Billy Holiday's biography is probably the most well-known jazz artist … The lady was playing blues! Some lady had to deal with all the stress in her life.
Today it's easy to get mental help for depression, but at the time of Billie, it wasn't easy … Today Xanax or Prozac is readily available! Billy had alcohol and heroin … what a shame!
Billy's "Lady's Day" was born in Baltimore in 1915. She lived a cruel childhood – her musical father left the family early, and her mother was unable to sustain her often resulting in Billy's care or relatives who abused her.
I was raped at the age of 11 and grew up in poverty. She says she is the best in the first line of her famous biography, Lady Sings the Blues, "My mother and pop were just two children when they got married. He was 18, he was 16, and I was three."
In 1929, she moved to New York, where she worked as a servant and then a teenage prostitute. According to legend, in 1930 (at the age of 15), in order to prevent her mother from evacuation, Body and Soul sang and reduced the audience to tears. The lady can certainly sing people … even as a child she was a grown woman.
Billie Holiday started singing in bars and restaurants. Four years later, she made her first recording with Benny Goodman. In 1935, she made a big achievement when she recorded four aspects, which included what Little Moonlight could do, and Miss Brown for you.
She got her own recording contract, and while the songs she gave were absolute (as opposed to the songs saved for the best white singers), she made classical songs because of her ability to sing. The girl was far from "owning" any song she sang … and put on her "stamp"! Like the fact "JAZZ-CAT"!
Her voice quality was not great and her voice total was limited, but she had a peculiar ability to breathe life into a song, using things like pausing and jamming – making the song become a story or an experience, rather than just a collection of notes sang with a voice.
She poured her heart and soul into every song and her ability to translate a song and make you feel she never heard of it. Although it became more common today, Billie Holiday was a pioneer in this style, and so she took ordinary second-rate songs and made them extraordinary.
In 1936, she recorded with pianist Teddy Wilson, where she first worked with Lester Young. These two were made for each other. When he played his phrases with hers, he was breathing breathing. They praised each other stylistically. It was dubbed "Lady Day" and surnamed Perez. They sounded like two voices from the same person.
Her career in registration is divided into 3 periods. The first is the period in the 1930s, which was recorded with Colombia, which was marked by its time with Wilson, Goodman, and Young. Her music was made for the sake of music, but she turned it into classical jazz. Her popularity never matched her artistic success, but she played extensively on the Armed Forces Radio during World War II.
From this period, an anti-racist song, Strange Fruit, appeared in which she painted a terrifying picture of black objects dipped from trees. The lyrics are adapted from a poem written by Louis Allen.
The next period is her years at Decca (record company) in the 1940s, featuring recordings accompanied by string orchestra. Although the records of this period are impressive, they are not "jazzy". This period was marked by Loverman as well as its self-written classics do not explain, and God blessed the child. In late 1947, she was arrested on drug-related charges and spent 18 months in a federal reformatory.
But the lady has made awful choices when it comes to men! She fell in love with men who stole money from her, abused her, and gave heroin. When she was released from prison, she returned to heroin. To be honest people. I think it's good that nothing can pay any woman to drink or drugs!
By the 1950s, the third period, her voice was walking with her voice, sometimes missing notes, but her ability to interpret songs was enhanced. Some consider this work, with Verve Records, to be one of its best.
Ron David described her classic recording of the lady in satin as "her voice seemed to have died and returned to chase us from the grave."
It is not known whether misery, drugs or drink (or all three) killed her, but in a sad paradox she was arrested on drug charges while in her deathbed in 1959. Isn't that a shame? ? Enough to give me blues and cry in my beer!
With all the grief surrounding the lady, it is amazing that she can create wonderful music by her! Thank God for its power to bring us the real original sound … The real Deva is Billy Holiday!