in early 1933, when record producer John Hammond -- only three years older than Holiday herself, and just at the beginning of a legendary career -- wrote her up in a column for Melody Maker and brought Benny Goodman to one of her performances. After recording a demo at Columbia Studios, Holiday joined a small group led by Goodman to make her commercial debut on November 27, 1933 with "Your Mother's Son-In-Law."

Though she didn't return to the studio for over a year, Billie Holiday spent 1934 moving up the rungs of the competitive New York bar scene. By early 1935, she made her debut at the Apollo Theater and appeared in a one-reeler film with Duke Ellington. During the last half of 1935, Holiday finally entered the studio again and recorded a total of four sessions. With a pick-up band supervised by pianist Teddy Wilson, she recorded a series of obscure, forgettable songs straight from the gutters of Tin Pan Alley -- in other words, the only songs available to an obscure black band during the mid-'30s. (During the swing era, music publishers kept the best songs strictly in the hands of society orchestras and popular white singers.) Despite the poor song quality, Holiday and various groups (including trumpeter Roy Eldridge, alto Johnny Hodges, and tenors Ben Webster and Chu Berry) energized flat songs like "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "Twenty-Four Hours a Day" and "If You Were Mine" (to say nothing of "Eeny Meeny Miney Mo" and "Yankee Doodle Never Went to Town"). The great combo playing and Holiday's increasingly assured vocals made them quite popular on Columbia, Brunswick and Vocalion.

During 1936, Holiday toured with groups led by Jimmie Lunceford and Fletcher Henderson, then returned to New York for several more sessions. In late January 1937, she recorded several numbers with a small group culled from one of Hammond's new discoveries, Count Basie's Orchestra. Tenor Lester Young, who'd briefly known Billie several years earlier, and trumpeter Buck Clayton were to become especially attached to Holiday. The three did much of their best recorded work together during the late '30s, and Holiday herself bestowed the nickname Pres on Young, while he dubbed her Lady Day for her elegance. By the spring of 1937, she began touring with Basie as the female complement to his male singer, Jimmy Rushing. The association lasted less than a year, however. Though officially she was fired from the band for being temperamental and unreliable, shadowy influences higher up in the publishing world reportedly commanded the action after she refused to begin singing '20s female blues standards.

At least temporarily, the move actually benefited Holiday -- less than a month after leaving Basie, she was hired by Artie Shaw's popular band. She began singing with the group in 1938, one of the first instances of a black female appearing with a white group. Despite the continuing support of the entire band, however, show promoters and radio sponsors soon began objecting to Holiday -- based on her unorthodox singing style almost as much as her race. After a series of escalating indignities, Holiday quit the band in disgust. Yet again, her judgment proved valuable; the added freedom allowed her to take a gig at a hip new club named Café Society, the first popular nightspot with an inter-racial audience. There, Billie Holiday learned the song that would catapult her career to a new level: "Strange Fruit."

The standard, written by Café Society regular Lewis Allen and forever tied to Holiday, is an anguished reprisal of the intense racism still persistent in the South. Though Holiday initially expressed doubts about adding such a bald, uncompromising song to her repertoire, she pulled it off thanks largely to her powers of nuance and subtlety. "Strange Fruit" soon became the highlight of her performances. Though John Hammond refused to record it (not for its politics but for its overly pungent imagery), he allowed Holiday a bit of leverage to record for Commodore, the label owned by jazz record-store owner Milt Gabler. Once released, "Strange Fruit" was banned by many radio outlets, though the growing jukebox industry (and the inclusion of the excellent "Fine and Mellow" on the flip) made it a rather large, though controversial, hit. She continued recording for Columbia labels until 1942, and hit big again with her most famous composition, 1941's "God Bless the Child." Gabler, who also worked A&R for Decca, signed her to the label in 1944 to record "Lover Man," a song written especially for her and her third big hit. Neatly side-stepping the musician's union ban that afflicted her former label, Holiday soon became a priority at Decca, earning the right to top-quality material and lavish string sections for her sessions. She continued recording scattered sessions for Decca during the rest of the '40s, and recorded several of her best-loved songs including Bessie Smith's "'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do," "Them There Eyes," and "Crazy He Calls Me."

Though her artistry was at its peak, Billie Holiday's emotional life began a turbulent period during the mid-'40s. Already heavily into alcohol and marijuana, she began smoking opium early in the decade with her first husband, Johnnie Monroe. The marriage didn't last, but hot on its heels came a second marriage to trumpeter Joe Guy and a move to heroin. Despite her triumphant concert at New York's Town Hall and a small film role -- as a maid (!) -- with Louis Armstrong in 1947's New Orleans, she lost a good deal of money running her own orchestra with Joe Guy. Her mother's death soon after affected her deeply, and in 1947 she was arrested for possession of heroin and sentenced to eight months in prison.

Unfortunately, Holiday's troubles only continued after her release. The drug charge made it impossible for her to get a cabaret card, so nightclub performances were out of the question. Plagued by various celebrity hawks from all portions of the underworld (jazz, drugs, song publishing, etc.), she soldiered on for Decca until 1950. Two years later, she began recording for jazz entrepreneur Norman Granz, owner of the excellent labels Clef, Norgran, and by 1956, Verve. The recordings returned her to the small-group intimacy of her Columbia work, and reunited her with Ben Webster as well as other top-flight musicians such as Oscar Peterson, Harry "Sweets" Edison, and Charlie Shavers. Though the ravages of a hard life were beginning to take their toll on her voice, many of Holiday's mid-'50s recordings are just as intense and beautiful as her classic work.

During 1954, Holiday toured Europe to great acclaim, and her 1956 autobiography brought her even more fame (or notoriety). She made her last great appearance in 1957, on the CBS television special The Sound of Jazz with Webster, Lester Young, and Coleman Hawkins providing a close backing. One year later, the Lady in Satin LP clothed her naked, increasingly hoarse voice with the overwrought strings of Ray Ellis. During her final year, she made two more appearances in Europe before collapsing in May 1959 of heart and liver disease. Still procuring heroin while on her death bed, Holiday was arrested for possession in her private room and died on July 17, her system completely unable to fight both withdrawal and heart disease at the same time. Her cult of influence spread quickly after her death and gave her more fame than she'd enjoyed in life. The 1972 biopic Lady Sings the Blues featured Diana Ross struggling to overcome the conflicting myths of Holiday's life, but the film also illuminated her tragic life and introduced many future fans. By the digital age, virtually all of Holiday's recorded material had been reissued: by Columbia (nine volumes of The Quintessential Billie Holiday), Decca (The Complete Decca Recordings), and Verve (The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959). ~ John Bush
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Body And Soul / Songs For Distingué Lovers

1. Body And Soul

2. They Can't Take That Away From Me

3. Darn That Dream

4. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

5. Comes Love

6. Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You

7. Embraceable You

8. Moonlight In Vermont

9. Day In, Day Out

10. A Foggy Day

11. Stars Fell On Alabama

12. One For My Baby

13. Just One Of Those Things

14. I Didn't Know What Time It Was

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Track List: Billie Holiday, 100 Años De Swing

1. Let`S Do It

2. Georgia On My Mind

3. Love Me Or Leave Me

4. St. Louis Blues

5. I Cover The Waterfront

6. Solitude

7. Fine And Mellow

8. Night And Day

9. Romance In The Dark

10. The Man I Love

11. Body And Soul

12. A Fine Romance

13. All Of Me

14. Summertime

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Track List: 12 from Billie

2. Porgy

4. All of Me

5. I Cover the Waterfront

7. Miss Brown to You

9. Road to Love

10. Them There Eyes

11. They Can't Take That Away from Me

12. You're Driving Me Crazy

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Track List: All That Jazz, Vol. 29: Billie Holiday, Vol. 2 – Lady Day's First Studio Recordings & Last Stage Moments (Remastered 2015)

2. A Fine Romance

3. Pennies From Heaven

4. That's Life I Guess

5. This Year's Kisses

6. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man

8. Solitude

9. Am I Blue?

10. Georgia On My Mind

11. Love Me Or Leave Me

12. Blue Turning Grey Over You

13. Rocky Mountain Blues

14. Be Fair With Me Baby

15. Willow Weep For Me

16. Stormy Weather

17. Fine And Mellow

18. Foolin' Myself

19. It's Easy To Remember

20. Don't Explain

21. You've Changed

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Track List: Lady In Satin: The Centennial Edition

Disc 1

1. I'm A Fool To Want You

2. For Heaven's Sake

3. You Don't Know What Love Is

4. I Get Along Without You Very Well

5. For All We Know

6. Violets For Your Furs

7. You've Changed

8. It's Easy To Remember

9. But Beautiful

10. Glad To Be Unhappy

11. I'll Be Around

12. The End Of A Love Affair (Stereo Take 4 With Vocal Overdub Take 8)

13. I'm A Fool To Want You (Mono Take 3)

14. The End Of A Love Affair (Mono Take 4 With Vocal Overdub Take 8)

15. Fine And Mellow

Disc 2

1. You Don't Know What Love Is (Takes 1-3)

2. I'll Be Around (Takes 1 & 2)

3. I'll Be Around (Takes 3 & 4)

4. For Heaven's Sake (Take 1)

5. But Beautiful (Take 1)

6. For All We Know (Take 1)

7. For All We Know (Take 2)

8. For All We Know (Takes 3 & 4)

9. It's Easy To Remember (Takes 1 & 2)

10. It's Easy To Remember (Takes 3-7)

11. I'm A Fool To Want You (Take 1)

12. I'm A Fool To Want You (Takes 2 & 3)

13. The End Of A Love Affair (Takes 1-4)

Disc 3

1. The End Of A Love Affair (Composite Takes 1-4)

2. The End Of A Love Affair (Composite Takes 5-7)

3. Glad To Be Unhappy (Takes 1 & 2)

4. Glad To Be Unhappy (Take 3)

5. Glad To Be Unhappy (Tales 4-7)

6. You've Changed (Takes 1-3)

7. I Get Along Without You Very Well (Takes 1 & 2)

8. I Get Along Without You Very Well (Takes 3 & 4)

9. I Get Along Without You Very Well (Take 5)

10. Violets For Your Furs (Takes 1-3)

11. Violets For Your Furs (Takes 4 & 5)

12. Violets For Your Furs (Take 6)

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Track List: The Centennial Collection

1. What A Little Moonlight Can Do

2. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

3. Summertime

5. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

6. Why Was I Born?

7. I Must Have That Man

10. When A Woman Loves A Man

12. The Very Thought Of You

14. Them There Eyes

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Track List: Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia - Vol. 5

1. Everybody's Laughing

2. Here It Is Tomorrow Again

3. Say It With A Kiss

4. April In My Heart

5. I'll Never Fail You

6. They Say

7. You're So Desirable

8. You're Gonna See A Lot Of Me

9. Hello, My Darling

10. Let's Dream In The Moonlight

11. That's All I Ask Of You

12. Dream Of Life

13. What Shall I Say?

14. It's Easy To Blame The Weather

15. More Than You Know

16. Sugar

17. You're Too Lovely To Last

18. Under A Blue Jungle Moon

19. Everything Happens For The Best

20. Why Did I Always Depend On You?

21. Long Gone Blues

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Track List: Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia - Vol. 8

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Track List: Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia - Vol. 6

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Track List: God Bless The Child: Best Of Billie Holiday

1. Tenderly

2. Stars Fell On Alabama

3. My Man

4. Yesterdays

5. Come Rain Or Come Shine

6. Autumn In New York

7. What A Little Moonlight Can Do

8. Stormy Weather

9. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

10. He's Funny That Way

11. Prelude To A Kiss (1955 Version)

12. I Don't Want To Cry Anymore

13. God Bless The Child

14. Strange Fruit

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Track List: The Best Of Billie Holiday

Disc 1

1. As Time Goes By

2. Autumn In New York

3. Billie's Blues

4. Blue Moon

5. Comes Love

6. Don't Explain

7. East Of The Sun

8. Easy To Love

9. Embraceable You

10. Everything I Have Is Yours

11. A Fine Romance

12. Georgia On My Mind

13. God Bless The Child

14. I Can't Face The Music

Disc 2

1. I Cover The Waterfront

2. I Got A Right To Sing The Blues

3. If You Were Mine

4. Jim

5. Let's Call A Heart A Heart

6. Let's Do It Let's Fall In Love

7. Love For Sale

8. Love Me Or Leave Me

9. Lover Come Back To Me

10. Lover Man

11. Miss Brown To You

12. Moon Glow

Disc 3

1. My Man

2. Night & Day

3. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

4. Please Keep Me In Your Dreams

5. Solitude

8. Summertime

9. Tenderly

10. These Foolish Things

12. Yesterdays

13. You're Gonna See A Lot Of Me

14. You're So Desirable

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Track List: Billie's Blues

1. Swing! Brother, Swing!

2. Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me

3. You're Driving Me Crazy

4. Lover Man

5. Nobody's Business

6. My Man

7. They Can't Take That Away From Me

8. He's Funny That Way

9. Don't Be Late

10. God Bless The Child

11. Lover Come Back To Me

12. Don't Explain

13. The Same Old Story

14. Detour Ahead

15. Billie's Blues

16. Miss Brown To You

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Track List: A Fine Romance

2. A Fine Romance

3. One, Two, Button Your Shoe

4. Let's Call a Heart a Heart

5. Easy to Love

6. With Thee I Swing

7. The Way You Look Tonight

8. Who Loves You?

9. Pennies from Heaven

10. That's Life I Guess

11. I Can't Give You Anything but Love

12. One Never Knows, Does One?

13. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

15. Please Keep Me in Your Dreams

16. He Ain't Got Rhythm

17. This Year's Kisses

18. Why Was I Born

19. I Must Have That Man

20. The Mood That I'm In

21. You Showed Me the Way

23. My Last Affair

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Track List: Music For Torching / Velvet Mood (Bonus Track Version)

1. It Had To Be You

2. Come Rain Or Come Shine

3. I Don't Want To Cry Anymore

4. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You

5. A Fine Romance

6. Gone With The Wind

7. I Get A Kick Out Of You

8. Isn't This A Lovely Day?

9. Prelude To A Kiss

10. When Your Lover Has Gone

11. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

12. Nice Work If You Can Get It

13. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

14. What's New

15. I Hadn't Anyone Till You

16. Everything I Have Is Yours

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Track List: The Memorial Album

1. St. Louis Blues

2. I Hear Music

3. Georgia On My Mind

4. Don’t Explain

5. God Bless The Child

7. Lover Come Back To Me

8. Yesterdays

9. Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall In Love

10. I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You)

11. Embraceable You

12. I Got A Right To Sing The Blues

13. Ain’t Nobody’s Business

14. Summertime

15. Love Me Or Leave Me

16. Comes Love

17. Stormy Blues

18. One For My Baby

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Track List: A Jazz Hour With Billie Holiday: Me, Myself and I

1. What a Little Moonlight Can Do

2. Miss Brown to You

3. Twenty Four Hours a Day

4. Yankee Doodle Never Went to Town

5. If You Were Mine

6. These n' That n' Those

7. Spreadin' Rhythm Around

8. Let's Call a Heart a Heart

9. Please Keep Me In Your Dreams

10. This Year's Kisses

11. I Must Have That Man

12. I'll Get By

13. Mean to Me

14. Foolin' Myself

15. Easy Living

16. I'll Never Be the Same

17. Me, Myself and I

18. A Sailboat In the Moonlight

19. Without Your Love

20. Getting Some Fun Out of Life

21. Trav'lin' All Alone

22. He's Funny That Way

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Track List: I'm A Fool To Want You

1. I'm A Fool To Want You

2. For Heaven's Sake

3. For All We Know

4. You've Changed

5. It's Easy To Remember

6. But Beautiful

7. Glad To Be Unhappy

8. The End Of A Love Affair

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Track List: The Young Billie Holiday

2. If You Were Mine

3. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

4. Summertime

5. Night And Day

6. The Very Thought Of You

7. They Can't Take That Away From Me

8. Some Other Spring

9. The Mood That I'm In

10. Dream Of Life

11. On The Sentimental Side

12. Carelessly

13. Your Mother's Son-In-Law

14. They Say

16. The Way You Look Tonight

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Track List: Love Songs

1. Crazy He Calls Me

2. Them There Eyes

3. You're My Thrill

4. It Had To Be You

5. Come Rain Or Come Shine

6. Nice Work If You Can Get It

7. Everything I Have Is Yours ("Velvet Mood" Version)

8. Cheek To Cheek

9. I Didn't Know What Time It Was

10. Embraceable You

11. Our Love Is Here To Stay

12. All The Way

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Track List: Lady In Satin/Lady Day

1. I'm a Fool To Want You

2. For Heaven's Sake

3. You Don't Know What Love Is

4. I Get Along Without You Very Well

5. For All We Know

6. Violets For Your Furs

7. You've Changed

8. It's Easy To Remember

9. But Beautiful

10. Glad To Be Unhappy

11. I'll Be Around

12. Miss Brown To You

13. I Wished On The Moon

14. What A Little Moonlight Can Do

15. If You Were Mine

16. Summertime

17. Billie's Blues

18. I Must Have That Man

19. Foolin' Myself

20. Easy Living

21. Me, Myself And I

22. A Sailboat In The Moonlight

23. I Cried For You

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Track List: God Bless The Child

1. Summertime

2. Deep Song

3. Easy Living

4. God Bless The Child

6. I'll Look Around

7. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie

8. Lets Do It

9. Long Gone Blues

10. Love For Sale

11. Lover Man

12. Lover Come Back To Me

13. Moonlight In Vermont

15. My Man

16. Nice Work If You Can Get It

18. Big Stuff

19. I Only Have Eyes For You

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Track List: This Is My Last Affair

1. You Let Me Down

2. Who Loves You

5. When A Woman Loves A Man

6. I'm Painting The Town Red

7. Did I Remember?

8. Carelessly

11. With Thee I Swing

12. I've Got A Date With A Dream

13. The Very Thought Of You

14. My Last Affair

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Track List: Lover Man - From The Archives (Digitally Remastered)

1. (I Love) My Man

2. Lover Man

3. I Cover The Waterfront

4. Don't Explain

5. Them There Eyes

6. They Can't Take That Away From Me

7. Swing Brother Swing

8. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me

9. Lover Come Back To Me

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Track List: Standards (Great Songs/Great Performances)

1. I'll Be Seeing You

2. Porgy

3. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

4. Blue Moon

5. I Thought About You

6. Come Rain Or Come Shine

7. It Had To Be You

8. All The Way

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Track List: The Complete Commodore/Decca Masters

Disc 1

1. Strange Fruit

2. Yesterdays

3. Fine And Mellow

4. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

5. How Am I To Know?

6. My Old Flame

7. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)

8. I Cover The Waterfront

9. I'll Be Seeing You

10. I'm Yours

11. Embraceable You

12. As Time Goes By

13. He's Funny That Way (1944 Version)

14. Lover, Come Back To Me

15. Billie's Blues

16. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Disc 2

1. Lover Man

2. No More

3. That Ole Devil Called Love

4. Don't Explain

5. You Better Go Now

6. What Is This Thing Called Love

7. Good Morning Heartache

8. No Good Man

9. Big Stuff

10. Baby, I Don't Cry Over You (1991 Box Set Version)

11. I'll Look Around (Edit)

12. The Blues Are Brewin' (Feat. John Simmons & His Orchestra)

13. Guilty (Feat. John Simmons & His Orchestra)

14. Deep Song

15. There Is No Greater Love

16. Easy Living

17. Solitude

18. Weep No More (Feat. The Stardusters)

19. Girls Were Made To Take Care Of Boys (Feat. The Stardusters)

Disc 3

1. Porgy

2. My Man

3. Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do

4. Baby Get Lost (Feat. Buster Harding & His Orchestra)

5. Keeps On A Rainin' (Feat. Sy Oliver & His Orchestra)

6. Them There Eyes

7. Do Your Duty (Feat. Sy Oliver & His Orchestra)

8. Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer (Feat. Sy Oliver & His Orchestra)

9. You Can't Lose A Broken Heart (Feat. Sy Oliver & His Orchestra)

10. My Sweet Hunk O' Trash (Feat. Sy Oliver & His Orchestra)

11. Now Or Never (Feat. Sy Oliver & His Orchestra)

12. You're My Thrill

13. Crazy He Calls Me

14. Please Tell Me Now

15. Somebody's On My Mind (Feat. Gordon Jenkins' Orchestra)

16. God Bless The Child

17. This Is Heaven To Me

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Track List: The Essential Billie Holiday Collection Vol 2

1. A Fine Romance

4. Easy To Love

5. With Thee I Swing

6. The Way You Look Tonight

7. Who Loves You

8. Pennies From Heaven

9. That's Life I Guess

10. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

11. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

13. This Year's Kisses

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Track List: The Essential Billie Holiday Collection Vol 5

1. When You're Smiling

2. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

3. If Dreams Come True

4. On The Sentimental Side

6. When Woman Loves A Man

7. You Go To My Head

9. Having Myself A Time

10. I'm Gonna Lock My Heart

11. Any Old Time

12. The Very Thought Of You

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Track List: The Essential Billie Holiday Collection Vol 6

1. I Can't Get Started

2. I've Got A Date With A Dream

3. What Shall I Say

4. It's Easy To Blame The Weather

5. More Than You Know

6. Sugar

7. Long Gone Blues

8. Strange Fruit

9. Yesterdays

10. Fine And Mellow

11. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

12. Night And Day

13. The Man I Love

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Track List: The Essential Billie Holiday Collection Vol 4

1. Mean To Me

2. Foolin' Myself

3. I'll Never Be The Same

4. Me, Myself And I

5. A Sailboat In The Moonlight

6. Without Your Love

7. Getting Some Fun Out Of Life

8. Who Wants Love

9. Trav'lin' All Alone

10. He's Funny That Way

11. Nice Work If You Can Get It

12. My Man

13. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man

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Track List: The Essential Billie Holiday Collection Vol 7

1. You're A Lucky Guy

2. Ghost Of Yesterday

3. Body And Soul

4. Falling In Love Again

5. Laughing At Life

6. Time On My Hands

7. I'm All For You

8. I Hear Music

10. Practice Makes Perfect

11. St. Louis Blues

12. Loveless Love

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Track List: The Essential Billie Holiday Collection Vol 8

1. Let's Do It

2. Georgia On My Mind

4. God Bless The Child

5. Am I Blue

6. Solitude

7. I Cover The Waterfront

8. Love Me Or Leave Me

9. Gloomy Sunday

10. Wherever You Are

11. Mandy Is Two

12. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie

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Track List: The Essential Billie Holiday Collection Vol 1

1. What A Little Moonlight Can Do

2. Miss Brown To You

3. I'm Painting The Town Red

5. These 'n' That 'n' Those

6. You Let Me Down

7. These Foolish Things

8. I Cried For You

9. Did I Remember

10. No Regrets

11. Summertime

12. Billie's Blues

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Track List: The Essential Billie Holiday Collection Vol 3

1. Why Was I Born

2. I Must Have That Man

3. Sentimental And Melancholy

4. (this Is) My Last Affair

5. Carelessly

6. How Could You

7. Moanin' Low

8. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

9. They Can't Take That Away From Me

11. Yours And Mine

12. I'll Get By

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Track List: I'll Never Be The Same

1. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)

2. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

3. A Fine Romance

4. Getting Some Fun Out Of Life

5. I'll Never Be The Same

7. The Man I Love

8. T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do

9. You're So Desirable

11. You're My Thrill

12. Solitude

13. Riffin' The Scotch

14. No Regrets

15. St Louis Blues

16. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

17. When You're Smiling

18. Nice Work If You Can Get It

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Track List: Blue Moon

2. Blue Moon

4. Your Mother's Son-In-Law

5. The Way You Look Tonight

6. These 'N' That 'N' Those

7. Summertime

8. On The Sentimental Side

9. Am I Blue?

10. He's Funny That Way

11. Let's Call A Heart A Heart

12. If You Were Mine

13. Let's Dream In The Moonlight

14. I Loves You Porgy

15. Fine And Mellow

16. Easy To Love

17. Spreadin' Rhythm Around

18. God Bless The Child

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Track List: Billie Holiday - Remixed & Reimagined

1. I Hear Music (Swingsett & Takuya)

2. More Than You Know (Jazzem)

3. Spreadin' Rhythm Around (Lady Bug V Lady Day)

4. Long Gone Blues (Gxr)

5. Trav'lin All Alone (Nickodemus And Zeb)

6. He Ain't Got Rhythm (Poppyseed)

7. Summertime (Organica)

8. I'm Gonna Lock My Heart (Madison Park)

9. Glad To Be Unhappy (Dj Logic)

10. Billie's Blues (Daniel Y.)

11. You're So Desirable (Sunday People)

12. Pennies From Heaven (Count De Money)

13. But Beautiful (Tony Humphries)

14. All Of Me (Charles Feelgood)

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Track List: To Go

1. Lady Sings The Blues

2. Fine And Mellow

3. God Bless The Child

4. Crazy He Calls Me

5. Good Morning Heartache

6. Strange Fruit

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Track List: The Voice Of Jazz

Disc 1

1. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

2. Prelude To A Kiss

3. Trav'lin' Light

4. I Hadn't Anyone Till You

6. I Thought About You

7. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

8. When Your Lover Has Gone

9. Some Other Spring

10. God Bless The Child

11. Love Me Or Leave Me

Disc 2

1. Too Marvellous For Words

2. What's New

3. Good Morning Heartache

4. Stormy Blues

5. Everything I Have Is Yours

6. No Good Man

8. Willow Weep For Me (Live)

9. My Man (Live)

10. Lover Come Back To Me (Live)

12. What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Live)

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Track List: Fine And Mellow

1. Fine And Mellow

2. What A Little Moonlight Can Do

3. Foolin' Myself

4. Until The Real Thing Comes Along

5. Blues Are Brewin'

6. He's Funny That Way

7. Billie's Blues

8. All Of Me

9. Tenderly

11. I Love's You Porgy

12. When Your Lover Has Gone

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Track List: The Essentials

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Track List: The Legend Of Billie Holiday

1. That Ole Devil Called Love

2. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)

3. Don't Explain

4. Good Morning Heartache

5. There Is No Greater Love

6. Easy Living

7. Solitude

9. My Man (Mon Homme)

10. Them There Eyes

11. Now Or Never

13. Somebody's On My Mind

15. You're My Thrill

16. God Bless The Child

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Track List: Billie Holiday

1. Life Begins When You're In Love

2. It's Like Reaching For The Moon

3. These Foolish Things

4. I Cried For You

5. Guess Who

6. Did I Remember

7. No Regrets

8. Summertime

9. Let's Call A Heart A Heart

10. A Fine Romance

12. One, Two, Button Your Shoe

13. Easy To Love

14. With Thee I Swing

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Track List: The Billie Holiday Collection # 1

Disc 1

1. I Wished On The Moon

2. What A Little Moonlight Can Do

3. Miss Brown To You

4. If You Were Mine

5. These 'N' That 'N' Those

6. You Let Me Down

7. Life Begins When You're In Love

8. It's Like Reaching For The Moon

9. These Foolish Things

10. I Cried For You

11. Did I Remember?

12. Summertime

13. Billie's Blues

14. A Fine Romance

15. One, Two, Button Your Shoe

16. Easy To Love

17. The Way You Look Tonight

18. Pennies From Heaven

Disc 2

1. That's Life I Guess

2. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

3. He Ain't Got Rhythm

4. This Year's Kisses

5. Why Was I Born?

6. I Must Have That Man

7. My Last Affair

8. Moanin' Low

9. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

10. They Can't Take That Away From Me

11. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)

12. Mean To Me

13. Foolin' Myself

14. Easy Living

15. I'll Never Be The Same

16. Without Your Love

17. Who Wants Love?

18. Trav'lin' All Alone

Disc 3

1. He's Funny That Way

2. Nice Work If You Can Get It

3. Things Are Looking Up

4. My Man

5. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man

6. When You're Smiling

7. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

8. When A Woman Loves A Man

9. You Go To My Head

10. I'm Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away The Key)

11. The Very Thought Of You

12. I Can't Get Started

13. I've Got A Date With A Dream

14. Long Gone Blues

15. Some Other Spring

16. Them There Eyes

17. Swing! Brother, Swing!

18. Night And Day

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Track List: Portrait of Billie Holiday

Disc 1

1. My Man

2. Summertime

3. The Way You Look Tonight

4. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man

5. A Fine Romance

6. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

7. What a Little Moonlight Can Do

8. He's Funny That Way

9. These Foolish Things

Disc 2

1. Easy Livin'

2. Who Loves You?

3. I'll Never Be the Same

4. Pennies from Heaven

5. Carelessly

6. I'll Get By

7. Easy to Love

8. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me

9. I Cried for You

10. Mean to Me

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Track List: I Wish I Had You

2. Miss Brown To You

3. Twenty Four Hours A Day

4. Yankee Doodle Never Went To Town

5. If You Were Mine

7. Spreadin' Rhythm Around

8. Let's Call A Heart A Heart

9. Please Keep Me In Your Dreams

10. I Wish I Had You

11. I'll Never Fail You

12. You're Gonna See A Lot Of Me

13. Hello, My Darling

14. Let's Dream In The Moonlight

15. More Than You Know

16. Night And Day

17. What Is This Going To Get Us ?

18. Loveless Love

19. Georgia On My Mind

20. Romance In The Dark

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Track List: Billie Holiday Sings

1. I Only Have Eyes For You

2. You Turned The Tables On Me

3. Blue Moon

4. Solitude

5. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

6. Easy To Love

7. You Go To My Head

8. East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)

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Track List: Billy Crystal Remembers Billie Holiday

1. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

2. My Old Flame

3. Fine And Mellow

4. Embraceable You

5. As Time Goes By

6. He's Funny That Way

7. I'll Get By

8. I Cover The Waterfront

9. Yesterdays

10. I'll Be Seeing You

11. Lover, Come Back To Me

12. Strange Fruit

13. God Bless The Child

14. Don't Explain

15. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)

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Track List: The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes

Disc 1

1. East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)

2. Blue Moon

3. You Go To My Head

4. You Turned The Tables On Me

5. Easy To Love

6. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

7. I Only Have Eyes For You

8. Solitude

9. Everything I Have Is Yours ("Billie Holiday" 10'' Version)

10. Love For Sale

11. Moonglow

12. Tenderly

13. If The Moon Turns Green

14. Remember

15. Autumn In New York

16. My Man

17. Lover, Come Back To Me

18. Stormy Weather

19. Yesterdays

20. He's Funny That Way

21. I Can't Face The Music

Disc 2

1. How Deep Is The Ocean?

2. What A Little Moonlight Can Do

3. I Cried For You

4. Love Me Or Leave Me

5. P.S. I Love You

6. Too Marvelous For Words

7. Softly

8. I Thought About You

9. Willow Weep For Me

10. Stormy Blues (Single Version)

11. Say It Isn't So ("Stay With Me" Version)

12. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

13. I Wished On The Moon ("Stay With Me" Version)

14. Always

15. Everything Happens To Me

16. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me ("Stay With Me" Version)

17. Ain't Misbehavin' (I'm Savin' My Love For You)

Disc 3

1. I Don't Want To Cry Anymore

2. Prelude To A Kiss (1955 Version)

3. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You

4. When Your Lover Has Gone

5. Gone With The Wind

6. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

7. It Had To Be You

8. Nice Work If You Can Get It

9. Come Rain Or Come Shine

10. I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues

11. What's New

12. A Fine Romance

13. I Hadn't Anyone Till You

14. I Get A Kick Out Of You

15. Everything I Have Is Yours ("Velvet Mood" Version)

16. Isn't This A Lovely Day?

Disc 4

1. Trav'lin Light (Album Version)

2. I Must Have That Man!

3. Some Other Spring

4. Lady Sings The Blues

5. Strange Fruit

6. God Bless The Child

7. Good Morning Heartache

8. No Good Man

9. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me ("All Of Nothing At All" Version)

10. Cheek To Cheek

11. Ill Wind

12. Speak Low

13. We'll Be Together Again

14. All Or Nothing At All

15. Sophisticated Lady

16. April In Paris

Disc 5

1. I Wished On The Moon ("All Of Nothing At All" Version)

2. Moonlight In Vermont

3. A Foggy Day

4. I Didn't Know What Time It Was

5. Just One Of Those Things

6. Comes Love (Master Take 4)

7. Day In Day Out

8. Darn That Dream

9. But Not For Me

10. Body And Soul

11. Stars Fell On Alabama

12. Say It Isn't So ("All Of Nothing At All" Version)

13. Our Love Is Here To Stay

14. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)

Disc 6

1. They Can't Take That Away From Me

2. Embraceable You

3. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

4. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You

5. All The Way

6. It's Not For Me To Say

7. I'll Never Smile Again

8. Just One More Chance

9. When It's Sleepy Time Down South (Feat. Ray Ellis And His Orchestra)

10. Don't Worry 'Bout Me

11. Sometimes I'm Happy

12. You Took Advantage Of Me (Feat. Ray Ellis And His Orchestra)

13. There'll Be Some Changes Made

14. 'Deed I Do

15. All Of You

16. Baby Won't You Please Come Home

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Track List: Grandes del Jazz 8

Disc 1

1. Them There eyes

2. The man i Love

3. I love you Porgy

4. Jim

5. Embraceable you

6. More than you know

7. He´s funny that way

8. East of the sun

9. The way you look tonight

10. You go to my head

11. Solitude

12. You´re gonna see a lot of me

13. Don´t explain

14. These foolish things

15. On the sunny side of the street

16. Night and day

17. Easy living

18. You can´t lose a broken heart

19. My sweet hunk o´trash

20. All of Me

Disc 2

1. There is no greater love

2. All of me

3. Body and Soul

4. I only have eyes for you

5. As time goes by

6. Easy to love

7. I´ll be seeing you

8. I can´t get started

9. Strange Fruit

10. Blue Moon

12. Georgia on my mind

13. You turned the tables on me

14. Lover, come back to me

15. Lover man

16. God bless the child

17. You better go now

18. Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans ?

19. My man (Mon homme)

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Track List: Autumn In New York

1. A Fine Romance

2. Autumn In New York

3. Come Rain Or Come Shine

4. Everything I Have Is Yours

5. Gone With The Wind