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Tributes to the Lady

A look at the many tribute albums created for "Lady Day" Billie Holiday

The 1961 album "Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man and Other Billie Holiday Classics" was McRae's first tribute album to Billie Holiday, followed by "For Lady Day, Volume 1" in 1984.

Singer Billie Holiday is without a doubt one of the most influential jazz singers from any era. Her intensely personal and emotionally-charged singing style influenced nearly every singer that followed in her wake. When she died in 1959, tribute albums to Holiday began pouring out, even within a few years after her death. On this episode, we’ll examine those tribute works, hearing some of Billie’s most beloved songs sung by Abbey Lincoln, Tony Bennett, Carmen McRae, and more.

Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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