(Billie Holiday – Love Me Or Leave Me)
Kicking off ladiesweek with possibly the most influential female vocalist of all time…Eleanora Fagan Gough popularly known as Billie Holiday who most certainly had a right to sing the Blues and sing them she did but in a new ‘uptown’ style that took it’s lead from the one and only Louis Armstrong.
Of course there’s Bessie Smith, Mahalia Jackson and Dinah Washington to consider but let’s leave that debate to one side.
very difficult to pick one slice of musicology from her repertoire but one it must be…
Accompanied by the sublime artistry of Teddy Wilson and full crew from sometime in the 1930’s … Billie step up to the m.i.c and let us know what time it is..