Artist: Billie Holiday
Birth Date: April 7, 1915 Died: July 17, 1959
Billie Holiday was born in Philadelphia, PA and raised most of her young life in Baltimore, MD. She had a tulmutuous upbringing, but one surrounded by Jazz music.
Her talent was evident from a young age and she has one of the most unique voices, still to this day recognizable without ever hearing her name.
Lady Day as she became to be known was discovered in New York City by John Hammond at 18 years. Throughout her career she had worked with Count Basie, Artie Shaw, and countless others that helped to shape and create the American Jazz genre.
For more information about Billie Holiday, please visit the official web site at: www.billieholiday.com.
Here are some Fast Facts from her web site:
Birth name: Eleanora Fagan Gough
Name change: Changed her name to “Billie Holiday” because of her admiration for film star “Billie Dove.” She was also known as “Lady Day.”
Birth date: April 7, 1915
Birth place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Death date: July 17, 1959
Death place: New York City, New York
Burial location: Saint Raymond’s Cemetery in Bronx County, NY
Famous Tagline: “Lady Sings the Blues”
Occupation: Legendary jazz singer
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown
Spouse: Louis McKay
- The U2 song Angel of Harlem paid tribute to Holiday.
- On September 18, 1994, the United States Postal Service honored Holiday by introducing a USPS-sponsored stamp.
- Her early band was organized by pianist Teddy Wilson.
- She was discovered by John Hammond
- A statue of Holiday still stands today at the corner of Lafayette and Pennsylvania Avenues in Baltimore.
Her unique tone and singing style is why I love Billie Holiday, the songs are timeless and yet transport you back in time to when American Jazz was just beginning. Below are a few of the many songs she recorded. (Rhapsody links are below.)
Stormy Weather – http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/billie-holiday/album/billie-holiday-1925-1955/track/stormy-weather
What A Little Moonlight Can Do – http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/billie-holiday/album/the-great-american-songbook/track/what-a-little-moonlight-can-do
Night And Day – http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/billie-holiday/album/the-great-american-songbook/track/night-and-day
Until The Real Thing Comes Along – http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/billie-holiday/album/the-great-american-songbook/track/until-the-real-thing-comes-along
I Got A Right To Sing The Blues – http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/billie-holiday/album/billie-holiday-1925-1955/track/i-got-a-right-to-sing-the-blues
Strange Fruit – http://youtu.be/h4ZyuULy9zs
Fine And Mellow – http://youtu.be/ZtgUbJN8oPE
The Blues Are Brewin’ – http://youtu.be/bWtUzdI5hlE
For photos and more information about Billie Holiday, please visit her official web site at BillieHoliday.com