The Diva

The Diva

by Billie Holiday


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The Diva

Part of Verve's Diva Series of compilations, this Billie Holiday collection is by no means the definitive account of her career -- Columbia's Lady Day: The Best of Billie Holiday takes that honor. That said, it is still a great introduction to the vocalist's singular and influential style. There is a timely flow to the track listing on most of the Diva Series albums, and this collection is no exception. Included are such landmark recordings as "Don't Explain," "God Bless the Child," and Holiday's haunting signature tune, "Strange Fruit." Longtime Holiday fanatics will most likely already have these recordings, but for newly interested listeners, at over 14 tracks, this competes well with other similar single-disc collections.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2003
Label: Verve
UPC: 0044006520421
catalogNumber: 065204

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist
Tony Scott   Clarinet
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Tiny Grimes   Guitar
Chico Hamilton   Drums
Eddie Heywood   Piano
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Red Mitchell   Bass
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Specs Powell   Drums
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Tab Smith   Alto Saxophone
Willie Smith   Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Eddie Barefield   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Aaron Bell   Bass
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Cozy Cole   Drums
Horace Henderson   Piano
Klink   Alto Saxophone
Johnny Mince   Alto Saxophone
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Stan Webb   Baritone Saxophone
George Duvivier   Bass
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Wallace Bishop   Drums
Ray Brown   Bass
Mort Bullman   Trombone
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
Pete Clark   Alto Saxophone
Shad Collins   Trumpet
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
Eddie Dougherty   Drums
Joe Guy   Trumpet
Armand Karpoff   Viola
Leo Kruczek   Violin
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Lenny McBrowne   Drums
Dave McRae   Baritone Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone
Hank Ross   Tenor Saxophone
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums
John Simmons   Bass
Carson Smith   Bass
Bill Stegmeyer   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Bobby Tucker   Piano
Dick Vance   Trumpet
Sonny White   Piano
John Williams   Bass
Carl Drinkard   Piano
Kenneth Hollon   Tenor Saxophone
Sammy Benskin   Piano
Tony Faso   Trumpet
George Stevenson   Trombone
Morris Lefkowitz   Violin
Daniel Perry   Guitar
Armand Camgros   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy McLin   Guitar
Bobby Williams   Trumpet
Stanley Payne   Tenor Saxophone
George Serloff   Violin
Art Drellinger   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Charles Jaffe   Violin
Frank Siefiels   Violin

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Tony Scott   Arranger,Producer
Eddie Heywood   Arranger
Herbie Nichols   Composer
Ogden Nash   Composer
Dorothy Parker   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Toots Camarata   Arranger
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Milt Gabler   Producer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Wesley Wilson   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Arthur Altman   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Doris Tauber   Composer
William Tracey   Composer
Alexander Gelfand   Note Editing
Ken Druker   Executive Producer
Lewis Allan   Composer
Gary Kelley   Illustrations

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