Billie Holiday

The Lady Sings

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In 1956 Decca released “The Lady Sings” (DL 8215), a compilation of classic Billie Holiday records, originally issued on 78rpm discs from 1945 to 1950. The album contains two songs co-written by Irene Higginbotham, one of the only African-American women working in Tin Pan Alley at that time. No one really knows how many songs Irene may have written as it was likely to that she regularly had to conceal the fact that she was female, and an African-American female at that, working in a field dominated by white males. Be sure to check out “No Good Man” and “Good Morning Heartache”.

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