Diana Ross (The Supremes)
With her luminous voice, Billie Holiday changed jazz forever.
Her life was tough but so was she. Billie Holiday took her pain and channeled it into haunting vocal performances that resonated in your spine.
Diana Ross Inducts Billie HolidayDiana Ross Inducts Billie Holiday at the 2000 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Diana Ross Inducts Billie Holiday00:03:30
Mifflin Hayes Accepts On Behalf oF Billie Holiday00:01:42
"God Bless the Child"00:04:38
Hall of Fame Essay
Billie Holiday didn’t just sing a song, she took possession of it.
And she repossessed it every time she sang. From the beginning, even in 1933 when she was eighteen, recording for the first time (with Benny Goodman), and “scared half to death” by the big studio microphone, she liked to move in slowly.
She would feel out the bones of a tune, lift up a lyric (something as mundane as “out of the frying pan”), shake it out, then smooth the words like a glove over the contours of her own heartache.
Lady Day, such an original, so authentic, no one like her.
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