Billie Holiday: Lady Blue

1936

Daily Elvis: July 10

Billie Holiday recorded “Billie’s Blues

1939

Daily Elvis: April 20

The first civil rights song, “Strange Fruit,” an Abel Meeropol poem originally titled “Bitter Fruit” and later set to music, was recorded by Billie Holiday. It became Holliday’s biggest record success

1942

Daily Elvis: October 24

Billie Holliday hit the R&B hit parade with “Trav’lin’ Light,” as band vocalist with the Paul Whitman Orchestra. The record spent three weeks at #1.

1958

Daily Elvis: March 12

Jazz singer Billie Holiday, who had pled guilty to a narcotics-possession charge in 1956, is given a year’s probation by a Philadelphia court.

1959

Daily Elvis: July 17

Billie Holiday died in a New York City hospital from cirrhosis of the liver after years of alcohol abuse, aged 43. (While under arrest for heroin possession, with Police officers stationed at the door to her room.) In the final years of her life, she had been progressively swindled out of her earnings, and she died with $0.70 in the bank. Holiday had a longtime addiction to drugs and alcohol, but evidence suggests she died from a kidney infection. Among Holiday’s best-known songs were “Lover Man,” “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless the Child.” It was not until 1986 — 27 years after her death — that she was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

She served time in prison and had a number of lesbian relationships while incarcerated. Throughout her career, Holiday was openly bisexual and was rumored to have dated a notable amount of stage and actresses including Tallulah Bankhead.

Bankhead was most known for her drawl and her signature greeting  “Hello Dahling.” the a part being the drawn out drawled intonation. 

1974

Daily Elvis: May 24

American composer, pianist, and bandleader Duke Ellington, died of lung cancer and pneumonia aged 75. Worked with Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday. Awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966.

1987

John Hammond, producer and record company executive for Columbia Records, died at the age of 76 after a series of strokes in Manhattan, New York.  Hammond signed Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Ray Vaughan and produced Benny Goodman, Billie Holliday and Count Basie.

2014

Daily Elvis: June 8

Audra McDonald wins a Tony for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar And Grill”

2015

Daily Elvis: November 15

Trumpeter Miles Davis was voted the greatest jazz artist of all time by listeners of UK stations BBC Radio and Jazz FM. Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday also all made the top 10.

see also:

Queer Icon: Billie Holiday (1915-1959) — Sainte Magazinesainte-magazine.com › queer-and-now › billie-holiday

Jan 6, 2019 – Openly bisexualHoliday had several affairs with men and women, most notably with Broadway actress Tallulah Bankhead. Though the …
Billie Holiday | Famous Bi People | Bi.orgbi.org › famous › billie-holiday

Lady Day, as Billie Holiday was known, is still considered one of the best jazz vocalists of all time. Her style continues to impact jazz and pop artists to this day.


Tallulah & Billie – Stars and Lettersstarsandletters.blogspot.com › 2017/04 › tallulah-billie

Apr 17, 2017 – The only photo I could find of Tallulah Bankhead and Billie Holiday together. December 1951, here the two women are photographed with jazz …
Tallulah Bankhead And Billie Holiday | Chamblee54chamblee54.wordpress.com › 2018/01/17 › tallulah-bank…
Tallulah Bankhead was born January 31, 1902 in Huntsville AL. She had a year-older sister, Eugenia. Their …Jan 17, 2018 – Uploaded by VintageVideos
Billie Holiday – The WOW Reportworldofwonder.net › Life › Born This Day

Apr 7, 2018 – Around this time, Holiday attended one of Tallulah Bankhead‘s Harlem rent parties where there was plenty of booze and cocaine. The two talented women had combustible sexual chemistry and by the mid-1940s, when they were both famous, Holiday and Bankhead were together whenever their schedules allowed.

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