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Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday is considered one of the best jazz vocalists of all time. In the 40s, she established herself as a star of the New York club scene.

Famous Facts

  • Born Eleanora Fagan Gough, she later changed her name to Billie Holiday as an appreciation to film star Billie Dove.
  • Holiday was raised in poverty.
  • When she first performed at Carnegie Hall in 1948, Holiday received three curtain calls before a sold-out crowd.

“I never hurt nobody but myself, and that's nobody's business but my own.”

Billie Holiday