A soulful rendition of “I Must Have That Man.” Billie Holiday’s intimate crooning and impeccable timing doesn’t disappoint. Lady Day confirms that, like her voice, heartbreak is timeless. Recorded in New York, early on in her career, you feel her personal tragedies in this gem. But, like Billie, the end of this sorrowful song is triumphant with a strong brass finish.
You know that an artist is truly iconic when they have the ability to transport the listener to a magical time and a far off place; Billie Holiday does this eloquently with “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” Recorded live in the equally iconic Savoy Ballroom on June 30, 1937, she is backed here by another music icon, Count Basie and his Orchestra.
Billie Holiday – “Your Mother’s Son-In-Law” mp3
I love me some Billie Holiday. One of the most creative, charming, and down right sexy voices in music – both past and present. “Your Mother’s Son-In-Law” is a treasure from one of her first recording sessions, and was an instant¬† classic the moment the engineer yelled “cut.”
Billie Holiday – “Swing, Brother, Swing!” mp3
Magnificent. You know, after all these years, there still isn’t a singer in the same ballpark as Billie Holiday. While she’s influenced generations of performers, still no one has ever sounded like her, or delivered the same emotional range and depth. Here is Lady Day’s immortal recording of “Swing, Brother, Swing!” – an upbeat celebration of music and life. Enjoy.