Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday (1990)

Genres - Music, History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Social History  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States  |  
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Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter

Billie Holiday is recognized as one of the greatest blues and jazz vocalists of all time. This program tells her story. Holiday's song, "Strange Fruit," a reference to the lynching of black Americans in the South, was voted the most important piece of music of the 20th century. The singer experienced firsthand the indignities of racism in her native land. She found solace in the alcohol and drugs which eventually killed her. Her music continues to thrill audiences. Many of her signature tunes are included in this documentary, such as "St. Louis Blues," "My Man," and "God Bless the Child." Archival film clips show Billie Holiday in performances in film, television, and concert appearances. Interviews with musical colleagues and friends give insight into the troubled life of this giant of American music.



addiction, Black [race], blues-music, film-clips, hardships, jazz, racism, singer