April 7th, 1915 Billie Holiday is born

Apr 07, 2015

By Valerie Massie

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On April 7th, 1915 Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan) the greatest female jazz singer of all time was born.

She made over 100 records, worked with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and had numerous arrests for drugs possession. Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.

She died on July 17th, 1959 from liver failure, aged 44.

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