Billie Holiday

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Billie Holiday was known, as one of America’s most memorable and influential all-time great jazz vocalist. The inspiration for many aspiring singers today, Holiday had a singular voice steeped in aching emotion and fueled by an uncanny sense of swing. She not only stamped her distinctive signature on such standards as "Night And Day," but she also contributed remarkable originals to the jazz canon, including "Strange Fruit" and "God Bless The Child." Influenced by …

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…lesson in her life, she read music only with difficulty. The most memorial of all was an acute dramatic intensely that she could make all of her lyrics profound and deeply irresistible. She new the impact came from the words of a song rather than any specific feature of the melodic or harmonic construction. Holiday's music continues to be incredibly popular, and the best window into her life is her autobiography, Lady Sings The Blues.