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V. KAY JAMES McCRIMON

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Billie Holiday

Given Name: Eleanora Fagan

Stage Name: Billie Holiday

Nickname: "Lady Day"

Instrument: Vocals

Occupations: Musician, Composer

Billie Holiday was born April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Billie Holiday was an African American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed

"Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, she, in turn,

dubbed him "Prez." Holiday's vocal style was greatly influenced by jazz instrumentalists.

She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards, most

notably, "God Bless the Child," "Don't Explain," "Fine and Mellow," and "Lady Sings

the Blues." She also became famous for singing "Easy Living," "Good Morning

Heartache," and "Strange Fruit," a protest song which became one of her standards

and made famous with her 1939 recording. Her distinct delivery made Billie Holiday's

performances instantly recognizable throughout her career.

 

Billie Holiday died July 17, 1959 at age 44 in New York City, New York

Cause of Death: Liver and heart disease

Ms. Holiday is buried in St. Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx, NY

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