Billie Holiday

Ladies Sing the Blues

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A variety of historical clips (all featuring female singers) are included on this worthy video -- 16 selections in all. Unfortunately, there is little chronological information included, but the quality of the music overrides any packaging faults. Bessie Smith performs "St. Louis Blues" from the film of the same name; Ethel Waters is on two lesser clips; Billie Holiday sings "Fine and Mellow" from The Sound of Jazz telecast; Ida Cox is seen in her only film appearance; and there are generally memorable clips featuring Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Connee Boswell, Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan, Helen Humes, and Peggy Lee (her "I Cover the Waterfront" is haunting).

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