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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Remembering Billie Holiday

April 7th, 1915 – Vocalist Billie Holiday born in Philadelphia, PA. Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday was a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. Above all, she was admired all over the world for her deeply personal and intimate approach to singing. She co-wrote several jazz standards, notably "God Bless the Child", "Don't Explain", "Fine and Mellow", and "Lady Sings the Blues".


Jean Francois said...

She was unique, a true gift to humanity.

"God Bless The Child"

"God Bless Billie"

Rosa said...

"The Angel of Harlem" (as someone was used to call her) with her warm and melanconic voice was one of the best singer of the XX century. She made the hystory of jazz and blues, gifting us with unforgettable songs.

Thanks Vesna to let us remember this great and wonderful artist.

Diane said...

What would the world be without Billie Holiday?

Lovely tribute Vesna!

zoe said...

oooooooooh, i love her so much. thank you, vesna...i love this song!!

Migue said...

Whow is Billie Holiday??? :)

levent said...

Thank you Vesna !

Kittie Howard said...

Billie Holiday was a gifted vocalist, a blessing who keeps on giving. I can't imagine music without her. What a beautiful tribute, Vesna! Thank you.