Billie Holiday: American Jazz Singer and Songwriter

 

Billie Holiday, born Eleanora Fagan, (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) 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.”

Billie Holiday ( April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) "Lady Day"

Billie Holiday
( April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959)
“Lady Day”

Billie Holiday, New York City, 1949

Billie Holiday, New York City, 1949

Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Barney Bigard perform in New Orleans (1947)

Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Barney Bigard perform in New Orleans (1947)

Billie Holiday Monterey Jazz Festival 1958  (Photo by Nat Farbman)

Billie Holiday Monterey Jazz Festival 1958 (Photo by Nat Farbman)

Billie Holiday with her dog, Mr. Downbeat, in New York - 1946

Billie Holiday with her dog, Mr. Downbeat, in New York – 1946

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