The Rough Guide to Billie Holiday: Birth of a Legend
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Arguably the most iconic and lastingly influential jazz singer of all time, Billie Holiday expressed an incredible depth of emotion that spoke of hard times and injustice as well as triumph.
With accompaniment by some of the finest bands of the era, these classic tracks were recorded during her creative heyday when her voice was at its potent. Includes the iconic ‘Strange Fruit’, hailed as the song that gave birth to the civil rights movement. Holiday’s emotive voice, innovative techniques and touching songs continue to inspire artists the world over. Accompaniment from the finest bands of the era led by the likes of Teddy Wilson, Artie Shaw and Count Basie and featuring the delightful duet with Louis Armstrong ‘My Sweet Hunk O’ Trash’. Lovingly remastered using pioneering restoration techniques, Billie Holiday not only sang the blues - she lived them.