Ladies Sing the Blues: #9 Billie Holiday

August 12, 2012
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The second entry in my series of favorite female blues singers will cause controversy. A lot of people would say that I should have kept her until #1, because surely Billie Holiday was the greatest ever lady blues singer. I agree to a point. In terms of influence, she clearly has to be number 1. But this list is about what entertains me, and I find Holiday's work thought-provoking and necessary (especially “Strange Fruit”) but not that easy to listen to. I knew she had to be on the list, so I decided to put her on early, to represent her influence on the rest.

This song is from “Lady Sings the Blues”, and is Holiday's own composition.

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