Billie Holiday

Who was Billie Holiday?

Billie Holiday is considered one of the best jazz vocalists of all time, Holiday had a thriving career as a jazz singer for many years before she lost her battle with substance abuse. Also known as Lady Day, her autobiography was made into the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues. In 2000, Holiday was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Accomplishments and Accolades:

She won five Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Nesuhi Ertugan Jazz Hall of Fame in 2004. In 1945, 1946, and 1947 she she was awarded the Esquire Magazine Silver Award for the Best Leading Vocalist. In 1973 after her death she was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 1979 she on a Grammy for Best Historical Album. In 1997 she was inducted into ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

Love is like a faucet, it turns off and on.

 

Don’t threaten me with love, baby. Let’s just go walking in the rain.

 

I’m always making a comeback but nobody but nobody ever tells me where I’ve been.

 

 
 

Famous Songs

- Strange Fruit

- I'll be Seeing You

- Billie's Blues

- God Bless This Child

Summary

Billie Holiday was most famous for her song “Strange Fruit”, which address the horrid moments of black bodies being hung in the south. She used her deep crisp voice to display the images the song was meant to portray. Even after her death in 1959, she still received multiple awards leading to greater success. She had a very unique voice and was a rare find. 

By: Anya Davis