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Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 - July 17, 1959), born Eleanora Fagan and later nicknamed Lady Day (see "Jazz royalty" regarding similar nicknames), was an American jazz singer, composer, a seminal influence on jazz and pop singers, and generally regarded as one of the greatest female jazz vocalists.

Billie Holiday was posthumously inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old, and that have "qualitative or historical significance Her distinct delivery made Billie Holiday's performances instantly recognizable throughout her career. Years of abuse eventually altered the texture of her voice and gave it a prepossessing fragility, but the emotion with which she imbued each song remained intact. Her last major recording, a 1958 album entitled Lady in Satin, features the backing of a 40-piece orchestra conducted and arranged by Ray Ellis.

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Male, Age Private, Providence, RI

Posted May 03, 2014

We need African American millionaires that respect our African legends to put money up to produce movies of our African legends who are alive & the ones that made there transition. No disrespect I?m sick of Jews, Caucasians & everyone else monopolizing, taking making money of my ancestors legacy during & after there life telling there stories. Caucasians wouldn?t let a African produce , write also direct a bio picture movie of there hero?s like Elvis, & the Beatles just to name a few lol. We as Africans need to take control of our images & protect our legends by directing , writing also producing there work as a bio pic movie or what ever way we see fit to preserve there legacies with no chaser. Money is not the issue because many of us Have it so stop with the excuses & lets practice group economics have respect for our culture then lets get it done now is the time to build & pass on a strong legacy.