Eleanora Harris*, better known as Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend saxophonist Lester Young, changed the art of American pop vocals forever, as John Bush writes on allmusic.com.
Before her, jazz and pop singers were tied to the Tin Pan Alley tradition and rarely personalized their songs.
*Before she switched to the stage name Billie Holiday, she called herself Eleanora Fagan, which was her maternal grandfather’s last name and was also used by her mother.
Billie Holiday Mini Biography
Note: This is a flash movie and therefore not visible on IOS devices. Sorry about that.
Me, Myself And I (Are All In Love With You)
There are several clips on YouTube, I have chosen the one, which has the lyrics included in the description.
The music was written by Irving Gordon with lyrics by Allen Roberts and Allen S. Kaufman. It was first recorded in 1937 by several artists including Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, Bob Howard and His Orchestra, and Dick Jurgens and His Orchestra with vocalist Eddy Howard.
This is just one example how Billie Holiday put a lot of spirit and expression into a song. Her bluesy style of singing is unique. Aside from that, “Me, Myself And I” is a great song to dance to.
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