It was around 1950 I heard Billie Holiday for the
first time. We were a group of teen-agers preparing a play at the home
of one of our teachers, and when I told him my favourite record was
Louis Armstrong’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’” from 1938, he put a record with
his favourite singer on the turntable. There she was: Billie Holiday,
singing “Am I Blue?” From that day I was hooked. I have been collecting
her records ever since.
I was 16 when I eventually heard Billie Holiday in person, January 18th, 1954, in Copenhagen, on Leonard Feather’s ‘Jazz Club USA’-tour in Europe.
Many are the times I’ve searched in vain on the
Internet for discographical notes of different recording artists.
Regarding to Miss Holiday I’ve found a lot of homepages, but none
answering my needs.
I had to make my own Billie Holiday Homepage!
In Eleanora Fagan and William F. Dufty’s ‘LADY SINGS THE BLUES’ (Doubleday & Company, New York, 1956) there’s an incomplete discography by Bill Galletly.
In the archives of Danish libraries I have found a booklet by the internationally recognized Danish jazz discographer Jørgen Grunnet Jepsen. (Karl Emil Knudsen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1960).
This booklet is the main source for completing
Galletly’s discography, and I have supplied with additions and
corrections from Jack Millar’s “Born to Sing” (Jazzmedia ApS,
Copenhagen, Denmark, 1979) and Thomas Heilmann’s “Billie” (Heilmanns
Forlag, Holte, Denmark, 1993) plus some of my own later findings.
I am only listing original labels – and a few more I find important.
Should any reader know of omissions or other corrections to the following I should be very happy to receive that information on email@example.com
Erik Svinding Olsen
September 14, 2005
December 14, 2010