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Behind the BeatBillie Holiday
Billie Holiday Billie Holiday in Performance, 1948
Other Selected Artist Discographies
By Loren Schoenberg, Conductor and Saxophonist

These lists have been compiled with the newcomer to jazz in mind. We have shied away from compilations wherever possible, for the simple reason that you may very well wind up buying the complete albums that were excerpted in the compilations. Here you have a small but representative sampling of some of the very best music Billie Holiday recorded in every period of her career, with as little duplication as possible.

Audio sampleWithout Your Love
Recorded June 15, 1937
(Courtesy Verve Music Group)


Audio sampleStrange Fruit
Recorded April 20, 1939
(Courtesy Verve Music Group)


Audio sample Solitude
Recorded May 9, 1941
(Courtesy Columbia/Legacy)


Audio sampleFine and Mellow
Recorded December 8, 1957
(Courtesy Verve Music Group)


The Quintessential Billie Holiday
Sony (9 volumes available individually)

All or Nothing at All
Verve

Complete Decca Recordings
Decca