Skip to comments.Lady sings The Blues - Billie Holiday [Full Album] (1956)
Posted on 01/04/2016 12:28:47 AM PST by WhiskeyX
Lady Sings the Blues is an album by jazz vocalist Billie Holiday. It was Holiday's last album released on Clef Records; the following year, the label would be absorbed by Verve Records. Lady Sings the Blues was taken from sessions taped during 1954 and 1956. It was released simultaneously with her ghostwritten autobiography of the same name.
The tunes are:
1.- Lady Sings The Blues 3:45 (Billie Holiday - Herbie Nichols)
2.- Trav'lin' Light 3:08 (James Mundy - Johny Mercer- James Oliver)
3.- I Must Have That Man 3:03 (Jimmy McHugh - Dorothy Fields)
4,. Some Other Spring 3:35 (Arthur Herzog, Jr.)
5. Strange Fruit 3:02 (Lewis Allan)
6.- No Good Man 3:18 (Irene HIgginbotham - Dan Fisher - Sammy Gallop)
7.- God Bless The Child 3:57 (Billie Holiday - Arthur Herzog, Jr.)
8.- Good Morning Heartache 3:27 (Irene Higginbotham - Ervin Drake - Dan Fisher)
9.- Love Me Or Leave Me 2:33 (Walter Donaldson - Gus Kahn)
10.- Too Marvelous For Words 2:11 (Johny Mercer - Richard Whiting)
11.- Willow Weep For Me 3:06 (Ann Ronell)
12.- I Thought About You 2:46 (Jimmy Van Heusen - Johnny Mercer)
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Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 - July 17, 1959), professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter 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. Holiday was known for her vocal delivery and improvisation skills, which made up for her limited range and lack of formal music education.
After a turbulent childhood, Holiday began singing in nightclubs around Harlem. After being heard by producer John Hammond, who commended her voice, Holiday was signed to Brunswick Records in 1935. Collaborations with Teddy Wilson yielded the hit "What a Little Moonlight Can Do", which would later become a jazz standard. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Holiday booked mainstream success with labels such as Columbia Records and Decca Records. By the late 1940s, however, Holiday was beset with legal troubles and drug abuse. After a short prison sentence, Holiday performed a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall. However, due to her drug and alcohol problems, her reputation deteriorated.
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 of the liver in 1959. A posthumous album, Last Recordings, was released following her death.
Much of Holiday's material has been rereleased since her death, and she is considered a legendary performer with an ongoing influence on American music. Holiday is the recipient of four Grammy awards, all of them posthumous awards for Best Historical Album. Furthermore, Holiday herself was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1973. Lady Sings the Blues, a film centered on Holiday's life, starring Diana Ross, was released in 1972.
Lady Sings the Blues (song)
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"Lady Sings the Blues" is a song written by jazz singer Billie Holiday, and jazz pianist Herbie Nichols.
It is the title song to her 1956 album, released on Clef/Verve Records (MGC 721/Verve MV 2047).
The song was also chosen to be the title of the 1956 autobiography by Holiday and author William Dufty, and the 1972 movie starring Diana Ross as Holiday.
I thought Diana Ross sucked in that movie, not a good actress. But Liza Minnelli wowed me in Cabaret. Everyone sees things differently, oh well.
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One thing you have to think about, is that Diana Ross was new at the acting gig, having never done it before. Black people went overboard in praising her for her wooden acting. Accordingly, she was not honored with an Oscar. Saner minds prevailed at the Academy where they honored true acting with awards.
But she was nominated for the Academy Award for that movie so some people from the Academy had to have been impressed with her.
I remember going to the theater when that movie first came out. Black people in the audience were oohing and applauding every little thing Ross did, even though it was overacted. Non-black members of the audience were looking incredulous at them, like “are you kidding me?”. Just as people went overboard in electing Hussein Obama for President although he didn’t have the skill set, so too did people fawn over Ross despite her being a newbie to acting. Some people that profess being impressed are actually feeding their bias.
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