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This album is Mastered for iTunes. An artist is lucky if she or he has a signature song or two that no one else can really touch—think Tony Bennett and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” or Ella Fitzgerald and “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”. What’s apparent when listening to Billie Holiday’s Lady Sings the Blues is how many songs the pioneering blues-steeped jazz vocalist owned in her shortened career. Recorded between 1955 and 1956, this collection alone boasts the title track, plus wiser revisits of classics such as “Strange Fruit”, “Good Morning Heartache” and her own “God Bless the Child”, which she co-wrote with Arthur Herzog Jr. There’s a sense of hard-earned authority to these tracks, which were captured a few years before her death, particularly the standards “Willow Weep for Me”, “I Thought About You” and a heavily orchestrated version of “I Must Have That Man!”

Customer Reviews


She had a very distinct sound that was sultry and her lyrics were poetic.


Born: April 7, 1915 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

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...
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