Remembering Billie Holiday

Of all the great jazz divas, none blended pain and pleasure like Billie Holiday. Her small, stinging voice conveyed such a "been there" aesthetic, whether she was singing about the joys of romance, the sadness of rejection or trials of being the underdog. Fifty years after her death, Lady Day's legacy informs a litany of singers, extending from the jazz world onto the realms of R&B, electronica, pop, rock and country.

By: John Murph
Posted: July 14 2009 6:01 PM
 
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