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For Lady: Early Tribute LPs To Billie Holiday

Two years before and after Holiday's death in 1959 six albums dedicated to the iconic singer were released...

Although there had been tribute LPs to other artists before Billie Holiday–Bix Beiderbecke and Fats Waller among them–the concept really took off in the two years before and after Holiday’s death in 1959, as six albums dedicated to the iconic singer were released. We’ll hear selections from little-known trumpeter Webster Young’s 1957 For Lady, as well as Anita O’Day’s Travlin’ Light, Johnny Griffin’s White Gardenia, Sam Cooke’s Tribute to the Lady, Carmen McRae’s Sings Loverman, and Mal Waldron’s Left Alone.

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