Gilbert Millstein of The New York Times described Billie Holiday's death: "Billie Holiday died in Metropolitan Hospital, New York, on Friday, July 17, 1959, in the bed in which she had been arrested for illegal possession of narcotics a little more than a month before, as she lay mortally ill; in the room from which a police guard had been removed – by court order – only a few hours before her death, which, like her life, was disorderly and pitiful. She had been strikingly beautiful, but she was wasted physically to a small, grotesque caricature of herself. The worms of every kind of excess – drugs were only one – had eaten her. The likelihood exists that among the last thoughts of this cynical, sentimental, profane, generous and greatly talented woman of 44 was the belief that she was to be arraigned the following morning. She would have been, eventually, although possibly not that quickly. In any case, she removed herself finally from the jurisdiction of any court here below." We remember Lady Day, 60 years later, on these channels.
Billie Holiday Centennial
Created for the 100th anniversary of her birth, lots of versions of songs made legendary by Lady Day
Jazz and the Black Experience
Spirituals, protest songs,
and music that highlights the African roots of Jazz
Pop Standards Classics
Classic recordings by classic Pop Standards vocalists
Legendary Jazz singers and their signature songs
Pop Standards Hits
The most popular of our pop standards -- songs you know and love
Queens of Vocal Jazz
Billie, Ella, Nina, Sarah, Lena, Dinah, and more...jazz royalty!
25 Greatest Jazz Standards
Lots of versions of 25 tunes in every musician's repertoire
Pop Standards: Jazz Vocalists
Swingin' jazz standards!
Ladies Who Croon
From Billie Holiday to Diana Krall
Women of Jazz
Jazz music's top female artists
Jazz Versions Broadway
Broadway compositions by Porter, Gershwin, Sondheim, more
The golden age of bebop, hard bop, and cool jazz
The rich art of Jazz: classic and modern, vocal and instrumental
Porter, Gershwin, Sondheim, and more, performed by Jazz legends
Top 50 Jazz Albums of All Time
Every track from the landmark LPs of Jazz history
The Harold Arlen Songbook
Songs by one of the 20th Century's greatest ("Over the Rainbow")
The Irving Berlin Songbook
The songs of the 20th century's most-successful composer
The Johnny Mercer Songbook
Many dozens of versions of songs written by composer, lyricist, and vocalist Johnny Mercer
The George & Ira Gershwin Songbook
Ella Fitzgerald's classic "Songbook" album plus hundreds more singers and songs
The Jimmy Van Heusen Songbook
The songs of the Academy Award- winning composer
The Cole Porter Songbook
Hundreds of Cole Porter's classics by artists from Sinatra to Cher
The Richard Rodgers Songbook
Celebrating his centennary, with lyrics by Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II
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