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Billie Holiday - Chanteuse de jazz et copositrice parolière - 1915-1959

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A great photo, often mis-labeled as "Young Billie Holiday." As several people have pointed out, the era is wrong. This lovely woman is Yourna Byrd, wife of jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd. She was photographed on Street in NYC in 1960 by William Claxton

Billie Holiday 1915-1959 - Given the title “First Lady of the Blues” she was widely considered to be the greatest and most expressive jazz singer of all time. Despite her early death at 44, her unique voice and style helped define the jazz era. Her vinyl recordings are widely sought after today.

Billie Holiday - Given the title “First Lady of the Blues” she was widely considered to be the greatest and most expressive jazz singer of all time. Despite her early death at her unique voice and style helped define the jazz era.

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Style Heroines: Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan Gough, April 1915 – July was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed Lady Day, Holiday was a seminal influence on jazz and pop.

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billieholiday: Billie Holiday photographed by Roy DeCarava in Billie.

BILLIE HOLIDAY - Her mother opened a boarding house when Holiday was ten. When a boarder raped Holiday, she was accused of causing the attack and was sent to a Catholic home for children. A few years later, Holiday’s mother reclaimed her daughter and moved with her to New York City. They struggled to survive; when she was fifteen, Holiday was arrested for prostitution and sent to jail. After her release, she chanced into a singing job at a club.

Strange Fruit”, the song about black lynching in the south made famous by blues singer Billie Holiday, was originally a poem written by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish schoolteacher from the Bronx.

Don't read into the billie holiday lyrics. I just like her, that's all. I'm single. I'm single until a man actually shows up to mingle.

Billie Holiday, like all great artists, is as distinctive, as idiosyncratic, as original off-stage and off-mike as on. Photograph by Charles Hewitt / LIFE / Getty

LADY DAY | VINTAGE BLACK GLAMOURfuckyeahbillieholiday:Billie Holiday in Olympia, November 1958 (5)   Join Black History Album On Pinterest

Billie Holiday, London, November Although a renown singer/recording artist, Ms. Holiday’s screen appearances include: Duke Ellington’s “Symphony in Black” Paul Robeson’s “The Emperor Jones” and “New Orleans”

Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday (c.1940)

Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Barney Bigard perform the number Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans, in the 1947 film New Orleans.

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