The Influence of Billie Holiday on Abbey Lincoln, Frank Sinatra, Carmen McRae & More

Dr. Porter previously shared his extensive unpublished research on Holiday. Now, after a quick review of some of that info on Billie, he delves into the many singers who were influenced by her, beginning with Sinatra and moving on to Carmen McRae, who knew Billie in the late ‘30s, Abbey Lincoln, who was an under-recognized songwriter, and others. We will even watch some of Audra MacDonald’s one-woman show where she played Billie!


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