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friday mixed tape: ladies sing the blues

Bessie Smith: St. Louis Blues
Queen of the 20s blues, in the 1929 film St. Louis Blues.

Billie Holiday: Fine and Mellow
Along with sax great Lester Young, the band here features an all-star line-up of luminaries: Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Gerry Mulligan, Roy Eldridge, Doc Cheatham, Vic Dickenson, Danny Barker, Milt Hinton, Mal Waldron.

Nina Simone: Ain’t Got No…I’ve Got Life
Not strictly the blues, but great tune/performance by the great Nina Simone.