Billie Holiday: Legendary Jazz Singer Billie Holiday was the most influential jazz singer of her time. Her contributions to jazz music changed the art of American pop vocals forever. “Lady Day” was her nicknameBorn: April 7, 1915 and she made her music and song her songs through out the yearsGiven Name: Eleanora Fagan Gough of her life.Birth place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A Chaotic Childhood Holiday’s parents were both teenagers when they had her Her father abandoned her and her mother when she was an infant She spent a lot of her childhood with uncaring relatives and often times felt very unloved 2 year old Billie Holiday
In 1925, Holiday was sent to a Catholic reform Growing-up school, she spent 2 years in the school In 1927, Holiday moved in with her mother. The helped he mom with domestic jobs by day and moonlighted as a prostitute by night Holiday sang in night clubs during the 1930-31 and got her big break in 1933 when she was discovered by record producer John Hammond By early 1935 Holiday made her debut at the Apollo, and appeared in a one real film with Duke Ellington.God Bless the Child
The early years • Early in her career Billie holiday sought after Louis Armstrongs swing sound and Bessie Smith’s style but she eventually found her own sound • Billie Holiday devoted a lot of time to her craft she spent countless hours listening to and writing music.
Her Music Billie Holiday’s music impacted and entertainedmany people of her time. Click to see song list
S p e aking ou t agains t inj s tice u • Billie Holiday deal with racism. She experienced racism in southern states as well in New York. ~ She was introduced to an emotional poem called “Strange Fruit” about the lynching of black people while working for Columbia Records ~ Columbia would not let her record the piece because of the controversial subject matter“Strange Fruit” so she recorded the song with an alternate label, Commodore in 1939 . “Strange Fruit” was band from many radio stations in 1939.
“Life in time”1915: 1930: 1933: 1935:~Born in Philadelphia -Sings in various •She is discovered By - Started along side Duke Harlem clubs as a Hammond Ellington in the film teenager • She made her first “Symphony in Black” commercial recording with Benny Goodman1937: 1938: 1939: 1944:•She received her nickname • She works with -Introduced the songs -She recorded her 2nd major“Lady Day” from sax player Artie Shaw “Strange Fruit” and “God session with CommodoreLester Young Bless the Child.” Records -She Records a first major•She works the Count Basie session with Commodore -She is signed by DeccaOrchestra Records Records1946: 1954: 1959: 1972:- She stars in the film “New - She tour Europe -She makes her final - Diana Ross stars as BillieOrleans” performance in NYC Holiday in the movie -Holiday dies in NYC on “Lady Sings the Blues” July 17th1988: 2000:- U2 releases the Billie Holiday Billie Holiday is inductedtribute song “Angel of Harlem” into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Click to view video
Inte re s ting facts ab ou t lad y d ay : On September 18, 1994, the UnitedStates Postal Service honored Holidayby introducing a USPS-sponsoredstamp. A statue of Holiday still stands todayat the corner of Lafayette andPennsylvania Avenues in Baltimore