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     This Day In History: Happy Birthday Billie Holiday!

April 7, 2015
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Today marks the centennial of Billie Holiday as thousands remember the jazz legend that set the bar for generations of singers after her.

 

It was 1959 when Holiday died. She was 44 years old in a hospital bed with nothing more than 50 dollars to her name, but now this trailblazer is being remembered for her dignified stance against racism, despite her heroin use, police harassment and an abusive husband.

 

She broke racial boundaries as an internationally known singer. The Apollo, one of the few venues that allowed Holiday to perform is holding several events including a tribute concert by Cassandra Wilson, the Grammy-winning singer who is also releasing an album of Holiday covers.

 

Jazz lovers will be happy to know her label Columbia has created a Centennial Collection – a CD with 20 of her greatest songs including, ‘Summertime’, ‘All of Me’ and ‘Strange Fruit’.

 

Source: Biography.com/Image: ew.com

 

Contributor: Charlene McCallum (follow on Twitter: @CharleneCMCC)

 

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