Black History: Billie Holiday
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Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan; April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959)was an American jazz singer and songwriter.
Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.