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Happy Holiday

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Happy Holiday
Happy Holiday


It is inevitable that every account of Billie Holiday's life focuses on the prolonged addiction to drink and drugs that culminated in her premature death at the age of 44 on the 17th July, 1959. This compilation, however, is entitled "Happy Holiday" and thus attempts to concentrate on the upbeat side of her career.

Having said that, although many of the songs included here are upbeat musically, lyrically or both, Billie's voice is so plaintive and her phrasing and melodic invention so unique that even seemingly 'happy' songs often sound wistful and melancholic. Several songs whose lyrical content would seem to qualify them as 'happy' have been omitted simply because of Billie's delivery. Nevertheless, Billie handles the bitter-sweet comedy of numbers such as "A Fine Romance", "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off" and "My Sweet Hunk O' Trash" (in a duet with Louis Armstrong) with great style and humour, justifying record producer and talent scout John Hammond's description of her: "She was not a blues singer, but she sang popular songs in a manner that made them completely her own. She had an uncanny ear, an excellent memory for lyrics, and she sang with an exquisite sense of phrasing. She always loved Armstrong's sound and it is not too much to say that she sang the way he played horn. Further, she was absolutely beautiful, with a look and a bearing that were, indeed, Lady-like and never deserted her, even in the degraded final years."


  1. Name
  2. Let's Do It
  3. Having Myself A Time
  4. T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
  5. Miss Brown To You
  6. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  7. Pennies From Heaven
  8. Laughing At Life
  9. Getting Some Fun Out Of Life
  10. Things Are Looking Up
  11. Me, Myself And I
  12. I've Got A Date With A Dream
  13. My Sweet Hunk O' Trash
  14. Crazy He Calls Me
  15. Yankee Doodle Never Went To Town
  16. Eeny Meeny Miney Mo
  17. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
  18. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  19. The Mood That I'm In
  20. Tenderly
  21. Life Begins When You're In Love
  22. Them There Eyes
  23. I Wished On The Moon
  24. These 'N' That 'N' Those
  25. It's Too Hot For Words
  26. Swing, Brother, Swing
  27. Spreadin' Rhythm Around
  28. What A Little Moonlight Can Do
  29. Now They Call It Swing
  30. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  31. What A Night, What A Moon, What A Girl
  32. You Showed Me The Way
  33. Yours And Mine
  34. Easy Living
  35. He's Funny That Way
  36. When You're Smiling
  37. Back In Your Own Backyard
  38. Here It Is Tomorrow Again
  39. Romance In The Dark
  40. Mandy Is Two
  41. You're My Thrill
  42. A Fine Romance
  43. One, Two, Button Your Shoe
  44. With Thee I Swing
  45. Say It With A Kiss
  46. You're So Desirable
  47. Sugar
  48. Our Love Is Different
  49. You're A Lucky Guy
  50. Time On My Hands
  51. I'm Pulling Through
  52. Practice Makes Perfect
  53. I Hear Music
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