Lady Sings the Blues

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In a poignant, dramatic memoir, Billie Holiday tells not only of her rise to fame as a blues singer, but also of the exploitation and racial prejudice she encountered as well as of her struggle with heroin addiction.

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User Review  - mahallett - LibraryThing

Translating her voice is revealing. She doesn't talk much about men and I'm sure she was a handful. She was treated so badly by whites and cops and blacks for that matter. Read full review

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I am a big Billie Holiday fan, I have all of her music and once I start playing it, it so difficult to stop. When I received it in the mail, the cover seemed strangely familiar. Then I read the first ... Read full review


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About the author (1984)

Billie Holiday, "Lady Day," started singing in Harlem nightclubs when she was 14 years old; she began singing professionally at the age of 15. She was discovered by impresario John Hammond and bandleader Benny Goodman in 1933. She appeared in bands with Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, and others. She also had a successful solo career, giving concerts in the United States and Europe. Her addiction to narcotics and alcohol brought about her early death at the age of 44. She sang mostly popular tunes of the day with her own unique "bluesy" style. Her recordings are still reissued, and a film based on her life, Lady Sings the Blues, starring Diana Ross, was released in 1972.

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