Billie Holiday

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Jazz Singer
Date of Birth April 7, 1915
Place of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Death Jul 17, 1959 (44)
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Billie Holiday

Eleanora Fagan, known professionally as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz and swing music singer. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had an innovative influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills.

Birth name: Eleanora Fagan
Also known as: Lady Day
Born: April 7, 1915, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: July 17, 1959, New York City, U.S.
Genres: Jazz, swing
Occupation(s): Singer
Years active: c. 1930–1959
Labels: Brunswick, Vocalion, Okeh, Bluebird, Commodore, Capitol, Decca, Aladdin, Verve, Columbia, MGM
Associated acts: Jimmy Rowles, Louis Armstrong, Mal Waldron, Teddy Wilson, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Lester Young, Tony Scott
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About Billie Holiday

American jazz singer and songwriter who sang "Strange Fruit," "Easy Living," and "Lady Sings the Blues." She received numerous awards, including being inducted into the Grammy Award Hall of Fame.

Billie Holiday Before Fame

She went to New York City, where she and her mother both ended up in prostitution and were later sent to prison.

Achievement of Billie Holiday

After her release from prison at age fourteen, she began singing under the stagename Billie Holiday. Holiday's name came from Billie Dove, an actress, and the man she believed to be her father, Clarence Holiday.

Billie Holiday Family Life

She married Jimmy Monroe on August 25, 1941 and, after their divorce in 1957, she married Louis McKay on March 28, 1957.

Associations of Billie Holiday

She was good friends with fellow jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald.

Latest information about Billie Holiday updated on April 19, 2021.

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