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Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. (Billie at 2 yrs old).

Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. (Billie at 2 yrs old).

hennyproud: “Billie Holiday arriving backstage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, c. 1952 ”

hennyproud: “Billie Holiday arriving backstage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, c. 1952 ”

artemisvoice: Billie Holiday, d’Orly airport, Paris,  1958 Jean-Pierre Leloir

artemisvoice: Billie Holiday, d’Orly airport, Paris, 1958 Jean-Pierre Leloir

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