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Thursday, May 6, 2021

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN


Billie Holiday
((April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959))
She remains (four decades after her death) the most famous of all jazz singers. "Lady Day" (as she was named by Lester Young) had a small voice and did not scat but her innovative behind-the-beat phrasing made her quite influential. The emotional intensity that she put into the words she sang (particularly in later years) was very memorable and sometimes almost scary; she often really did live the words she sang.
At the age of 10, she reported that she had been raped.

According to Billie Holiday's own account, she was recruited by a brothel, worked as a prostitute in 1930, and was eventually imprisoned for a short time for solicitation.


Su nombre es sinónimo de cantante de jazz, si hablamos del estereotipo: artistas de existencia turbulenta, criaturas desdichadas pero con una rara capacidad para conmover al oyente sensible. Como modelo expresivo, Billie Holiday es seguida por muchas aspirantes a divas.
Hay mucho material para estudiar a Billie: aparte de sus numerosos discos, abundan los libros que analizan su arte y, sobre todo, su vida.
Todo lo que sabíamos -o imaginábamos- sobre Billie Holiday parece un pálido reflejo de la realidad. Criada en la calle, se dedicó a la prostitución y quedó marcada por las leyes de aquel negocio: solía casarse o emparejarse con proxenetas violentos y ladrones.





Im a fool to want you
Im a fool to want you
To want a love that can't be true
A love that's there for others too

Im a fool to hold you
Such a fool to hold you
To seek a kiss not mine alone
To share a kiss that devil has known

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