Billie Holiday reads a manuscript of her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues, 1956.
Billie Holiday, 1958 “I’ve been told that nobody sings the word ‘hunger’ like I do. Or the word ‘love.’ Maybe I remember what those words are all about. Maybe I’m proud enough to want to remember Baltimore and Welfare Island, the Catholic institution and the Jefferson Market Court, the sheriff in front of our place in Harlem and the towns from coast to coast where I got my lumps and scars, Philly and Alderson, Hollywood and San Francisco, every damn bit of it." - Lady Sings the Blues (1956)
Billie Holiday (1915-1959) at d'Orly airport, Paris, photographed by Jean-Pierre Leloir, 1958. "Lady Day" adopted a vocal style based on jazz instrumentals that forever changed the way singers use tempo and phrasing. She was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame