Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday reading the sides for her upcoming autobiography "Lady Sings the Blues"

Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit Rare Live Footage of one of the firtst anti rascism songs ever.

Ladies of Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald (April 17th, 1917 - June 15th, 1996) Billie Holiday (April 7th, 1915 - June 17th, 1959) Thelma Carpenter (January 15th, 1922 - May 14th, 1997) Lena Horne (June 30th, 1917 - May 9th, 2010) Sarah Vaughan (March 27th, 1954 - April 3rd, 1990) Pearl Bailey (March 29th, 1918 - August 17th, 1990)

Marvin Gaye


Sarah Vaughan plays the piano as Duke Ellington and Billy Eckstine look on, circa 1950. The Newark, NJ-born Ms. Vaughan studied piano as a child and went on to win first prize at the Apollo Theater’s famous Amateur Night competition. Billy Eckstine was in the audience that night and before long, Ms. Vaughan would sing with Mr. Eckstine in his band. Her recording of “The Duke Ellington Songbook, Vol. 1 and 2,” is still unmatched for its beauty and brilliance. Photo by Gilles Pet

Portrait of Billie Holiday, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Feb. 194?, photographed by WIlliam Gottlieb.

Billie Holiday at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, November 1958

Stevie Wonder

Mos Def

Billie Holiday 1915-1959 - Given the title “First Lady of the Blues” she was widely considered to be the greatest and most expressive jazz singer of all time. Despite her early death at 44, her unique voice and style helped define the jazz era. Her vinyl recordings are widely sought after today.

Aretha & Sam Cooke


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Miles Davis (1964)

Jimi Hendrix sits unobserved in the audience at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967. by Colin Beard (photographer, Australia)

1958 "Lady In Satin" album on Columbia Records. Mono version. The mono issue had one extra song that the stereo issue did not, "The End Of A Love Affair". This song was not mixed to stereo until decades later. One of the best vocal jazz albums of all time!

Louis Armstrong & Billie Holiday on the set of Arthur Lubin’s New Orleans (1946)