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The Day Lady Died: Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday died in New York City at 3 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 1959-45 years to the day of this broadcast. In addition to Holiday's music-"Don't Worry 'Bout Me," from her little-known last album BILLIE HOLIDAY (recorded after LADY IN SATIN), "This Year's Kisses" (with Lester Young), the vibrant early side "Life Begins When You're in Love," a moodier & spookier alternate take of her Decca recording "No More," and other tracks-we'll hear Lester Young and Mal Waldron talking about Billie, along with Waldron and Holiday's composition "Left Alone." The program also includes a 1966 recording of Frank O'Hara reading his poetic tribute, "The Day Lady Died."

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