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Born Eleanora Harris, April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959 in Baltimore. Nicknamed “Lady Day”. Influenced jazz and pop singing.
She had a very difficult childhood. When she was ten, a man sexually attacked her. She was accused of causing the man to attack her and sent away. In 1927, Billie joined her mother in Harlem. Billie's mother sent her to live in a brothel. She became a prostitute at the age of thirteen.
A music producer, John Hammond, arranged for her to make her recording debut, at age 18, in 1933 with Benny Goodman. Hammond called her the best jazz singer he had ever heard.
“I never had a chance to play with dolls like other kids.
I started working when I was six years old.“ -- Billie Holiday
July 4th, 2013
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