Lady Sings the Blues by Billie HolidayWith photos
Originally released by Doubleday in 1956, Harlem Moon Classics celebrates the publication with the fiftieth-anniversary edition of Billie Holiday’s unforgettable and timeless memoir. Updated with an insightful introduction and a revised discography, both written by celebrated music writer David Ritz.
Lady Sings the Blues is the fiercely honest, no-holds-barred autobiography of Billie Holiday, the legendary jazz, swing, and standards singing sensation. Taking the reader on a fast-moving journey from Holiday’s rough-and-tumble Baltimore childhood (where she ran errands at a whorehouse in exchange for the chance to listen to Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith albums), to her emergence on Harlem’s club scene, to sold-out performances with the Count Basie Orchestra and with Artie Shaw and his band, this revelatory memoir is notable for its trenchant observations on the racism that darkened Billie’s life and the heroin addiction that ended it too soon. We are with her during the mesmerizing debut of “Strange Fruit”; with her as she rubs shoulders with the biggest movie stars and musicians of the day (Bob Hope, Lana Turner, Clark Gable, Benny Goodman, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and more); and with her through the scrapes with Jim Crow, spats with Sarah Vaughan, ignominious jailings, and tragic decline. All of this is told in Holiday’s tart, streetwise style and hip patois that makes it read as if it were written yesterday.
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Lady sings the blues She tells her side nothing to hide Now the world will now Just what the blues is all about. Written with young jazz pianist Herbie Nichols, the song was purely autobiographical, finally answering the question long argued by jazz writers and fans alike whether Billie was truly a blues singer or not. The question is academic, as she, like this song, would go on to define what pop stardom was made of: telling your story, straight up.
This Woman’s Work: Billie Holiday’s ‘Lady Sings the Blues’
It was Holiday's last album released on Clef Records ; the following year, the label would be absorbed by Verve Records. Lady Sings the Blues was taken from sessions taped during and It was released simultaneously with her ghostwritten autobiography of the same name. Though Holiday's voice had arguably deteriorated by the s, the album is well regarded — in a review, Down Beat awarded the album 5 out of 5 stars, and had this to say about the co-current book:. On November 10, , Holiday appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall in front of a sold-out crowd. The show was planned to commemorate the edition of her autobiography, some paragraphs being read during the performance. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Recorded over two separate sessions in Los Angeles in September and over two days in June in New York City this is an album that as close to a musical autobiography as you can get. The Los Angeles sessions offer a fresher sounding Billie, but that in no way diminishes the quality of the songs recorded in New York City. When it was originally released on Clef records Downbeat magazine give it a glowing review and 5 stars. The book was written with William Dufty, assistant to the editor of the New York Post … Seldom in the book does she talk about her singing. With the selections in this album, as in the others that have preceded it, Miss Holiday sings it — and it is there for anyone to feel.
Lady Sings the Blues is an album by American jazz vocalist Billie Holiday released in December It was Holiday's last album released on Clef Records; the.
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