Billie holiday has one of the most distinctive voices of all time her very personal style continues to inspire singers decades after her death in 1959 holiday herself was inspired by great musicians she heard growing up, and it's those influences that helped her become one of the most beloved singers ever. Wishing on the moon: the life and times of billie holiday, by donald clarke, viking penguin, new york, 1994, $2495 (paperback, $1395) billie holiday, by stuart nicholson the 1972 movie, which turned out even less truthful, prompted lamentations from the jazz work but lady day would have been gratified. The rough guide to jazz and blues legends: billie holiday (various) jazz and blues legends, 2010 one of the world's greatest jazz singers, billie holiday is celebrated for the highly personal, intimate and emotional style that she brought to every note she recorded lovingly compiled and remastered, this special edition. In honor of what would have been jazz singer billie holiday's 100th birthday, we' ve assembled an array of photos from her life -- and her life's legacy her spirit, making sure that one of history's greatest jazz singers — the greatest, many would say — will be honored in her hometown and around the world. Biography: billie holiday was a woman who lived life with vigor, creativity, audacity and passion she painted masterpieces with her voice—a voice so colorful and in her a passion that allowed her creativity to blossom and fostered her rise from a mischievous street kid to one of the greatest jazz singers who ever lived. New albums from cassandra wilson and jose james consider billie holiday's legacy on her hundredth birthday for one thing, she's arguably the greatest jazz singer ever she's certainly the most familiar the professional the pathos of holiday's life seems to ooze out between the notes in her voice. Billie holiday (1915-1959) was one of the greatest jazz singers of all time her light and untrained jazz singer billie holiday in new york city (circa 1947) ( photo by singing along to their records greatly influenced holiday's method of expression and singing style in her later career not only was she.
Her influence on jazz can still be heard and felt today - 100 years after she was born that's how record producer john hammond describes his first meeting with billie holiday he first noticed holiday had a short but incredibly productive life, with hundreds of recordings and innumerable performances. Billie holiday overcame an impoverished and abusive childhood to become the definitive jazz singer of the 1930's and 40's although she lacked any formal musical training she had an uncanny ability to “hear” rhythms, syncopations and cadences and developed her own unique improvisational. John szwed's briskly revealing book on billie holiday treats the writing of her autobiography, “lady sings the blues,” as a key event in the singer's life the first section of szwed's book is one of the most briskly revealing pieces of jazz biography that i've read first, he establishes the bona fides of william. Corrections & clarifications: the date billie holiday starred in the film symphony in black was incorrect holiday performed in 1935 one hundred years ago, billie holiday, as she later became known, was born in philadelphia the legendary singer would have an enormous impact on jazz and pop music.
Billie holiday, birth name elinore harris, byname lady day, (born april 7, 1915, philadelphia, pennsylvania, us—died july 17, 1959, new york city, new york), american jazz singer, one of the greatest from the 1930s to the '50s eleanora ( her preferred spelling) harris was the daughter of clarence. Jazz fans distracted by the past week's hyperactive political campaigning may have missed the announcement of a vastly different eventbillie holiday was inducted into the rock and roll hall of.
Ashley kahn: we have two male singers celebrating a female singer, so let's start off with that question right there billie holiday's influence is so big, crossing lines of genre and gender can you talk about what her influence has been on you guys and why why do you think her influence has lasted so long. Billie holiday was an african american jazz vocalist who perhaps showed the most expression of feeling of any singer in jazz history they were great musical coworkers and great friends for life young named her lady day (or simply lady), and that title became her jazz world name from the mid-1930s on she in turn. Eleanora fagan (april 7, 1915 – july 17, 1959), better 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.
Made famous by the jazz singer billie holiday , it was a song, she explained, “that was blacklisted in the united states for being too controversial a song the life of a song: the fascinating stories behind 50 of the world's best-loved songs, edited by david cheal and jan dalley, is published by brewer's. “no regrets” and “that's life i guess” typify the way billie swung the band, with brilliant musicians who rose to the occasion like clarinetist artie shaw and trumpet player bunny berigan holiday was composer (or co-author) of a dozen and a photo: first ever published photo of billie holiday, flash magazine, may, 1937.
Billie holiday universal history archive/getty images the greatest jazz singer of all time would have turned 100 today had her life not been tragically cut short in 1959 at it was the first time i ever heard anybody sing without using any words” she wrote in her 1957 autobiography, lady sings the blues.
Join biographycom in a look at legendary jazz singer billie holiday's life and career, and the alcoholism and heroin addiction that got the best of lady day despite her personal problems, holiday remained a major star in the jazz world —and even in popular music as well she appeared with her idol. Her life bore all the cliches of the jazz world: horrible childhood, meteoric rise to fame, addiction, bad love affairs but when she opened her mouth to sing, none of that mattered. Find billie holiday biography and history on allmusic - the first popular jazz singer to move audiences though officially she was fired from the band for being temperamental and unreliable, shadowy influences higher up in the publishing world reportedly commanded the action after she refused to begin singing '20s. Melvin maddocks, (1979) billie holiday (giants of jazz) time life biography to accompany a time life record set ken vail, (1996) lady day's diary castle a month by month chronology of lady's career paola boncompagni, (1992) lady day life and songs nuovi equilibri small format book to accompany mini cd from.