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Billie Holiday by Roy DeCarava in the Photographs Dept.

the incomparable Billie Holiday

She has consoled me through heartache and heartbreak for most of my life. Thank You Billie.

Billie Holiday at the mic, 1946 love your board you have amazing people very good choice

Billie Holiday photographed by Bob Willoughby (1952)

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday ( April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. 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. Critic John Bush wrote that Holiday "changed the art of American pop vocals forever." She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards, notably "God Bless the Child", "Don't Explain", "Fine and Mellow".

Lorraine Glover. Photo by William Claxton, 1960.

  • Patti Littlefield

    Hi Just wanted to let you know that this is not Billie Holiday. It is a picture of Lorraine Glover. "Lorraine Glover was the wife of hard bop trumpet star Donald Byrd. Photograph was taken by famed jazz photographer William Claxton in 1960 – when Billie Holiday was already deceased. This beautiful photo keeps popping up on the internet with the wrong caption. And by the way: It’s not Valaida Snow a jazz trumpeter, either" Just FYI

  • Vicki VanValkenburgh

    Thanks for the correction. I never even read some of the captions when I'm repinning, and that was evidently the case here, as Billie wasn't even spelled correctly! But it's good to know. I will edit the caption accordingly.