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Becoming Billie Holiday  Cover Image Book Book

Becoming Billie Holiday / Carole Boston Weatherford ; art by Floyd Cooper.


Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday looks back on her early years in this fictional memoir written in verse.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781590785072 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 159078507X (hardcover ; alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: 117 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: Honesdale, Penn. : Wordsong, ©2008.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (page 116).
Formatted Contents Note:
Intro: what shall I say? -- Why was I born? -- Love me or leave me -- My first impression of you -- How could you? -- One, two button your shoe -- Missa cantata/sung mass -- Left alone -- Say it isn't so -- Eeny meeny miney mo -- (You ain't gonna bother me) no more -- Practice makes perfect -- Ghost of yesterday -- Don't worry 'bout me -- Sailboat in the moonlight -- Havin' myself a time -- Guilty -- Gloomy sunday -- It's a sin to tell a lie -- God bless the child -- Back in your own backyard -- Jeepers creepers -- I'll never be the same -- Darn that dream -- I hear music: the blues are brewin -- St. Louis blues by W.C. Handy, 1914 -- It's the same old story -- But beautiful -- Ave Maria -- I wished on the moon -- If my heart could only talk -- Ain't nobody'sbusiness if I do -- No good man: I'm a fool to want you -- I'm painting the town red -- Trav'lin' light -- You go to my head -- Trav'lin all alone -- Bridge: I cover the waterfront -- Autumn in New York -- Let's call the whole thing off -- Love for sale -- Time on my hands -- Lady's back in town -- Do your duty -- Just one more chance -- I don't stand a ghost of a chance -- You gotta show me -- Spreadin' the rhythm around -- This is heaven to me -- Beyond the sea (La mer) -- A fine romance -- You let me down -- Matinee: American beauty -- But not for me -- I can't believe that you're in love with me -- How deep is the Ocean? -- Too marvelous for words -- Everything I have is yours -- That's life I guess -- Please don't talk about me when I'm gone -- Pennies from heaven -- When you're smiling -- Our love is different -- Just friends -- I get a kick out of you -- Body and soul -- Nice work if you can get it -- Matinee: Emperor Jones -- It's like reaching for the moon -- I can't face the music -- Twenty-Four hnours a day -- Sophisticated lady -- I'm in a low down groove -- Gimme a pigfoot and a bottle of beer -- I only havr eyes for you -- That's all I ask of you -- Them there eyes -- I'm a fool to want you -- I got it bad (and that ain't good) -- These'N'that'N'those -- Now they call it swing -- Things are looking up -- I've got a date with a dream -- Detour ahead -- Do you know what it means to Miss New Orleans? -- Foolin' myself -- One for my baby (and one more for the road) -- Moonlight in Vermont -- Please don't do it in here -- I don't know if I'm coming or going -- With thee I swing -- Big stuff -- The way you look tonight -- You turned the tables on me -- I gotta right to sing the blues -- I cried for you -- If dreams come true -- Coda: strange fruit.
Awards Note:
Coretta Scott King Honor, author, 2009.
Subject: Holiday, Billie, 1915-1959 > Fiction.
African American women singers > Fiction.
Jazz singers > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Novels in verse.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kenton County.


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