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Billie Holiday

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Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan Gough, Philadelphia, April 7, 1915 – New York City, July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed Lady Day by her loyal friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday was a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. Above all, she was admired for her deeply personal and intimate approach to singing. Critic John Bush wrote that she "changed the art of American pop vocals forever.

Tracks

My Man

79

Georgia on my mind

61

Trav'lin Light

41

Get Your Clothes Off

31

Don't Explain

24

Strange Fruit

12

My Hero (Montana Version)

2