BIILIE HOLIDAY SONGS is a tribute to a great singer. Here you will find lots of information about lyrics, discography and all her songs.


A brief site description, following the menu at right:

GUIDE: see how many tracks are available from BH. A track is a recorded song, or an interview, or a rehearsal.
SONGS & LYRICS: find here, in alphabetical order, the lyrics for every song Billie ever recorded. Exactly as she phrased it. And some more curious facts about them.
DISCOGRAPHY: here you find the description of every phono record that contains any track she ever recorded. Starting with the 78 rpm shellac discs, and evolving to vinyl Long-Plays and CDs.
RECORDING SESSIONS is a chronology of every recording session. Here you find the date, local and the musicians that took part in it. They are described in two major cathegories: the Studio sessions and the Live Sessions. The latter her presentations in shows, theaters, movies and radio and TV broadcastings.
MUSICIANS: the artists Billie worked with.
COMPOSERS a tribute to these great lyricists and musicians.

Hope you enjoy.

Paulo Novaes


14 thoughts on “HOME

  1. What truly stimulated you to publish “Billie Holiday Songs | A site dedicated to Billie Holiday’s Songs and Discography”? I personallyreally appreciated the post! Thanks for the post -Rafaela

  2. Thank You from my heart.
    This site is really beautiful tribute to Billie Holiday, and I bow my head and kiss Your feet for it. Just about year ago I installed ‘Spotify’ and short search brought over 10 thousands tracks of Billie. Now I’m able to sort them in order…
    Thank You
    Greetings from Finland..

    • Dear Goran,

      wow, I am happy that you liked it that much. Send me your suggestions and let me know if I can be of any further help.
      Regards from Rio de Janeiro


  3. I am doing reaserch on billie holiday and this is a great website to go to for her songs and to find them so thank you for the effort with the website

  4. I want to give you my appreciation and congratulation for the work on Billie Holiday you did on this web. I’m the wife of Tony Scott (clarinet arranger, pianist etc…) and it took me years to collect and do this kind of job for him to pay homage to his long and very articulate career. In the meanwhile he passed away …and I’m still working on it ..so much material ! ahahhaha!
    Thank you very much from my heart ! Tony loved Billie so much that he transmetted me the virus! I LOVE BILLIE and she is the only one.
    p.s. Billie was singing in Italy too:
    November 3 to 9
    here’s the notes about it. I have also a picture which I’ll sen you by mail , send me yours, mine is cinziascott@alice.it

    Billie was in Milano in 1958, from November 3 to 9
    at the first concert she could sing four songs only, at the fifth she was interrupted by the orrible audience. The concert was in a “avanspettacolo” theatre . The audiencewas not use to jazz!
    the second concert:
    Il 9 novembre, Milano piazza Beccarla – teatro Gerolamo
    ultimo giorno di permanenza a Milano della cantante, fu organizzato da appassionati e intenditori di jazz uno spettacolo “riparatore”
    Billie Holiday with Mal Waldron on piano. Il pubblico le tributò una vera e propria ovazione

  5. Dear Goran I think that on you discography you’ve missed the 1956 rehearsal at the Dufty’s home which was published by Verve. The rehearsal was taped by Tony Scott with his own tape machine and sold to Verve some years ago, -songs: Misery (Tony Scott’s song) , Israel, God Bless the child, Beer bear Polka , A Yiddishe mama, Lady’s Back in Town (T.Scott song) etc with discussions (on the Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 10 CD box you’ll find on: https://itunes.apple.com/it/album/complete-billie-holiday-on/id16221291

    • Dear Cinzia,
      I didn´t include in the chronology comments about rehersals, that’s why. But I mentioned in Lyrics the song “Lady´s Back in Town” – unfortunately only fragments. If you have the original lyrics, I would appreciate to have it.

  6. Great side this is. I recently discovered the greatness of Billie’s music; I first bought a cd box of het Columbia Years and then her recordings for Verve; So, it is good to control, if there are still songs missing in my collection, and you find all info about songwriters and recording dates, really great and thank you, this side is already one of my favourites, keep on doing the good work, thanks a lot! Patrick from Belgium.

  7. Hi Paulo,
    Do you have a list of those songs which Billie Holiday wrote, but did not record. If you haven’t then I can supply you a list of these if you are interested.
    Kind regards…..Kevin.

    • Dear Kevin,

      No, I don´t, and never heard of those. I will appreciate having those – where did you get them?

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