Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933–1944 (2001) liner notes

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Billie Holiday

Elvis Costello

One of the wonderful things about her is that she lights up some pretty average songs, and there's a playfulness on the earlier records. Then it gets far more intense, and you get the great duets, with Lester Young. Sinatra covered a lot of songs that she did. It's interesting that he took so much from Billie Holiday. It's an interesting tribute to her that a singer so self-possessed as Sinatra clearly took so much, and I feel it's because she just imprinted herself all over those songs.

— Elvis Costello


Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday (2001) liner notes

EC's testimonial for the liner notes to Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933–1944.


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Booklet page.


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