Queens of Heartache


Queens of Heartache

A look at iconic female singers of the 20th century who tragically died young. The singers featured include Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Maria Callas and Janis Joplin.


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# Good morning, heartache

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# You old gloomy sight... #

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They have voices that make you weep, songs of heartbreak and betrayal,

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lives that seem to mirror their music and deaths that came too soon and made myths of them all.

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Yet their voices triumph over tragedy.

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# Take another little piece of my heart... #

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They are icons of the 20th century.

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Queens of heartache.

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# Take another little bit of my heart, yeah, yeah, yeah... #

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Janis Joplin, the wild queen.

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She was joy-bringer

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and ecstasy, although, you know, she sang about doom.

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# Somewhere over... #

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Judy Garland, the showbiz queen.

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She had a lot of yearning in her voice.

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She was always striving for happiness and never could seem to find it.

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Maria Callas, drama queen.

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I think her life was at times as tragic as the roles she played.

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You could absolutely hear the heartache in her voice.

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# God bless the child that's got his own... #

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Billie Holiday, troubled queen.

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There is a pining, that yearning.

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Every word she says make you go like "Ah, if I can only give it to you.

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"What is it you want?"

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APPLAUSE

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And Edith Piaf, the urchin queen.

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Alone in the spotlight she stood small but strong,

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# Non! Rien de rien... #

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She became both the voice of her nation and of everyone who's ever made a mistake.

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It was only feeling.

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Only emotion. Only truth.

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# Ni le mal tout ca m'est bien egal!

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# Non! Rien de rien... #

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I remember exactly where I was when I first heard her.

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I just thought she had such a stunning voice, very rich.

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And there was a pure emotion in her singing.

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# ..oublie, je me fous du passe... #

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Those who have seen Piaf on stage, they have never forgotten that.

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She was touching the public and she wanted to touch the public.

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# Non! Rien de rien... #

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TRANSLATION: It was instinctive, it was in her.

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It came from her heart, all of her.

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# Car ma vie

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# Car me joies

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# Aujourd'hui

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# Ca commence avec toi.. #

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APPLAUSE

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Edith Piaf was born in a poor part of Paris during the First World War.

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She's said to have been born on these steps.

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Her mother abandoned her when she was little.

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TRANSLATION: She had a lot of talent too.

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She had a magnificent voice, apparently, but all the vices.

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She died of drugs, an overdose.

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Edith then lived with her grandparents in a brothel

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till she joined her father, an acrobat and street singer.

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She never went to school, but started making money singing with him.

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# ..On s'en fout

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# Nul ne s'y accroche... #

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At 17, she had a baby girl, who died aged two.

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TRANSLATION: It was a mistake of youth.

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A good song if it is written well makes you feel that emotion,

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A good song if it is written well makes you feel that emotion,

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even if you haven't been in that specific situation.

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Someone who really has gone through the hardships

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like Edith Piaf, she's really singing from the heart.

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# Je revoie la ville en fete et en elire

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# Suffoquant sous le soleil et sous la joie... #

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Edith was 19 when she was discovered singing on a street corner.

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Her career on the music hall stage took off.

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Her fame as a singer grew in occupied France.

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Later she would become a symbol of French survival if not active resistance -

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the voice of the people.

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TRANSLATION: She was a symbol of the strength of a country.

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She was the soul of her people called France.

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# C'est merveilleux

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# La vie peinte en bleu

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# Un grand coup de soleil... #

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In films, she usually played herself, an urchin who becomes a star.

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Straight after the war she had an affair with Yves Montand.

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Her fame was spreading round the world.

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Charles Aznavour lived in her very Bohemian house.

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It was a crazy house. Not too much furnitures,

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good cook -

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important, and crazy moments.

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You have to realise it was not a long time after the war

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and we used to enjoy freedom.

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We were thinking about songs and music

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and going around Paris night clubs till three or four in the morning.

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# Quand il me prend dans ses bras

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# Il me parle tout bas

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# Je vois la vie en rose... #

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She had a great appetite for everything.

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She was what we call in French a 'monstre sacre', a sacred monster.

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She was what we call in French a 'monstre sacre', a sacred monster.

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It's a compliment.

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She used to eat like a monster, love like a monster and drink like a monster.

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She was what we call bigger than life.

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She was really bigger than life.

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On stage she was mesmerising.

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If you've ever sung on the street, you gain a very particular sort

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of knowledge which is about grabbing people.

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It's about getting them right in.

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She had that.

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She carries that absolutely into her concert career.

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# Quand y reviendra de la guerre

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# Ils prendront une maison

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# Elle sera la caissiere Et lui, sera le patron... #

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TRANSLATION: Basically she made love to the public.

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She made love with songs. She always believed in a song.

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It wasn't just music, it meant something.

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# ..la java Qu'elle fredonne tout bas

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# Elle revoit son accordeoniste

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# Et ses yeux amoureux

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# Suivent le jeu nerveux

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# Et les doigts secs et longs de l'artiste... #

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Even when she's singing something which is about

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Even when she's singing something which is about

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how dreadful life can be, there's a strength and resilience in her...

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how dreadful life can be, there's a strength and resilience in her...

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all the time.

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# Arretez la musique! #

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She believed, she felt it was real.

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But it was also an act.

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She knew what worked.

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She found out very fast that her way was the tragic songs.

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She used to say you have to find me something, a new death, a new way to die.

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TRANSLATION: She was very perfectionist, very professional.

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It was me doing the lights. The dark was very important to her.

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It had to be timed just right,

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so that it coincided precisely with a gesture or a note.

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She used to have one gesture a song, not two.

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But that gesture was the right one.

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# ..Foule qui nous traine, nous entraine

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# Et nous eloigne

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# L'un de l'autre je lutte et je me debats... #

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Once, Piaf went on stage drunk and was booed off.

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The public was against her.

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She sang two hours and she came out with a standing ovation.

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And I had that...

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Means you know I made it.

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As with the audience, so with her loves.

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Aznavour remembers introducing her to one.

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She turned to me and...

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I knew...

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she was in love, already.

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It never lasted long, about two years.

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It was always before a new opening in Paris,

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but she was sincere.

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Each time she was totally sincere.

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The older she got, the younger they got, like Georges Moustakis, 18 years her junior.

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The older she got, the younger they got, like Georges Moustakis, 18 years her junior.

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The way I felt her was somebody very completely free.

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She didn't care about nothing.

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If she wanted something, if she believed in something,

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she would do it like an adolescent.

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She was passionate in every second of her life.

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People were saying her days on stage were numbered.

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She was ill and exhausted from a lifetime of excesses, performing, drinking, car crashes, morphine.

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Charles Dumont had written a song for her.

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TRANSLATION: She didn't want to see Charles Dumont, she hated him.

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He'd sent other songs she didn't like at all.

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One day, reluctantly, she let him in.

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TRANSLATION: I was in a rage.

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I hit the piano hard shouting, "No, nothing, nothing." I regret nothing.

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And she said, "Young man,

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"you've made a song there that will be heard all over the world."

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# Non! Rien de rien

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# Non! Je ne regrette rien

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# Ni le bien qu'on m'a fait... #

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There's a sense of triumph.

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She's like a phoenix coming out of the ashes in that song. I just love it.

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TRANSLATION: When she said those words 'I regret nothing,'

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she summed up her life because she was a completely straight woman.

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She was a block of granite.

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In 1962, she married one of her boys and a year later, she died.

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She was only 47.

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Love was not her big subject.

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It was her reason of living.

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She was...

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something quite extraordinary

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something quite extraordinary

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something quite extraordinary

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and we have never replaced Piaf.

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Piaf's exultant energy brought vast crowds to their feet.

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But in the USA, a cooler queen was born in the same year as Piaf.

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Where one became the voice of liberated France, the other was defiant but never triumphant.

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I give you, Billie Holiday.

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I give you, Billie Holiday.

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The trouble queen was more melancholy, altogether more intimate.

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# My man don't love me

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# He treats me oh so mean... #

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You can't sound like that

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without having gone through something.

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I really believe that.

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# My man don't love me, he treats me awful mean

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# It was a growl

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# It was haunting.

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# He's the lowest man

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# That I've ever seen... #

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You always knew that it was Lady.

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Lady sang with authority and emotion.

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# Love is just like a faucet... #

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It was really something from another world.

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It was really something from another world.

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It's like being confided in by someone.

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# Love is just like a faucet... #

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She did say to me whatever you do when you sing, tell the truth.

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Tell the truth, speak the truth.

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# Some times when you think it's on, baby

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# It has turned off and gone... #

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# Them that's got, shall get

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# Them that's not, shall lose... #

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Billie 's mother was an occasional prostitute, her father a musician who drifted in and out of her life.

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Her dad was 17 when she was born.

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Her dad was 17 when she was born.

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She had no money, no security,

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molested early in life, sexually exploited.

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It's amazing she survived.

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# God bless the child that's got his own... #

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She sang like she'd been through the mill...

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..and she had in many ways.

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I think she never really got to experience a childhood.

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There seemed to be a yearning that never got fulfilled.

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There seemed to be a yearning that never got fulfilled.

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When you're a performer at least you have a way to release that.

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# Please keep me in your dreams

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# In your sweet dreams, let me... #

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And Billie became a performer, starting off in small bars and clubs in Harlem.

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She used to be a waitress and sing for tips.

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So I guess a lot of her voice was kind of directed to the people just in front of her.

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It feels like she's singing just to you.

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# Please keep me in your dreams... #

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As soon as she started singing in clubs she didn't like doing something the same way.

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She has this elastic timing where she'll go either side of the beat.

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Utterly made her Billie Holiday right from the start.

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# You don't have to have a hanker to be a broker or banker... #

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Jazz musicians loved her.

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She played a victim in a jazz film and toured with a white band.

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It wasn't easy on the road for a black singer.

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They were selling her records, her name was on the marquee but

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she had to enter through the back of the hotel because they wouldn't let her come through the front.

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# She sets the world on fire

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# Just wished she'd make it proper

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# To call my old man, Papa... #

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She didn't take it lying down.

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Once a sailor came into a bar she was in and asked the bartender when he started serving nigger bitches.

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She smashed his face with her glass.

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Her reputation was what they call 'a salty broad.'

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She would tell you in a minute

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what she thought about this, that or the other.

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# Southern trees

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# Southern trees

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# Bear strange fruit... #

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In 1939 she recorded a song that changed her career.

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# Blood on the leaves

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# And blood at the root... #

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That was deeply personal...

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# Black bodies swinging... #

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..because it was her race, her people that this had been done to.

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It was such a graphic, graphic song.

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# ..from love poplar trees. #

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It was 20 years before the civil rights movement.

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The fact that she has the bravery to sing a song about people being tortured and killed is

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just incredible.

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It made her a public figure in a way other

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singers weren't, popular with white liberals as well as other blacks.

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# Cry... #

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And a target for the police.

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She had problems with the police cos they were after her all the time.

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They tried to find her using drugs.

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Every city she went to, the first thing they did was,

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the police would come in and search her room.

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In 1947 they got her.

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She was jailed for eight months.

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As a child she'd been in prison.

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She never escaped her past.

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She had been groomed for drugdom

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from the time she was very young.

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Of course she was a pimp's dream.

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She was making money,

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she was an icon...

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They got a hold of her and they turned her on to heroin.

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She didn't choose the greatest company, but there you go.

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A criminal conviction meant she couldn't play in clubs in New York.

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But there was no law against playing the prestigious Carnegie Hall.

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People loved it so much so we had to repeat that concert a few weeks later.

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And at that time there were people seated on the stage.

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I had to lift my bass up over the crowd.

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Billie had triumphed, but getting work wasn't the only problem...

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# It cost me a lot

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# But there's one thing that I've got

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# It's my man... #

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The men she hung around with took what she did earn.

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And they were violent, like one of her boyfriends and managers.

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He was a pimp and a hustler and that was his trade.

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They'd have a fight before the show and we had to tape up her ribs cos she was having trouble breathing.

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# He isn't true

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# He beats me too... #

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We went ahead and played the job that night and that was it.

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# What can I do? #

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Punches, beatings,

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these guys would hit you over the head with a bottle.

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I knew that Lady...

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liked ladies...

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Of course she would have been better off.

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# Hush now, don't explain... #

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Billie had affairs with women and men and married three times.

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# Just say you'll remain... #

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It was a constant search for a father figure.

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It was a constant search for a father figure.

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To be loved and protected and looked after, it was a constant search.

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# You're my joy and pain... #

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She brought a world weariness and poignancy to jazz singing.

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# Skip that

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# Lipstick, don't explain. #

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When she sang you knew exactly what the song was about,

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what the music was about and what she was about.

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# You know that I love you

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# And what love endures

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# All my thoughts of you... #

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She read a lyric like she lived it and some instances it was exactly like she lived it.

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# Cry to hear folks chatter... #

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It was just very calm and relating the lyric in such a way that

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you felt a part of it.

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# ..when you're with me, sweet. #

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One thing Lady always wanted and never had was a child.

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Luckily, one of her ladies did.

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Holiday was like another mother to me.

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Almost the instant I was born my mom said that Holiday took me and proceeded to breast feed me

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Almost the instant I was born my mom said that Holiday took me and proceeded to breast feed me

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even though she had no milk

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and so she made up for that by smoking a copious amount of marijuana

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and as a result I ate a lot and slept a lot.

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I could hear them laughing and smoking.

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She loved a good time

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and she loved to laugh.

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This was one of her last performances.

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# Please don't talk about me when I'm gone

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# No, our friendship ceases from now on... #

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A lot of people,

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had just thrown their friendship away with her because of the drugs and the notoriety.

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# Just don't talk at all

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# That's my advice. #

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Billie died in hospital, aged just 44.

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She was arrested for heroin possession on her deathbed.

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After you're dead and gone, then you're the greatest thing that ever happened.

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But at the time you're doing it, you get a lot of criticism.

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It's the system.

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# We're parting You go your way, I'll go mine... #

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People think, "Oh, it was such a tragic life."

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Therefore this is how she sings, this is her voice.

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Instead of appreciating the actual genius of her voice.

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Lots of people have desperately sad things happen to them...

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..but they aren't able to communicate that in a medium you would call art.

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That's what's incredible about Billie Holiday.

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Please don't talk about me when I'm gone...

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Billie became a true icon only after her death.

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The next queen was a legend in her own lifetime, but had all the problems a '50s woman could have.

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The next queen was a legend in her own lifetime, but had all the problems a '50s woman could have.

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And then some.

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# Somewhere over the rainbow... #

0:23:310:23:36

Judy Garland, showbiz queen.

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# Way up high

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# There's a land that I heard of

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# Once in a lullaby... #

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It is a song about lost childhood more than anything

0:23:520:23:55

and this place that you can't really get back to.

0:23:550:23:58

It's a really sad song and it shouldn't be.

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She had such a pure voice, a very crystal clear one

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and an innocence in the voice.

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Judy Garland's iconic status for the gay community, it's all connected to the Wizard Of Oz, going

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some place beautiful where you won't be discriminated against,

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accepted for who you are.

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People lived their life through Judy.

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Much of her audience wanted to be Judy Garland.

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She could make you like a song that you didn't like.

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That poor baby went through a lot too.

0:24:390:24:42

Why oh why can't I...?

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She was so at peace and at home when she sang.

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It was all the other things that caused her chaos.

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Judy Garland started life on the stage and never really left it.

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We were about 12 years old when we first met.

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She was singing,

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# "I just adore the boy next door #

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and all the great songs that they had at the time.

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Maybe Cupid is there!

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She came to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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We became great friends.

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Her fresh face and big voice instantly made her a hit.

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'There is a new star in the heavens.

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'Young, fresh, beautiful and you discovered her.'

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This'll be a world record. I'm gonna put on my tuxedo and opera hat!

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'It was a conveyor belt system.

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'We made seven pictures a year.'

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You didn't read the scripts. They told you what you were going to do.

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And so we did it.

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'Each new picture brought Judy Garland closer to stardom.'

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In those days you worked six days a week

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and Mickey Rooney and I would work sometimes 72 hours at a time.

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Neither one of us grew very tall. They worked us so hard we became munchkins.

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# He's sweet just like chocolate candy... #

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They would give Judy a little bumper, a little boost.

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It started out coffee and cocoa at night.

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But then as they matured, it required more and more to stimulate and sedate, stimulate and sedate.

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# Meet the reason I beam so

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# Why I am happen and seem so-o-o...

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# Delighted, excited... #

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It can be incredibly destructive, which it was.

0:26:400:26:43

# ..the beat of my heart... #

0:26:430:26:46

You could see the tornado all around this little person because of her talent.

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'When we arrived in New York, I'll never forget, there was 40,000 people to greet us.

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'Judy was frightened at all the crowds, when people tear your clothes and this and that.'

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Get back, young lady, get back...

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She told me, "Mickey, I think we oughta go home, let's go home."

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CROWD SHOUTS

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And I said, "Just stick around, and we'll be all right."

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It was quite out of hand.

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# They're writing songs of love

0:27:300:27:36

# But not for me... #

0:27:360:27:38

Judy was big box office as the girl next door.

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People just fell so in love with her because she had this ability

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People just fell so in love with her because she had this ability

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to make you feel that you were her best friend and it was only you who knew her.

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She put her audience at ease, but didn't find real life so easy.

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I played her sister in a film.

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She did this very emotional scene of crying and she didn't say hello to anybody.

0:28:030:28:07

She just got up and walked away after it was over and I thought, "Wow that's something."

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But her voice was full of feeling.

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# I guess he's not

0:28:170:28:24

# For me-e-e... #

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You can hear the vulnerability in it.

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Heartache singers are about taking a song,

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take inside themselves and then when it comes back out it's something different.

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You have a transformative power over songs.

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And I think Judy Garland definitely had that.

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By 1950, aged 28, Judy had had two failed marriages,

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a nervous breakdown and several attempted suicides.

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The studio decided to get rid of her.

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They fired her because she was difficult.

0:28:590:29:01

They fired her because she'd sometimes get late and

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sometimes she'd use some artificial stimulants

0:29:030:29:08

and perhaps a little adult beverage and she was a handful.

0:29:080:29:13

She re-invented herself as a stage performer.

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She made her problems part of her act.

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It was like a contract with the audience.

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She expressed and exaggerated their emotions and they loved her for it.

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My mother came out there and just took the audience and said "Let's go"

0:29:270:29:32

and put her arms around them and they went with her.

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# The road gets rougher

0:29:340:29:38

# It's lonelier and tougher

0:29:380:29:42

# With hope you burn up

0:29:420:29:46

# Tomorrow, he might turn up... #

0:29:460:29:49

It was a complete roller coaster because she could make you weep.

0:29:490:29:53

She brought you up onto your feet with these unbelievable soaring notes.

0:29:530:29:56

She brought you up onto your feet with these unbelievable soaring notes.

0:29:560:29:59

# Da-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-y

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# Ever since this world began

0:30:030:30:11

# There is nothing sadder than

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# A one man woman

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# Looking for a man that got

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# Away. #

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She'd hit that stage like a marine.

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She wanted to pulverise an audience.

0:30:450:30:48

Of course, the audience loved everything she sang

0:30:480:30:51

and knew every note and they just couldn't get enough of her.

0:30:510:30:55

The publicity for her films played up the parallels with her own life and career.

0:30:580:31:04

'Yes, a star is born and you'll know it when you

0:31:050:31:10

'experience the joy and jubilation as Judy Garland as the star.

0:31:100:31:14

'A story that only life itself could have inspired.'

0:31:140:31:19

It was getting hard to tell what was stage heartache and what was real.

0:31:190:31:23

'From theatre to theatre...

0:31:230:31:24

'From one lonely stage to another, yearning for the warmth no spotlight could give her.'

0:31:240:31:30

# No more that all time thrill

0:31:300:31:36

F# or you've been through the mill...

0:31:360:31:42

People thought they knew about my mother, OK.

0:31:420:31:47

What she hated was the fact when people thought that she was this tragic figure.

0:31:470:31:51

She had tragedies in her life but she wasn't tragic.

0:31:510:31:55

She was funny and gifted and the people who really knew her will tell you that.

0:31:550:31:59

The humour was the surprise, always, her love of jokes.

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JUDY GARLAND: The next one is a sort of striptease tempo.

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We don't do it, we just talk about it.

0:32:060:32:09

'And her stories. She was one of the great story tellers...'

0:32:090:32:13

No, not in Carnegie Hall, it wouldn't look right!

0:32:130:32:16

'She was a very bawdy lady...'

0:32:160:32:18

If somebody moans, do you moan?

0:32:180:32:20

A little bit like living in a volcano, but we had fun.

0:32:200:32:25

Her weight yo-yoed, her marriages and her health crumbled.

0:32:260:32:30

Her pact with the audience was feeding them but destroying her.

0:32:300:32:36

By the time she was through the audience was crazy and she was really, really up.

0:32:360:32:40

And then everybody went home and left her.

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And here she was adrift. Here she was alone.

0:32:440:32:47

She couldn't come down off of what had to be one of the highest of highs.

0:32:480:32:54

She lost a lot of her friends...

0:32:550:32:58

They said, "I don't wanna be bothered."

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That can be the saddest thing in the world.

0:33:020:33:06

# Somewhere over the rainbow... #

0:33:060:33:12

On stage she was now almost like a sacrifice, with her daughter Liza holding her hand.

0:33:120:33:18

Come on now, sing along!

0:33:180:33:19

'Her audience wanted to push her closer to the edge.

0:33:190:33:23

'They wanted to see at what point she would just collapse or break.'

0:33:250:33:29

# Somewhere over the rainbow... #

0:33:290:33:36

Keep singing!

0:33:360:33:38

I saw the London Palladium show

0:33:380:33:40

where Judy Garland is clearly not in control.

0:33:400:33:44

People watched it happen in a kind of Christians and lions way.

0:33:450:33:46

People watched it happen in a kind of Christians and lions way.

0:33:470:33:50

# Oh why

0:33:500:33:53

# Can't

0:33:530:33:55

# I... #

0:33:550:34:02

In 1969 Judy Garland died of an overdose.

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I was surprised she lasted that long,

0:34:070:34:10

She'd tried to take her own life too many times.

0:34:100:34:13

The whole world was sad

0:34:130:34:16

but not surprised.

0:34:160:34:18

# Somewhere over the rainbow... #

0:34:180:34:27

As a child she was lonesome.

0:34:270:34:29

I don't know whether she wanted show business as her life...

0:34:290:34:33

..but then finally she couldn't live without it. It was so addictive.

0:34:350:34:39

And that's the way show business is.

0:34:390:34:42

Judy lived her life in the spotlight.

0:34:430:34:47

She ushered in the celebrity age.

0:34:470:34:50

Our next queen was always in the headlines and always lamenting it.

0:34:540:34:58

Maria Callas, the drama queen put the showbiz into opera.

0:34:580:35:04

# Casta Diva

0:35:040:35:08

# Che inargenti... #

0:35:080:35:12

Her voice was not deemed as perfect as some sopranos but is all the more moving for that.

0:35:120:35:18

For me her voice was kind of dark.

0:35:180:35:21

It's almost got a weepy sort of sound to it.

0:35:210:35:25

But it's also very dramatic.

0:35:280:35:30

And it has, it kind of has a really strong element of truth in it.

0:35:300:35:34

When she was singing quietly, people wept.

0:35:370:35:39

She was able to express it from her heart, you know,

0:35:390:35:43

just straight out like that.

0:35:430:35:45

She could fill the notes with something that few singers could do.

0:35:450:35:48

The moment she began to sing I was frightened.

0:35:560:36:00

# Ah ah ah ah! #

0:36:000:36:05

I didn't know if this was something wonderful or something terrible.

0:36:050:36:11

I had never heard any sounds like that in my life.

0:36:110:36:15

Maria was born in New York to Greek immigrant parents who didn't get on.

0:36:190:36:24

Her mother soon became the classic pushy parent.

0:36:270:36:31

She was treated like an infant prodigy.

0:36:330:36:36

"It is not", she said "A toy that I remember but I was made to sing and sing and sing to exhaustion."

0:36:360:36:46

Her mother was always on the lookout for competitions for Maria to win.

0:36:460:36:52

RADIO: 'What do you want to sing? Something like Madame Butterfly.

0:36:520:36:56

'Un bel di, vedremo

0:36:560:37:02

# Levarsi un fil di fumo... #

0:37:020:37:06

The little shy girl, who felt podgy,

0:37:060:37:09

didn't like it, to sort of compensate for that, she was eating more, and she became really fat.

0:37:090:37:15

Even as a child, she understood the feeling of loneliness and being almost abandoned.

0:37:150:37:22

In 1937, aged 13, Maria left New York for Greece

0:37:250:37:28

In 1937, aged 13, Maria left New York for Greece

0:37:280:37:32

with her mother and didn't see her father again for nine years.

0:37:320:37:36

Maria used to say, "I didn't have a childhood.

0:37:360:37:39

"My mother didn't understand me. And my father couldn't help me."

0:37:390:37:43

At times I think her voice was really all that she had.

0:37:450:37:48

That's what drove her.

0:37:480:37:51

By 1945, she'd become a star in Greece.

0:37:510:37:54

Now she had to conquer the world, which wasn't so easy.

0:37:560:38:00

She travelled, auditioned, rehearsed, gained weight...and a husband.

0:38:000:38:05

He was an Italian industrialist, who could have been her father.

0:38:050:38:08

And he was dull at home.

0:38:080:38:11

Her passion went into her singing.

0:38:120:38:14

In 1949 she was doing a German opera in Venice when the soprano in another lighter opera fell ill.

0:38:140:38:21

She was summoned to an instant audition.

0:38:250:38:28

I went down...

0:38:280:38:30

and he said "Sing."

0:38:300:38:31

She was actually alternating one of Wagner's most dramatic roles

0:38:410:38:45

with one of bel canto's lightest roles.

0:38:450:38:47

All of Italy was agog talking about this incredible feat that had happened.

0:38:470:38:54

Callas had won. Now everyone wanted to hear this versatile voice with its extraordinary range.

0:38:540:39:00

Callas had won. Now everyone wanted to hear this versatile voice with its extraordinary range.

0:39:000:39:02

She didn't have what is traditionally called a beautiful voice.

0:39:070:39:12

Lots of people didn't like her voice.

0:39:120:39:14

But when they heard her sing in person, the sheer drive,

0:39:140:39:19

the electricity of her performances, they were bowled over.

0:39:190:39:22

CALLAS SINGS AT HIGH PITCH

0:39:220:39:24

By the 50s, Maria Callas was the most sought after opera singer in the world.

0:39:240:39:30

Helped they say by a tapeworm, she morphed into a slinky celebrity.

0:39:300:39:34

The new look fascinated the public.

0:39:340:39:38

She set out to look like Audrey Hepburn and she did.

0:39:380:39:44

People didn't recognize her.

0:39:440:39:46

When she lost the weight, I think it was just another sign of her determination to be this huge star.

0:39:460:39:53

Nothing was going to stand in the way of this happening.

0:39:530:39:57

Callas reached out beyond opera.

0:39:570:40:00

Before Callas, singers used to stand on the stage and gesture with their hands.

0:40:000:40:04

And then after Callas the public weren't happy with that.

0:40:040:40:08

They wanted real acting.

0:40:080:40:09

She would become the person, that's why she was unforgettable.

0:40:160:40:21

It wasn't a question of make-believe, it was a living emotion.

0:40:250:40:31

# ..diedi fiori agli altar... #

0:40:310:40:38

What she did was almost slow motion, very contained, almost understated...

0:40:380:40:45

but what mattered was when she did do something it was so perfectly one

0:40:450:40:50

with the music and when she did make a grand gesture, when she threw those arms out, it was like the fingertips

0:40:500:40:56

went from one side of the stage to the other side of the stage,

0:40:560:40:59

it was just immense.

0:40:590:41:01

# Dol...or... #

0:41:010:41:18

Many people thought Maria WAS the women she played on stage.

0:41:180:41:22

Tosca is a famous example.

0:41:220:41:24

You know, this woman who was very short-tempered and very jealous, but very courageous.

0:41:240:41:30

And in a kind of way, that is a picture of Maria.

0:41:300:41:33

She loved playing battling heroines like Bellini's Norma.

0:41:330:41:38

'I don't say she resembles me but maybe yes in a certain way,'

0:41:400:41:44

and she's very strong and very...

0:41:440:41:47

..ferocious at times.

0:41:490:41:50

You can imagine how strong and powerful she must be to be able to dominate these people.

0:41:500:41:55

The power struggle with her mother now came to a head.

0:42:000:42:03

Maria vowed never to speak to her again and never did.

0:42:030:42:07

In 1956, just as she was making her debut in New York, the row became public.

0:42:100:42:15

Maria had to fight to win back her audience.

0:42:150:42:18

These are very personal and intimate problems.

0:42:180:42:21

I would love to have a little bit of privacy on this thing.

0:42:210:42:25

This was a wound that never healed.

0:42:250:42:28

A mother... there's nothing extraordinary about how wonderful she is.

0:42:280:42:32

She's got to be wonderful, otherwise don't have children.

0:42:320:42:35

But if you do, don't expect anything in return.

0:42:350:42:38

That is what she's supposed to do.

0:42:380:42:40

To her great sadness, her own marriage remained childless.

0:42:400:42:45

Callas won a reputation as the world's most difficult diva.

0:42:450:42:48

NEWS: 'Ppera makes headlines with a performance that didn't happen.

0:42:480:42:52

'Soprano Maria Callas has been known to walk out before,

0:42:520:42:56

'so if you want to be sure of hearing her, don't get all dressed up, just go to a rehearsal.

0:42:560:43:00

'She usually stays to the end of those.'

0:43:000:43:04

She even fell out with the New York Met.

0:43:040:43:07

We started quarrelling, unvoluntarily on my part,

0:43:070:43:11

they offered me the old repertoire, that is the old Norma staging, which you all saw.

0:43:130:43:18

Which she's done, time and time again.

0:43:180:43:21

I hate the word "firing" in connection with such a distinguished artist, such as Maria Callas.

0:43:210:43:25

I prefer to say that our ways parted.

0:43:250:43:28

I suppose that made him angry.

0:43:280:43:30

I don't know. I can't explain it otherwise.

0:43:300:43:32

She said, "I am not a monster.

0:43:350:43:39

"But I can be very difficult if it's a question of art.

0:43:390:43:44

"All serious artists handle very important material.

0:43:440:43:49

"All serious artists handle very important material.

0:43:490:43:49

"For that I will always fight."

0:43:490:43:53

There's one standard for music and that is perfect musicianship.

0:43:530:43:57

Same thing with love.

0:43:570:43:59

She fell in love with shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, and ended her ten-year marriage.

0:44:020:44:07

Onassis was a collector of women.

0:44:090:44:11

For nine years, they had a very intense relationship.

0:44:110:44:15

Not always happy, lots of fights.

0:44:150:44:17

He liked her because she was such a strong personality, you see.

0:44:170:44:21

They had no children and didn't marry but were always together.

0:44:210:44:26

But suddenly Onassis proposed to Jackie Kennedy, without telling Maria.

0:44:260:44:30

Miss Callas, are you going to the wedding?

0:44:300:44:34

When was the last time you saw Mr Onassis?

0:44:340:44:37

Onassis was not the only loss.

0:44:550:44:58

Callas knew that her voice was going...and knew what it had been.

0:44:580:45:01

She was only a shadow of herself.

0:45:020:45:04

Yet there were some moments where the miracle was present.

0:45:040:45:12

I remember once she said, "Shall we hear some music?" I knew by then,

0:45:120:45:18

what she meant, was, "Shall we hear some of my recordings?"

0:45:180:45:22

She was looking at me, expectantly, and I thought, "What can I say?"

0:45:220:45:27

After all, she was probably the greatest singer in a hundred years.

0:45:270:45:32

So I ventured with,

0:45:320:45:36

"It's marvellous singing."

0:45:360:45:38

"Marvellous? Marvellous?" she said.

0:45:380:45:41

"It isn't marvellous. It's bloody miraculous."

0:45:410:45:44

Maria died in Paris, aged 53.

0:45:480:45:52

The last two years of her life, she was lonely...

0:45:530:45:56

but she's been lonely all her life.

0:45:560:46:00

The tragedy in her life was not Onassis

0:46:010:46:06

or the curtailment of her career and all that, no,

0:46:060:46:11

two things, that she was unable to have had children

0:46:110:46:15

two things, that she was unable to have had children

0:46:160:46:17

and she never acquired

0:46:170:46:19

the love of her mother.

0:46:190:46:21

These are the tragedies

0:46:230:46:25

in Maria Callas's life.

0:46:250:46:27

Callas' voice was poised, our last queen's was wild.

0:46:350:46:39

She wanted to break free of it all.

0:46:390:46:41

Janis Joplin - the wild queen.

0:46:410:46:46

# Baby

0:46:490:46:51

# Cry baby

0:46:510:46:59

# Welcome back home... #

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She's going back to some sort of animal howl.

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It's sort of somebody almost dispensing with language altogether.

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There's a huge amount of rage in Janis's singing, and pain.

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# Much much more that I did... #

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Janis when she sings is incredibly jubilant.

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You could hear pain in there, you could hear grief, or you could hear,

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having a really good time.

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# That I'll always be... #

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She would reach these extremes.

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# ..if you ever want me

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# Come on and cry, cry, baby

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# Cry baby!

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"Cry baby!"

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She must be ripping her muscles when she was singing, but.

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she kept doing it. she kept drinking.

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I'm sure she didn't do her three litres of water a day that you're meant to.

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But I suppose she only made it to 27.

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Janis started her 27 years in small town conservative Texas.

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The part of Texas where she's from, the women all

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kind of look like Charlie's angels, it's like a head cheerleader look.

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Janis had a complex about her looks always from really very early on from when she was a little girl.

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Janis had a complex about her looks always from really very early on from when she was a little girl.

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She had a big weight problem, bad skin problem.

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People threw things at her, not rocks but pieces of paper,

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"You're a pig," She was simply different.

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She didn't care what anybody thought, except at the same time she did care what they thought.

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She was very fragile.

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She was voted the ugliest man on campus, quite famously,

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which can't have been good for anybody's self esteem.

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In the racially divided South, Janis had black friends.

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She loved the music, loved it.

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They called her nigger lover.

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Teenage Janis started to sing the blues.

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# Gimme whiskey, gimme bourbon, give me gin... #

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I started singing when I was about 17,

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and I could sing...

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it was a surprise.

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In 1963 I couldn't stand Texas any more and I went to California...

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it's a lot freer, you can do what you wanna do, nobody bugs you.

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# Gimme gin

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# It don't matter what I'm drinkin'

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# As long as it drowns the sorrow I'm in. #

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She knocked on the door of a music cafe.

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There was this scruffy, dishevelled,

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what I thought was an ugly boy at the door.

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She didn't have a guitar, she didn't have a tambourine.

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She had nothing. She just clapped.

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And she sang all these slave songs and everything, but the people loved her.

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When she sang she was beautiful.

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# Oh Lord, won't you buy me, "a Mercedes Benz?

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# My friends all drive Porsches, and must make amends... #

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With me, she was always terribly sweet

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but when we went public, she would put on this other persona which was

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nasty and vulgar.

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It was like...

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another person.

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Nobody's gonna hurt me.

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Nobody is gonna hurt me.

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It's quite an obvious transition for a shy person to become completely outward

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and mental and drink too much and take too many drugs to offset that insecurity.

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But she hides it incredibly well.

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You just see this self assured, drunk, brilliant character

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who absolutely was one of the boys.

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Soon Janis was fronting one of the top bands on the scene, Big Brother the Holding Company.

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She had affairs with women and men...

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one with the singer of another band.

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When I was with her, she was very exuberant...

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When I was with her, she was very exuberant...

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I think she was enjoying being one of the only girls

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in a scene dominated by men.

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She was having a great time.

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Janis was the hottest chick in San Francisco at that time.

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Gutsy, glowing. Our whole image of sort of recreating Eden

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in San Francisco.

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It was the Monterey Pop Festival that thrust Janis onto the national stage.

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For her first set she wore jeans but when she knew the cameras were rolling, she startled everyone.

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This was not the Janis Joplin I knew.

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She had sequins on her eyelids and she was all made up.

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And I went "Oh, my god it's Janis Joplin."

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And she was fabulous.

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# Just like a ball and a, and a cha-a-in! #

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Monterey was a big turning point.

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Monterey was a big turning point.

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They started saying she was the greatest blues singer that had ever lived.

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They started stroking her in a way

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that really started driving her crazy I think.

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Professionally it was a great thing for her,

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but in the long run it was devastating.

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Hitting the big time meant leaving Big Brother And The Holding Company behind.

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From day one she knew she wanted to be a star,

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and if we would have known that,

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we would have been horrified, because it was very uncool in that

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hippy counter culture for anyone to want to push themselves forward.

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Everyone wanted to push themselves forward but it was really uncool to admit that.

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Queens of heartache are solo singers.

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And despite their many partners, their true love affair is with their audience.

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# Come on, come on, come on

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# And take it

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# Take another piece of ... #

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There's nothing that can really compare with that love, that's oceanic, all-encompassing.

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The whole performance is sort of an orgasmic kind of situation.

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# You know you got if it makes you feel good!

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# Sing it right now! #

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She was highly sexual.

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And she was also that on stage.

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But what made Janice so great

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was the ecstatic experience.

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# Take it, take another little piece of my heart now, baby,

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# Break up! Break another little bit of my heart... #

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It was like the atoms in the whole place, started

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to vibrate, and everyone was tuned into this queen bee kind of vibe.

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They loved everything that she did, they loved the self-destructive things that she did.

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Some people who are entertainers don't always buy into their own

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publicity, and their own myths, but she bought into it big time.

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Liberated woman I think is a sort of understatement.

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These guys would go backstage, say, "I really loved your performance.

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She said "Take your pants off."

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When the woman is an aggressor, it's often pretty intimidating, you know.

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# Summer time... #

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She could out ball the guys... but always knew she was different.

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# Child

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# You're living easy

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'Women, to be in the music business, give up more than you'd ever know.'

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'Home life,

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'an old man, probably, you give up children and friends.

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'You give up any constant in the world except music...

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that's the only thing you've got, man.

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She once told me it was very difficult being Janis Joplin.

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Whenever people saw her in a bar or anything, she was on.

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It was as if she was performing 18 hours a day, really.

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In August 1970 Janis went to a reunion at her old school.

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She wanted the approval.

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She wanted to come back as a star

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and have them love her, which they did not.

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How were you different from your school mates? I don't know.

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Why don't you ask them?

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Was it they who made you different?

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No. You were different in comparison to them?

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I felt apart from them.

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I didn't go to the high school prom.

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You were asked, weren't you? No, I wasn't.

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I don't think they wanted to take me.

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Two months later, Janis died of an accidental heroin overdose.

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TV: 'On January 13th, Colombia Records released the album which Janis Joplin had been recording

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'at the time of her death.'

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It's the record for which she is most remembered.

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# ..rode us all the way to New Orleans... #

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Part of the romance of the blues is that here is someone destroying

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themselves, and at the same point, generating this incredible art.

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It's like somebody like falling off a building,

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shouting something to you as they're falling, which makes it

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all the more intense and passionate.

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# Freedom is just another word

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# For nothing left to lose

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# Nothing don't mean nothing, hon, if it ain't free... #

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It's horrible in some ways because you take pleasure in listening to a song that's produced by their pain.

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It's like they're making a sacrifice

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but with these women, you're making something beautiful out of something terrible.

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With their voices full of fire and fight, these women weren't just singers...

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they were moments in history.

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# La la la la na na na

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# La la la la la la la la na na na

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# Hey now Bobby McGee, yeah

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# Lord, I'm calling my lover, calling my man

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I said I'm calling my lover just the best I can

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# C'mon, where is Bobby now, where is Bobby McGee, yeah

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# Ah la la la la, la la la la la la la la la la la la

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# Hey hey hey, Bobby McGee... #

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Do you have an explanation why you're so popular?

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Documentary about a group of female singers whose voices make you weep, who sang songs of heartbreak and betrayal, had lives that seemed to mirror their music and deaths that came too soon and made myths of them all. Yet their voices triumph over tragedy and they became icons of the 20th century.

Edith Piaf, the Urchin Queen, stood small but strong and became the voice of her nation and of everyone who ever made mistakes. Billie Holiday, the Jazz Queen, her voice full of pain and yearning. Judy Garland, Showbiz Queen, raised in the film studio that fed her addiction to pills and to fame. Maria Callas, Drama Queen, whose voice brought out the heartache in opera and whose life echoed the roles she played. And Janis Joplin, Wild Queen, who offered up a 'piece of her heart' and died of drug abuse at just 27.

With contributions from Mickey Rooney, Charles Aznavour, Country Joe McDonald, KT Tunstall, Katie Melua and Corinne Bailey-Rae.


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