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A TRIBUTE TO
BILLIE HOLIDAY


Special thanks to voice actors:
Peter Coyote, Kitt Weagant (as Billie),
and Joe Hughes
for dramatic readings.


Billie Holiday in the 1930s:


BILLIE_1A.mp3
BLUES (BIG CITY BLUES)  --  Duke Ellington and his Orch,  Paramount Film, 1934
YOUR MOTHER’S SON IN LAW --  Benny Goodman and his Orch, 1933
THAT’S LIFE I GUESS  --  Teddy Wilson and his Orch, 1936
NO REGRETS  --  Billie Holiday and her Orch, 1936
MOANIN' LOW  --  Teddy Wilson and his Orch, 1937
MEAN TO ME  --  Teddy Wilson and his Orch, 1937           
SWING! BROTHER SWING  --  Count Basie and his Orch, Aircheck, 1937
HE'S FUNNY THAT WAY  --  Teddy Wilson and his Orch, 1937
I'LL NEVER BE SAME  --  Teddy Wilson and his Orch, 1937
WITHOUT YOUR LOVE  --  Billie Holiday and her Orch, 1938
THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU (excerpt) --  Billie Holiday and her Orch, 1938
NIGHT AND DAY (excerpt) --  Billie Holiday and her Och, 1939
I CAN'T GET STARTED  --  Billie Holiday and her Orch, 1938

BILLIE_1B.mp3
BACK IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD  --  Billie Holiday and her Orch, 1938
THEM THERE EYES (excerpt)  --  Billie Holiday and her Och, 1939
THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU  --  Billie Holiday and her Orch,  1938
ALL OF ME  --  Billie Holiday and her Orch, 1941 
FINE AND MELLOW  --  Billie Holiday and her Orchestra, 1939
   


Billie Holiday in the 1940s:

BILLIE_2A.mp3
TRAVELIN’ LIGHT  --  Billie Holiday, 1942
GOD BLESS THE CHILD  --  Billie Holiday, 1941
STRANGE FRUIT (excerpt)  --  Sidney Bechet, 1941
STRANGE FRUIT  --  Billie Holiday, 1939
GOOD MORNING HEARTACHE  --  Billie Holiday, 1946
GIMMIE A PIGFOOT --  Billie Holiday, 1950
YOU CAN’T LOSE A BROKEN HEART  --  Billie with Louis Armstrong, 1949
MY SWEET HUNK ‘O TRASH  --  Billie with Louis Armstrong, 1949
NOW OR NEVER  --  Billie Holiday, 1950
NOW OR NEVER  --  Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, 2000

BILLIE_2B.mp3

SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET  --  Billie Holiday, 1944
ALL OF ME  --  Billie Holiday, Live, 1949
GLOOMY SUNDAY  --  Billie Holiday, 1942
THE MAN I LOVE  --  Billie Holiday, 1947
I COVER THE WATERFRONT  --  Billie Holiday, Live Condon Show, 1949 - NBC
KEEPS ON RAININ’  --  Billie Holiday, Live Condon Show  - NBC, 1949
BILLIE’S BLUES  --  Billie Holiday, Live Condon Show  - NBC, 1949
DON’T EXPLAIN  --  Billie Holiday, 1947
TENDERLY  --  Billie Holiday Live, Apollo Theater, 1952
   


Billie Holiday in the 1950s:


BILLIE_3A.mp3
STORMY BLUES --  1954
I’VE GOT MY LOVE TO KEEP ME WARM  --  1955
ROCKY MOUNTAIN BLUES  --  1951
YESTERDAYS  --  1952
COME RAIN OR COME SHINE  --  1955
WHAT A LITTLE MOONLIGHT CAN DO  --  1954
WHAT A LITTLE MOONLIGHT  --  Live, 1956
FOOLING MYSELF  --  Live, 1956
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT --  1955

BILLIE_3B.mp3
FINE AND MELLOW   -- 1957
LADY SINGS THE BLUES  -- Live, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Canada 1957
LOVER COME BACK TO ME  -- Live, Stratford Festival, Canada 1957
MY MAN  --  Live, Carnegie Hall, 1957
ALL THE WAY  --  acc. by Ray Ellis Orchestra, 1959
AIN’T NOBODY’S BUSINESS  --  Live, Carnegie Hall, 1957
BILLIE’S BLUES  --  Live, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Canada 1957
   


Links:

The Official Billie Holiday website

The Unofficial Billie Holiday website

Billie Holiday New York Times obituary, July 18, 1959

Billie Holiday Songs (list of songs & lyrics, discography, detailed session info)

A BLOG about Billie Holiday
  
Billie Holiday on PBS

Billie on Wikipedia