Best Billie Holiday songs, and some recommendations of music from the 40's?
Billie Holiday - You Go To My Head
Billie Holiday AINT NOBODYS BUSINESS
when I read your question, I thought of this song for some reason..
June Christy - Give Me The Simple Life
a little Cab for ya...
Cab Calloway - Minnie The Moocher
you would love the Andrews Sisters!!
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
The Andrews Sisters "Hold Tight"
and dream a little...
Dream a Little Dream by Louis Armstrong
yep, Glenn Miller was the king of 40s big band
Glenn Miller-In The Mood
heres an evening back in 1954.. this video is nothing short of remarkable!!
Amos Milburn, Joe Turner & Cab Calloway / R&B Revue
What are others perspectives about Billie Holiday?
I don't think anybody has something bad to say of her as a musician. I never heard of a jazz musician or singer who spoke of her in an ill manner. She will always be Lady Day. Her voice is soulful. And she puts all feelings into the song, that it's almost like poetry, you know?
Her drug problem was her biggest downfall, imho. She may have gone through poverty and abuse but I think she was capable of surviving through that, was very capable, that's why she sings the way she sings. If she just stayed off the drugs I think she would've had a long career. I guess drugs were her form of escape. Getting shoved into the limelight wasn't always a happy treat either.
I think Strange Fruit would always be the one thing most popularly linked to her and I agree. It was just a poem, but when she turned it into a song, it turned into this vulnerable, chilling statement about life and cruelty and race and the world in general. The depth of emotions and the soulful interpretation is a big thing in the world of jazz.
For me the only negative thing is the drugs. I'll never get that. But she wasn't the first to do it, nor was she the most popular, so I don't anyone would be influenced by her to do that kind of thing. I guess it's also because she did so many good things that that's what you want to focus and remember - that singing, haunting voice. I think if you set aside the drug problem, how she arose and fought poverty and abuse is a great example to women everywhere.
Kman is correct, though she (and Count Bassie) did do some blues numbers. Try "Billie's Blues" as a start, and you may have trouble digging up other 'blues' tunes unless you really know the form.
Your teacher probably just wants a cross-section of her big tunes and a little bit about her life and career.
What Kind Of Pictures Would You Put On A Billie Holiday Collage?
You should try to make it decorated. Put some music notes. And then put pictured of him on the paper and then around there out music notes and the microphones and the pills. Try to make it as decorated as possible, and maybe put a frame around the pictures so it looks prettier and more organized. Try making it look, Dazzling lol.
Billie Holiday's career had two parts. And she kind of had a different style in her comeback then she had when she first came on the jazz music scene.
She was elegant and wore night gowns with her hair up and flowers in her hair during the first part of her career. She also sometimes wore nice hats.
But during her later life and career she had a more casual style.
I suggest that if you want to capture what most people think of as her look or style is to take a look at her album covers;
She wore strapless dresses with her hair up as shown here;
KKJZ is a jazz and blues radio station here at California State University. They play Billie sometimes (along with all kinds of other good stuff). I think they have online broadcasts as well. Check it out:
Billy Holiday was the best singer of all my early years, when she sung you knew that everyone just stopped and listened.she had a way of capturing you and was just perfect....get her albums if u can u will see what I mean