August 7, 2022

Today in History: Billie Holiday

Today in History–April 7–the Library of Congress features jazz singer Billie Holiday, born on this date in 1915 in Baltimore, Maryland. Although she had no formal music training, Holiday arranged and composed music in addition to singing. Her 1939 rendition of Lewis Allan's "Strange Fruit," a song about lynching, was described in the liner notes to Immortal Sessions of Billie Holiday as "…the most anguished and harrowing expression of protest against man's inhumanity to man that has ever been … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Sheet Music Collections & Teaching Resources

The Library of Congress has numerous collections of sheet music. America Singing: Nineteenth Century Song Sheets | Resources for Teachers Baseball Sheet Music | Teaching Resources Civil War Sheet Music Collection Early American Sheet Music Historic Sheet Music Collection, 1800-1922 Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1820 - 1860 | Teaching Resources Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, ca. 1870-1885 | Teaching Resources We'll Sing To Abe Our Song: Sheet … [Read more...]