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Interviews & Profiles

Billie Holiday

November 22, 2010 Holiday sang from the heart, and had enough heartache to fill a songbook.

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October 3, 2007 Few voices in recorded music are as immediately distinctive and arresting as that of "Lady Day."

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September 6, 2005 The book is a series of interviews with those who knew Billie Holliday personally.

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April 15, 2005 The comedian celebrates his uncle Milt Graber's contributions as a producer of jazz, popular music.

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Discover Songs

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March 29, 2010 The Sigur Ros frontman sits in as guest DJ for All Songs Considered.

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Betty Davis

February 9, 2009 Hear a special Valentine's Day mix tape from All Songs Considered.

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January 10, 2008 Hear a new mix of music from Billie Holiday, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Peter Gabriel, and Bon Iver.

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April 4, 2007 Billie Holiday's "Don't Explain" is the first music pick from the News & Notes staff.

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July 20, 2005 A life in slow motion from David Gray; solo acoustic work by Richard Thompson; face to face with...

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The cover of Love Songs

August 1, 2001 The jazz vocalist legend began her career in Harlem nightclubs, but hit her stride with Love Songs.

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News

Abel Meeropol watches as his sons, Robert and Michael, play with a train set.

September 5, 2012 Years later, the writer of the iconic Billie Holiday song was tied to another event in U.S. history.

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Queen Esther stands in front of Billie Holiday's gravesite in New York City.

July 17, 2012 Billie Holiday is buried in New York, but not near fellow jazz stars Duke Ellington and Miles Davis.

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Louis Armstrong

January 10, 2011 Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday are included in Universal Music's recordings.

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Reviews

Betty Davis

February 9, 2009 Hear a special Valentine's Day mix tape from All Songs Considered.

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May 19, 2005 A review of a new collection of recordings and rare TV appearances by Billie Holiday.

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The cover of Lady in Satin

August 1, 2001 One year before her death, Billie Holiday recorded her last studio album including many classics.

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The cover of Love Songs

August 1, 2001 The jazz vocalist legend began her career in Harlem nightclubs, but hit her stride with Love Songs.

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More Stories

American blues singer Billie Holiday singing with an orchid in her hair.

April 10, 2000 Commentator Nat Hentoff looks back at Billie Holiday's 1957 performance of "Fine and Mellow."

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February 6, 2007 Listeners share their favorite Valentine's Day songs and the stories of how they came to love them.

In a conversation aired on WBGO, Jessye Norman credits the study of jazz with her understanding of song interpretation.

September 20, 2013 The soprano tells WBGO that studying jazz vocalists influenced the way she interprets songs.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono

May 16, 2012 Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton begin their quest to pin down the most universally loved albums.

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A Sad guitarist

September 30, 2010 What's the saddest music in the world? The question unleashed a river of tears for our readers.

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October 4, 2009 Hear five jazz songs to get you into a groove, even if that groove reflects a relationship hangover.

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June 22, 2009 Hear singers who have invested the song with new meaning, including Billie Holiday and Rene Marie.

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April 6, 2009 Hear five songs that were originally written as poems to be read, not as lyrics to be sung.

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April 11, 2008 Holiday's voice was unlike that of any other singer in her time, and remains unmatched in style.

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February 13, 2008 Instead of candies and cards, impress your sweetheart with some music inspired by love.

Broken Heart.

February 11, 2008 Hear heartbreaking songs of love lost, performed by some of the greatest jazz singers of all time.

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Billy Remembers Billie

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  • Album: Billy Remembers Billie
  • Artist: Billie Holiday
  • Label: Verve
  • Released: 2005
 

Billy Crystal Presents: The Milt Gabler Story

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  • Album: Billy Crystal Presents: The Milt Gabler Story
  • Artist: Various
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  • Released: 2005
 

Ultimate Collection

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  • Album: Ultimate Collection
  • Artist: Billie Holiday
  • Label: Hip-O
  • Released: 2005
 

Sound of Jazz [Columbia/Sony]

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  • Album: Sound of Jazz [Columbia/Sony]
  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Label: Sony
  • Released: 1958
 

The Ultimate Collection

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  • Released: 2005
 

69 Love Songs, Pt. 3

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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Elvin Bishop

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Astral Weeks

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I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

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Percy Faith's Greatest Hits

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Mellow Yellow

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The Covers Record

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Led Zeppelin IV

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Turn Back The Years: The Essential Hank Williams Collection

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Alone in Iz World

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Plans

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Pablo Honey

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Gold

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16 Lovers Lane

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True Love: A Standards Collection

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Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (1933-1944)

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  • Album: Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (1933-1944)
  • Artist: Billie Holiday
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  • Released: 2001
 

At Carnegie Hall: The Billie Holiday Story, Vol. 6

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  • Album: At Carnegie Hall: The Billie Holiday Story, Vol. 6
  • Artist: Billie Holiday
  • Label: Polygram
  • Released: 1995
 

Lady in Satin

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Love Songs

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