High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Lady Sings The Blues is a 1972 film about jazz singer Billie Holiday loosely based on her 1956 autobiography which, in turn, took its title from one of Holiday's most popular songs. It was produced by Motown Productions for Paramount Pictures. Diana Ross portrayed Holiday, alongside a cast including Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan and Scatman Crothers. The movie was adapted by Chris Clark, Suzanne de Passe and Terence McCloy from the book by William Dufty and Billie Holiday. It was directed by Sidney J. Furie. It was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning none. The nominations were for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Diana Ross), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Carl Anderson, Reg Allen), Best Costume Design, Best Music, Original Song Score and Adaptation (Gil Askey) and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced. The film was also screened at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, but was not entered into the main competition.
Sam L. Taylor (born 12 July 1916 and died in 1980 Lexington, Tennessee), best known as the tenor saxophonist Sam "The Man" Taylor, was a jazz and blues player, whose honking style set the standard for tenor sax solos in both rock and roll and rhythm and blues. Taylor attended Alabama State University, where he played with the noted Bama State Collegians. He worked with Scatman Crothers, Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Buddy Johnson, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, and many more. He was one of the most requested session sax players in New York recording studios in the 1950s. Taylor also replaced Count Basie as the house bandleader on legendary disc jockey Alan Freed's "Camel Rock 'n Roll Dance Party" radio series over CBS.