“God Bless the Child That’s Got His Own”-Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.
“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. ”–Jimi Hendrix
It’s funny where you’ll hear good music sometimes. There I was, waiting to see the Ear, Nose and Throat doctor, when on the waiting room’s TV screen, a great, great version of “God Bless the Child” appeared and put a smile on my face. It was Tony Bennett and Billie Holiday…the editing was fantastic! You could just feel the respect and admiration Tony Bennett has/had for Lady Day! In 1997, Bennett put out a tribute album to Holiday, Tony Bennett on Holiday, but I have no idea when the video was made, obviously years later. For those of you who may not know, Mr. Bennett was very vocal during the Civil Rights Movement, marching alongside Dr. King. He is a philanthropist and just a good guy all around.
“Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan) grew up in jazz talent-rich Baltimore in the 1920s. As a young teenager, Holiday served the beginning part of her so-called “apprenticeship” by singing along with records by Bessie Smith or Louis Armstrong in after-hours jazz clubs. When Holiday’s mother, Sadie Fagan, moved to New York in search of a better job, Billie eventually went with her. She made her true singing debut in obscure Harlem nightclubs and borrowed her professional name – Billie Holiday – from screen star Billie Dove. Although she never underwent any technical training and never even so much as learned how to read music, Holiday quickly became an active participant in what was then one of the most vibrant jazz scenes in the country.”–Billie Holiday Official Site