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Billie Holiday - Billie's Blues (1936)

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Published on Oct 2, 2008

Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan; April 7, 1915 July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter.

Nicknamed Lady Day by her sometime collaborator Lester Young, Holiday was a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style — strongly inspired by instrumentalists — pioneered a new way of manipulating wording and tempo, and also popularized a more personal and intimate approach to singing. Critic John Bush wrote that she "changed the art of American pop vocals forever."

She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards

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Rowland Bernard "Bunny" Berigan (November 2, 1908 - June 2, 1942) was an American jazz trumpeter who rose to fame during the Swing Era, but whose virtuosity and influence were shortened by a losing battle with alcoholism that ended in his early death.


Billie Holiday, Bunny Berigan Orchestra - Billie's Blues (1936)

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