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Billie Holiday

Jazz Singer
Female
Born Apr 7, 1915
Hometown Philadelphia, Pen...
Died Jul 17, 1959
Death Place New York
Religion Roman Catholic
Height 5' 5" (165 cm)
Weight 168 lbs (76.2 kg)...

Billie Holiday was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. Critic John Bush wrote that Holiday "changed the art of American pop vocals forever.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1915 Birth Born on April 7, 1915.
Holiday frequently skipped school and her truancy resulted in her being brought before the juvenile court on January 5, 1925, when she was nine years old. … Read More

TEENAGE

1926 - 1928 3 More Events
1929 14 Years Old 1 More Event
By early 1929, Holiday joined her mother in Harlem. … Read More
1931 - 1932 2 More Events
1933 18 Years Old 1 More Event
The producer John Hammond, who loved Monette Moore's singing and had come to hear her, first heard Holiday in early 1933.
1934 19 Years Old Another frequent accompanist was the tenor saxophonist Lester Young, who had been a boarder at her mother's house in 1934 and with whom Holiday had a special rapport. … Read More

TWENTIES

1935 - 1936 2 More Events
By March 1938, Shaw and Holiday had been broadcast on New York City's powerful radio station WABC (the original WABC, now WCBS). … Read More
1939 24 Years Old 1 More Event
She performed it at the club in 1939, with some trepidation, fearing possible retaliation. … Read More
1941 - 1942 2 More Events
1944 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Milt Gabler became an A&R man for Decca Records as well as owning Commodore Records, and he signed Holiday to the label on August 7, 1944, when she was 29. … Read More

THIRTIES

1945 30 Years Old Holiday did not return to the studio until August 1945. … Read More
In 1946, Holiday recorded "Good Morning Heartache". … Read More
On May 16, 1947, she was arrested for possessing narcotics in her New York apartment.
1948 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1948, Holiday played at the Ebony Club, which, because she lost her cabaret card, was against the law. … Read More
1949 34 Years Old In October 1949, Holiday recorded "Crazy He Calls Me", which was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010. … Read More
1950 35 Years Old In 1950, Holiday appeared in the Universal-International short film Sugar Chile Robinson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and His Sextet, singing "God Bless the Child" and "Now, Baby or Never". … Read More
1954 39 Years Old Holiday first toured Europe in 1954 as part of a Leonard Feather package. … Read More

FORTIES

Holiday's autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues, was ghostwritten by William Dufty and published in 1956. … Read More
1957 42 Years Old On March 28, 1957, Holiday married Louis McKay, a Mafia enforcer. … Read More
When Holiday returned to Europe almost five years later in 1959, she made one of her last television appearances for Granada's Chelsea at Nine in London.
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