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Covers - The World of Billie Holiday

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Diana Ross  Good Morning Heartache   buy on itunes
Nina Simone  Strange Fruit   buy on itunes
Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie Big Band  Fine and Mellow   buy on itunes
Frank Sinatra  Night and Day   buy on itunes
Michael Bublé  These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)   buy on itunes
Cat Power  Don't Explain   buy on itunes
Marianne Faithfull  Gloomy Sunday   buy on itunes
Kate Bush  The Man I Love   buy on itunes
Barbra Streisand  My Man   buy on itunes
Aretha Franklin  Crazy He Calls Me   buy on itunes
Bettye LaVette  God Bless the Child   buy on itunes
Carmen McRae  Billie's Blues   buy on itunes
Anita O'Day  Them There Eyes   buy on itunes
Blossom Dearie  Lover Man   buy on itunes
Dianne Reeves  What a Little Moonlight Can Do   buy on itunes
Rod Stewart  All of Me   buy on itunes
Chet Baker  Travelin' Light   buy on itunes
Wynton Marsalis  I Cover the Waterfront   buy on itunes
Dee Dee Bridgewater  Lady Sings the Blues   buy on itunes
Casey MacGill & the Spirits of Rhythm  Swing Brother Swing   buy on itunes


The best singers don't merely cover Billie Holiday — they absorb her, carrying her torch a few yards more, keeping her flame alive for new generations. Former Supremes leader Diana Ross, who garnered an Academy Award® nomination for her portrayal of Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues, captures Billie's deep-seated vulnerability — not to mention her pitch-perfect phrasing — in "Good Morning Heartache." Nina Simone slows the already dirge-like "Strange Fruit" to a glacial crawl, slicing open the song's veins with a performance that's equal parts mournful, bitter, and defiant. And if you thought only soul and R&B singers dive heart-first into Billie Holiday's songbook, check out Marianne Faithfull's burned-out, bummed-out, cabaret-chanteuse take on "Gloomy Sunday." But don't stop there: From Chet Baker to Cat Power, your favorite artists — from every corner of the musical universe — have spent the last 50-plus years striving for just a little taste of the Holiday magic.
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