Friday, 7 April 2017

102nd birthday of Billie Holiday

(Born 7 April 1915, Philadelphia, US)
“Lady Day”! One of the most outstanding singers of the 20th century with a unique voice, “uncoverable”, a critic intones, and composer/co-composer of especially the following classics: “Lady sings the blues”, “God bless the child”, “Fine and mellow”
(Billie Holiday & Orchestra, “God bless the child” [personnel: Holiday, vocals; rest of personnel/recording date/other details unavailable])
(Multiinstrumentalist Eric Dolphy here plays “God bless the child” [composed by Billie Holiday & Arthur Herzog, Jr] [personnel: Dolphy, bass clarinet; recorded: live, University of Illinoi, Champaign, Illinoi,  10 March 1963]) 

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