Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Harris April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, 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.
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I can't stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession, let alone two years or ten years. If you can, then it ain't music, it's close-order drill or exercise or yodeling or somethin...Billie Holiday (1915-1959), U.S. blues singer, and William Dufty. Lady Sings the Blues, ch. 4 (1956, rev. 1975).
''You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.''Billie Holiday (1915-1959), U.S. blues singer, and William Dufty. Lady Sings the Blues, ch. 11 (1956, rev. 1975).
In this country, don't forget, a habit is no damn private hell. There's no solitary confinement outside of jail. A habit is hell for those you love. And in this country it's the worst kind of hell for...Billie Holiday (1915-1959), U.S. blues singer, and William Duffy. Lady Sings the Blues, ch. 24 (1956, rev. 1975).
If you think dope is for kicks and for thrills, you're out of your mind. There are more kicks to be had in a good case of paralytic polio or by living in an iron lung. If you think you need stuff to p...Billie Holiday (1915-1959), U.S. blues singer, and William Dufty, U.S. writer. Lady Sings the Blues, ch. 23 (1956, rev. 1975).
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