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Billy Remembers Billie

Billie Holiday

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Album Review

At first glance, a CD of Billie Holiday tracks handpicked by comedian/actor Billy Crystal may seem an odd bird. However, given that Crystal's uncle, record producer Milt Gabler, produced most of the cuts included here, it actually makes more sense than many similarly themed albums with tracks picked by musicians. Thanks to the family connection, Crystal grew up surrounded by famous jazz musicians and developed a lifelong passion for the music — especially the singing of Billie Holiday. Included here such iconic Holiday tracks as "Fine and Mellow," "God Bless the Child" and the landmark anti-lynching lament "Strange Fruit." These are the cuts that helped cement Holiday's persona as a soulful and brilliant vocalist with an utterly unique style. While there are other acceptable Billie Holiday compilations available, the personalized aspect of Billy Remembers Billie makes it a superb introduction to Holiday's singular oeuvre.

Customer Reviews

Amazing cd

On my thirteenth birthday I recieved the movie 'the notebook' and in the scene where Noah and Allie are dancing in the middle of the street they played 'i'll be seeing you' and I absolutely fell in love with her voice, ever since then, I've listened to this cd none-stop

Billy Remembers Billie

Great CD with wonderful tracks. All of the classics and a few new favorites!

I'll be Seeing You

I love I'll Be Seeing You it played at my Grandfathers funral and i fell in love and i searched all over to find it but then i watched the notebook (My favorite movie) and found it when noah was dancing in the street with allie.

Biography

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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