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The Life And Music Of The Great American Jazz Singer Revisited With The Help Of Friends, Admirers And Fellow Musicians, Including Ruby Dee, Buck Clayton, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Milt Gabler, Albert Murray, Annie Ross, Mal Waldron And More, As Well As In Classic Performance Outtakes With Even More Jazz Greats (Color, 1990, 1 Hour) -- * Plus Special Feature “Symphony In Black”, Duck Ellington’s Legendary Musical Short Film Masterpiece, Featuring Billie Holiday’s Filmed Dramatic Performance Of Her Hit Song “Lost My Man Blues” (Black And Whtie, 1935, 9 Minutes) -- All Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #BillieHoliday #EleanoraFagan #Singers #GreatSingers #Songwriters #LesterYoung #JohnHammond #ArtieShaw #Jazz #Swing #SwingSongs #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Billie Holiday, American Jazz singer, songwriter and actress with a career spanning nearly thirty years (April 7, 1915 - July 17, 1959) was born Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills, which made up for her limited range and lack of formal music education. After a turbulent childhood, Holiday began singing in nightclubs in Harlem, where she was heard by the producer John Hammond, who commended her voice. She signed a recording contract with Brunswick Records in 1935. Collaborations with Teddy Wilson yielded the hit "What a Little Moonlight Can Do", which became a jazz standard. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Holiday had mainstream success on labels such as Columbia Records and Decca Records. By the late 1940s, however, she was beset with legal troubles and drug abuse. After a short prison sentence, she performed at a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall, but her reputation deteriorated because of her drug and alcohol problems. Though she was a successful concert performer throughout the 1950s with two further sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall, Holiday's bad health, coupled with a string of abusive relationships and ongoing drug and alcohol abuse, caused her voice to wither. Her final recordings were met with mixed reaction to her damaged voice but were mild commercial successes. Her final album, Lady in Satin, was released in 1958. Holiday died of cirrhosis on July 17, 1959. A posthumous album, Last Recording, was released following her death. Much of Holiday's material has been rereleased since her death. She is considered a legendary performer with an ongoing influence on American music. She is the recipient of four Grammy Awards, all of them posthumous awards for Best Historical Album. Holiday herself was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1973. Lady Sings the Blues, a film about her life, starring Diana Ross, was released in 1972. She is the primary character in the play and later the film Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill; the role was originated by Reenie Upchurch in 1986 and was played by Audra McDonald on Broadway and in the film. In commemoration of her birthday, WKCR 89.9 FM New York broadcasts an annual Billie Holiday Birthday Broadcast all day beginning at midnight, and streams MP3 audio of the broadcast on its WKCR.org website. At 3:10 a.m. on July 17, 1959, Billie Holiday died of pulmonary edema and heart failure caused by cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 44 in New York City, with only 70 cents in the bank. Her funeral Mass was held on July 21, 1959, at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan. She was buried at Saint Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx.