Billboard Bits: Billie Holiday, Betty Everett, and more

News on Billie Holiday, Betty Everett, and more

Billie HolidaySony's Columbia Legacy imprint will celebrate the entire output of the known master recordings made during Billie Holiday's Columbia tenure with a 10-disc box set. Due Oct. 2, "Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (1933-1944)," will feature 230 digitally remastered songs the legendary jazz vocalist recorded for the Columbia, Brunswick, Vocalion, Okeh, and Harmony labels.

Alongside such Holiday standards as "God Bless The Child," "I Cried For You," and "The Man I Love," the set will include 35 tracks that have never before been available in the U.S. A lavish booklet with essays and rare photographs will also be included.

In addition, a two-disc collection of highlights from the box, "Lady Day: The Best of Billie Holiday," will also be released on Oct. 2.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.






Betty EverettSoul singer Betty Everett was found dead Sunday at her home in Beloit, Wis., according to reports. She was 61. A onetime gospel singer, Everett signed with the Vee-Jay label in the early '60s. She is best known for her single "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)," which reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964, but she had another top-10 hit later in the year with "Let It Be Me," a duet with Jerry Butler. Everett also recorded "You're No Good," penned by frequent collaborator Clint Ballard; the song became a No. 1 single when it was covered by Linda Ronstadt in 1974.

-- Todd Martens, L.A.






New End OriginalIndie rock all-star quartet New End Original will release its debut album, "Thriller," Oct. 2 via Jade Tree, to be preceded Tuesday (Aug. 28) by the single "Lukewarm." The group consists of former Far/onelinedrawing frontman Jonah Matranga, former Chamberlain drummer Chuck Walker, and former Texas is the Reason members Norm Arenas and Scott Winegard. New End Original kicks off a North America trek Sept. 7 in Salt Lake City, including a Sept. 14 appearance as part of Jade Tree's showcase at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York.

Meanwhile, former Chamberlain guitarist Adam Rubenstein has completed his solo debut, "Aftershock," which is due by the end of the year on Doghouse. The 11-track album finds Rubenstein backed by two veterans of the music scene in his native Indiana, bassist Jason Bramer (Old Pike) and drummer Scott Edwards. Doghouse will also issue "Exit 263," a collection of Chamberlain's final studio recordings, later this year. Rubenstein will play a rare solo show Sunday at CB's Gallery in New York.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.