Brooke is sharing about her favourite jazz singer, Billie Holiday!

Thank you, Brooke! ❤

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The great Billie Holiday Image of Billie Holiday

“Billie Holiday, One of the best jazz singers of all time”

Billie Holiday was born, Eleanor Fagan on April 7th 1915  in Philadephia and sadly died July 17th 1959 at the age of  44 years old. Billie Holiday as a child, had a some what unstable and very troubled childhood.

During her difficult early years, she found her love for music, singing along to Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong. She followed her mother to New York in the late 1920’s, she worked in a house of prostitution in Harlem. Around 1930 she began to sing in local clubs and took the name “Billie” which she took from the film star Billie Dove. While performing in a Harlem Jazz Club at the age of 18, she was discovered by producer John Hammond, he organized her get together with a then up and coming clarinetist named Benny Goodman…

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