Sunday, July 18, 2010

bye, billie

my big sis gave me a record that includes this performance, from near the end of billie holiday's life. watch the nonverbals between her and lester young as he starts his solo. she died of cirhossis at age 44, 50 years ago yesterday. they say that he drank a bottle of bourbon every day and when he got tired of living, he just stopped eating. so much beauty from people near the end.


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