New York's WKCR to Celebrate Billie Holiday's Birthday With Two Weeks of Her Work

Classic Arts News   New York's WKCR to Celebrate Billie Holiday's Birthday With Two Weeks of Her Work
 
In honor of Billie Holiday's 90th birthday, the New York radio station WKCR will broadcast a two-week marathon of the legendary vocalist's songs.

The Billie Holiday Festival will take place April 1-15.

The program, a departure from the station's usual 24-hour marathon on an artist's birthday, will include all of Holiday's records, live recordings, and radio and television appearances, as well as interviews with Holiday and those who collaborated with her.

Holiday made her recording debut with Benny Goodman in 1933, and sang with such jazz legends as Teddy Wilson, Roy Eldridge, and Lester Young. Her signature songs included "Strange Fruit," "Lady Sings the Blues," "Don't Explain," and "God Bless the Child," the latter her own composition. She died in 1959.


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