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Transcript of Billie Holiday
On May 31, 1959, Holiday was taken to Metropolitan Hospital in New York suffering from liver and heart disease. She was arrested for drug possession as she lay dying, and her hospital room was raided by authorities. Police officers were stationed at the door to her room. Holiday remained under police guard at the hospital until she died from pulmonary edema and heart failure caused by cirrhosis of the liver on July 17, 1959.
The discography of Billie Holiday consists of twelve studio albums, three live albums, 24 compilations, and one box set.
Date of Birth:
7 April 1915, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Holiday grew up in jazz talent-rich Baltimore in the 1920.
Considered one of the best jazz vocalists of all time.
Her mother, Sadie, was only a teenager when she had her.
Her father is widely believed to be Clarence Holiday, who eventually became a successful jazz musician.
She made her true singing debut in obscure Harlem nightclubs and borrowed her professional name – Billie Holiday – from screen star Billie Dove.
At the age of 18 and after gaining more experience than most adult musicians can claim, Holiday was spotted by John Hammond and cut her first record.
In 1935 Holiday’s career got a big push.
Holiday began working with Lester Young in 1936 ("Lady Day").
In 1947she is part of the musical drama New Orleans, as a singing maid with Louis Armstrong .
"The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer."
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUMS
CARNEGIE HALL: THE BILLIE HOLIDAY STORY
Stay With Me
Lady In Satin
Her grandfather was one of 17 children born to a black Virginia slave and her white Irish master.
At the time of her birth, her mother, Sarah Harris, was 13.
Her father, Clarence Holiday, was 16.
Billie Hiliday was ranked #6 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.
Scrubbed floors in a brothel and tried to become a dancer before an audition pianist asked if she could sing.
Was raped at ten years old.
Was a prostitute at the age of 14.
Enjoyed reading comic books, including Captain Marvel, throughout her adult life.
Maya Angelou, (1986) The Heart of a Woman; Virago.
Jeremy Reed, (1999) Angels Divas and Black Listed Heroes; Peter Owen.
Leslie Gourse, (1995) Madame Jazz; Oxford Univ. Press.
The history of women in Jazz.
Sally Placksin, (1985) Jazz Women, 1900 to the Present; Pluto