Billie Holiday, born Eleanora Fagan Gough, made her
singing debut in obscure Harlem nightclubs. She then toured with Count
Basie and Artie Shaw before going solo. Benny Goodman dragged the
frightened young singer to her first studio session. Between 1933 and
1944, she recorded over 200 "sides," but never received
royalties for any of them. Despite a lack of technical training,
Holiday's unique diction, inimitable phrasing, and acute dramatic
intensity made her an outstanding jazz singer, musical legend and is
still extremely popular to this day.
This irreplaceable archive collection includes 3 newly discovered Billie Holiday performances from the 1950's that haven't been seen by the public in nearly 45 years. Other performances as well as live audio recordings will be part of this window into the world of one of the most unforgettable singers of the 20th Century. Also included are many original personal letters, set lists, unpublished lyrics, birth, death, and divorce certificates, signed photos, canceled checks, shopping lists, audio cassette interviews, several drafts of an in-depth biography that was never published, and much, much more.
This Interactive DVD contains: * Audio Interviews With Record Producers and Musicians in the 1960's and early 70's * Photo Gallery - 50+ Photos and Memorabilia Archive *
Discography Performance clips include: * My Man * Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone * Lady Sings the Blues * Fine and Mellow * New Orleans * Symphony in Black
Audio Recordings will include: * They Can't Take That Away From Me * Swing, Brother, Swing * I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone ...and more!