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Cyndi Lauper playing uke

Cyndi Lauper playing uke

Two icons: Billie Holiday and William Faulkner, photographed in 1956 by Moneta Sleet Jr. According to Donald Clarke's 2009 biography of Ms. Holiday, she was initially wary about meeting Mr. Faulkner because he was a Southerner. She called her friend, the singer Thelma Carpenter and asked about him. Ms. Carpenter said the meeting was likely set up by Bill Dufty, ghostwriter for "Lady Sings the Blues" and that the singer and the writer "got along beautifully... he understood her perfectly."

Mollisfossen waterfall,Norway:

Medieval, Old Town Prague, Czech Republic

“Time is important to me because I want to sing long enough to leave a message.” — Mahalia Jackson

Young girl wearing traditional clothing from Łowicz, Poland

Blue Pueblo, Sunset Island , Lake Superior | See More Pictures | #SeeMorePictures

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Mary Lou Williams, hall of fame pianist, worked with Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and served as a mentor for Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. (Photo: Gottlieb Collection) For more info, check out today's notes!

The giants causeway on the north Antrim coast, Ireland

Alexandre Dumas' hideaway on the grounds of Monte Cristo Castle in Marly le Roi, France.