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Billie Holiday by Roy DeCarava in the Photographs Dept.

the incomparable Billie Holiday

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.

Billie Holiday photographed by Bob Willoughby (1952)

Billie Holiday. Shocking fact: Her recording of Gloomy Sunday is, legendarily, responsible for more suicides than any other song, and has been banned from radio play by many countries - England, for example, lifted its ban only a few years ago.

  • HoneyDrop

    I actually have a pin of her and her husband on the subway I think I pinned it on my Donald Byrd board:)

  • Patti Littlefield

    I can't figure out why people think this is Billie Holiday. I don't think Lorraine even looks like Billie. "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. It’s not Valaida Snow (female jazz trumpet player) either :)

  • RCro

    I try and send a note every time that I come across this one. Lorraine Glover was in fact married to Donald Byrd at the time titis

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Billie Holiday- beyond amazing #lbblegends

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 http://urbanmogullife.com

  • 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.