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  Billie Holiday - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Holiday was a dabbler in recreational drug use for most of her life, smoking marijuana, by some accounts, as early as twelve or thirteen years of age.
Holiday was also rather openly bisexual and was rumored to have had an affair with notable stage and film actress Tallulah Bankhead.
Billie Holiday remained under police guard at the hospital until she died from cirrhosis of the liver on July 17, 1959 at the age of 44.
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Holiday stayed there for nearly nine months, during which time she was given a song-poem, "Strange Fruit", an anti-lynching protest written by Abel Merropol, a white Jewish schoolteacher who used the pseudonym Lewis Allan.
Both Holiday and her idol, Armstrong, had roles involving a great deal of music-making - much of it left in the cutting room - but the purported jazz story turned out to be a nonsensical fantasy; and worse, Holiday and Armstrong were cast as servants.
In defiance of her limited vocal range, Billie Holiday's use of tonal variation and vibrato, her skill at jazz phrasing, and her unique approach to the lyrics of popular songs, were but some of the elements in the work of a truly original artist.
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 Billie Holiday   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Holiday grew up amidst wrenching poverty, neglect, and loneliness, and began working at the age of six; hearing, for the first time, the sweet sounds of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith while scrubbing the floors of a local brothel.
In 1959, Holiday collapsed and was hospitalized; while on her deathbed, she was arrested once again for possession of narcotics.
Although many still regard Holiday as a genius victim of horrible circumstances, recent research reveals a woman very much in control of her musical artistry, and very much aware of what she was doing and why.
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 Billie Holiday
Clarence Holiday played guitar and banjo professionally and joined jazz-band leader Fletcher Henderson in the early 1930s, so he was on the road much of the time, and he was not conceivably a family man, in any case.
Billie Holiday began singing in New York clubs as a teenager, and by the time she was old enough to drink legally she had established a reputation as a stirring jazz singer.
By the end of the 1930s she had sung in the bands of Count Basie and Artie Shaw, but life with a big band was too restrictive for her, and in 1938 she became a solo act.
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 VH1.com : Billie Holiday : Biography
Billie Holiday's highly stylized reading of this blues tradition revolutionized traditional pop, ripping the decades-long tradition of song plugging in two by refusing to compromise her artistry for either the song or the band.
Often bored by the tired old Tin Pan Alley songs she was forced to record early in her career, Holiday fooled around with the beat and the melody, phrasing behind the beat and often rejuvenating the standard melody with harmonies borrowed from her favorite horn players, Armstrong and Lester Young.
Holiday was sentenced to Catholic reform school at the age of ten, reportedly after she admitted being raped.
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 HOLIDAY, Billie : MusicWeb Encyclopaedia of Popular Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Her father, Clarence Holiday, played banjo and guitar for Fletcher Henderson; he was proud of her success but had little influnce on her.
She was engaged for a return date (which impressed Clarence); Cooper bought her a gown and slippers, rehearsed the house band for 'Them There Eyes' and 'If The Moon Turns Green'; comic Pigmeat Markham shoved her out on stage and the Apollo's discerning audience bestowed its approval.
It is not true that the songs were second-rate; she and Wilson chose the ones she liked best from a stack of 30 or 40 for each recording session, and many of them were hits at the time; they were all current pop songs and nobody knew which ones would become standards.
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 Billie Holiday -- Music By Billie Holiday & MP3 Downloads, CDs, DVDs - music.
Holiday's early years are shrouded in legend and rumors due to her fanciful ghostwritten autobiography Lady Sings the Blues but it is fair to say that she did not have a stable life.
Holiday sought to combine together Louis Armstrong's swing and Bessie Smith's sound; the result was her own fresh approach.
Holiday had one final burst of glory in late 1957 when she sang "Fine and Mellow" on The Sound of Jazz telecast while joined by Lester Young (who stole the show with an emotional chorus), Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Gerry Mulligan and Roy Eldridge, but the end was near.
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 PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Billie Holiday
Holiday joined Count Basie in 1937 and Artie Shaw in 1938, becoming one of the first fl singers to be featured with a white orchestra.
Holiday is often considered the foremost female singer in jazz history, a view substantiated by her influence on later singers.
More than nearly any other singer, Holiday phrased her performances in the manner of a jazz instrumental soloist, and accordingly she has to be seen as a complete jazz musician and not merely a singer.
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 Billie Holiday Biography
Billie Holiday was born in Baltimore in 1915.
Holiday's mother, Sadie, was still a teenager at the time and found it hard to cope with a child, often leaving Billie with uncaring relatives who it is said, often abused her.
Holiday would pour her heart and soul into every song and it was her unique ability to interpret a lyric that made her stand out.
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Holiday was openly communist and when she was only twenty four years old, poet Lewis Allen reluctantly offered his song "Strange Fruit" for Holiday to record.
Lady Day had said that the lyrics reminded her of her own father's death (Clarence Holiday had inhaled poisonous gases after serving his country in World War I and was left to die in a hospital after being neglected by racist doctors).
Holiday, who was mainly known for her love songs, boldly stepped out of a stereotyped mold and sang a song that stood defined the injustices performed against her people.
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 RTE.ie Entertainment - Jazz Notes with Honor Heffernan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Billy was born in Baltimore to the teenage Sadie Fagan and Clarence Holiday.
Clarence was a guitar and banjo player who played with Fletcher Henderson in the 30s and he had a reputation as a competent player known for his 'good time' in a rhythm section.
For Billie Holiday, singing was as natural as breathing and when she discovered that she could be free of bordello life and make a living from her voice she grasped her chance with both hands.
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HOLIDAY, BILLIE (1915-1959), often referred to as the most influential jazz singer of all time, lived a life that embraced fame and infamy, triumph and tragedy.
Holiday invested her music with a blues feeling that contained not only sadness but also an honesty and a directness of expression.
Although Holiday enjoyed fame--Jazz Critics Poll (1944), the Metronome Vocalist of the Year (1946), and a film role in New Orleans (1946) in which she was cast as a maid--she was handicapped by her drug addiction.
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 billie holiday
Even though her father, Clarence Holiday, was a guitar/banjo player in Fletcher Henderson's band, she didn't break into the music world until she was in her late teens.
Holiday became a star on the New York club scene during the early '40s and her post-war work for the Decca label gave her popular acclaim, especially when she recorded "Lover Man," which became a hit.
Holiday's music continues to be incredibly popular, and the best window into her life is her autobiography, Lady Sings The Blues.
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 Billie Holiday - Jazz’s First Diva
Billie Holiday is generally regarded by knowledgeable jazz enthusiasts to be the greatest female singer in jazz, although a novice listener may at first find this hard to understand.
Holiday had a small voice, did not belt out songs the way the blues queens before her had, lacked the musicality of Ella Fitzgerald, and, unlike Ella, never scatted in her singing.
In recent years Holiday has undergone a revival with the music-buying audience, and she is well represented on CD, with recordings from all periods in her career selling in larger numbers than any time during her life, a sad irony.
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Almost fifty years after her death, it's difficult to believe that prior to her emergence, jazz and pop singers were tied to the Tin Pan Alley tradition and rarely personalized their songs; only blues singers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey actually gave the impression they had lived through what they were singing.
Though officially she was fired from the band for being temperamental and unreliable, shadowy influences higher up in the publishing world reportedly commanded the action after she refused to begin singing '20s female Blues standards.
Her mother's death soon after affected her deeply, and in 1947 she was arrested for possession of heroin and sentenced to eight months in prison.
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 Profile: Billie Holiday   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Holiday was born April 7, 1915, in Baltimore, the descendant of a fl Virginia slave and a white Irish plantation owner.
Her father, Clarence Holiday -- who never did marry her mother -- played guitar with Fletcher Henderson and abandoned his family early on.
Holiday grew up alone, and her feelings of being unloved and abused became the bedrock of her musical presence.
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Miss Holiday took her professional name from her father, Clarence Holiday, a guitarist who played with Fletcher Henderson's band in the Nineteen Twenties and from one of the favorite movie actresses of her childhood, Billie Dove.
Miss Holiday had been singing in Harlem in this fashion for a year or two when she was heard by John Hammond, a jazz enthusiast, who recommended her to Benny Goodman, at that time a relatively unknown clarinet player who was the leader on occasional recording sessions.
Ten days after her release Miss Holiday gave a concert at Carnegie Hall to a packed house but, although she appeared at concert halls in New York from time to time after that, she was not allowed to appear in New York night clubs.
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 Billie Holiday --¬† Encyclop√¶dia Britannica
Eleanora Fagan was the daughter of Clarence Holiday, a professional musician who for a time played guitar with the Fletcher Henderson band.
Lady Day, as she was usually called, was the finest jazz singer of her generation, and in the opinion of her followers and many critics she was the greatest jazz singer of the 20th century.
The autobiography (1956) of Billie Holiday, written in collaboration with William Dufty, and the movie (1972) made from it, was called ‘Lady Sings the Blues'.
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 St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture: Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday, certainly one of the foremost American song stylists and often called the greatest American jazz singer, was born Eleanora Harris on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia.
It would be a mistake to focus on Billie Holiday as a singer ruined by addictions, yet there is no doubt her appetites shortened her life and harmed her voice.
The discovery of Billie Holiday has been claimed by more than one person, and she herself told a story about auditioning as a dancer at "Pod and Jerry's" and being hired as a singer which was more fancy than fact.
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 pw: philadelphia weekly online
Holiday's answer was a chilling premonition of her own tragic death from multiple organ failure in a New York hospital three years later, on July 17, 1959.
She was born Eleanora Fagan, the daughter of two poor unmarried Baltimore teenagers: domestic Sadie Fagan and banjo player/guitarist Clarence Holiday.
Holiday once said that "anything I do sing, it's a part of my life," and her life and music influences the hip-hop generation.
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 Allartist   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The illegitimate child of 19-year-old Baltimore housemaid Sadie Fagan (later Gough) and waiter Frank De Veazy, she was raised in Baltimore, Maryland.
The song, recorded with a backing group led by trumpeter Frankie Newton (with whom she was then appearing at Café Society) was charted at No.16 and remained ever after among her biggest successes.
That session (April 20th 1939) also produced three other Holiday standards: a heartfelt account of Jerome Kern’s poignant "Yesterdays", a definitive version of Harold Arlen’s "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues" and her own composition "Fine And Mellow".
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 Billie Holiday - Verve Records   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Billie Holiday in the late 1920s when she was working one of her first club jobs.
In 1952 Holiday began a five-year association on record with jazz impresario Norman Granz, who put her in the studio with compatible musicians, often from his Jazz at the Philharmonic troupe.
By now her voice was showing wear and tear from the years of hard living, but her true talent had always had been in the filtering of a song through her personality and experience, and plenty of both show through in the series of recordings she made for Granz.
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 Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday will always be admired for her ability to communicate the underlying tragedy of life in a song.
Holiday was born into an erratic home life on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia.
Wilson recognized Holiday’s intuitive rapport with the saxophone and was probably most responsible for her initial pairing with tenor saxophonist Lester Young in 1937.
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 Chicago Public Radio - Jazz Programming
Holiday became the first fl vocalist to perform with a white orchestra when she joined Artie Shaw in 1938.
Once when Holiday thought the audience at Café Society reacted rudely to a song, she turned her back on them, bent over and flipped her skirt over her head, and mooned the audience.
Holiday claims the first time she saw a microphone she “was scared to death of it.” It was her first recording session, and she was performing with Benny Goodman.
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 Yamba, page 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Iluka, which is an Aboriginal word for "by the sea", is a charming coastal village at the mouth of the Clarence River, that is favoured by four mild seasons.
Clarence Coast Where the Clarence River meets the sea, Yamba & Iluka headlands welcome you to the sub-tropical Clarence Coast.
Just inside the mouth of the River, set on 130 acres of parkland and forest, Clarence Coast Resort takes pride of place between the major towns of Yamba and Maclean on the Clarence River at Palmers Island.
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 Billie Holiday   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Holiday had a distinctive vocal style and influenced later generations of jazz singers.
Billie Holiday titled her autobiography Lady Sings the Blues, and indeed her life seems to have embodied the tragedy that is the subject of blues.
Born Eleanora Fagan, Holiday took her stage name from one of her favorite actresses, Billie Dove, and from her father, Clarence Holiday.
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 mdhs.org > Your Maryland
Legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915 in either Baltimore or Philadelphia.
In the early 1940s Billie Holiday was at the peak of her success, fueled by ballads such as "God Bless the Child" and slow, melancholy songs of heartbreak such as "Gloomy Sunday." Sadly, as she gained celebrity, her private life spiraled out of control.
Billie Holiday, considered by many to be the foremost singer in jazz history, is commemorated in Baltimore with a bronze statue by James Earl Reid on Pennsylvania Avenue not far from the Royal Theater where she once performed, and the Mayor's Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, held every year in April.
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 Billie Holiday   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Eleanora Fagan was born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 7 1915 to Clarence Holiday and Sally Fagan.
Clarence abandoned the family and Billie's mother left her in the care of relatives who were mostly indifferent to the young child.
Frank Sinatra paid tribute to Billie in 1958 stating that, "Billie Holiday was the greatest single musical influence on me and the most important influence on American popular singing in the last 20 years.
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