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Billie Holiday by Roy DeCarava in the Photographs Dept.

Billie Holiday: definitely a favorite of mine. I have no board that could encompass all of the amazingness that is Billie, however Crazy Coolness will have to do.

the incomparable Billie Holiday

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. A woman with a traumatic childhood, an unloving family and was forced into prostitution. She used her talent and sang her way to fame. Loved for her individual style and phrasing she became the queen of blues recognised for her signature mechalcholic ballads. Her life was cut short after several abusive husbands and an addiction to drugs. The worls has never been the same. #womenwhochangedtheworld

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".

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