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Eleanora Fagan Gough
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Billie Holiday (born April 7, 1915, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - died July 17, 1959, New York City, New York, USA) was an American jazz singer and songwriter.

Daughter of jazz guitarist Clarence Holiday. Godmother of Mala Waldron.

She made her debut circa 1930 singing in various nightclubs in Harlem. In early 1933, the producer John Hammond heard her sing and was impressed by her talent. In 1935 he signed her to Brunswick Records. She made her first recordings with Benny Goodman. Also in 1935 she made her first appearance in a movie, with more roles in the 1940's. From 1939 she started recording songs with notable jazz artists of that time. In the 1950's, her voice was deteriorating as a result of unhappy relationships, heroin use and excessive drinking. In May 1959 she collapsed and was taken to the Metropolitan Hospital in New York City for treatment of liver and heart disease. She was arrested for heroin possession while she lay dying.

She was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 (Early Influence).
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3288 Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra Billie's Blues Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra - Summertime / Billie's Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 3288 US 1936 Sell This Version
Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit / Fine And Mellow album art Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra Fine And Mellow Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra - Strange Fruit / Fine And Mellow (Single) Commodore US 1939 Sell This Version
3282 Billie Holiday - Fine And Mellow / Fifteen Minute Intermission album art Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy Fine And Mellow Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy - Fine And Mellow / Fifteen Minute Intermission(Shellac, 10") Decca 3282 US 1940 Sell This Version
6270 Billie Holiday - God Bless The Child / Solitude album art Billie Holiday God Bless The Child (as Holiday) Billie Holiday - God Bless The Child / Solitude(Shellac, 10") Okeh 6270 US 1941 Sell This Version
Billie Holiday - Fine And Mellow / Princess Poo-Poo-Ly Has Plenty Papaya album art Nellie Lutcher And Her Rhythm Fine And Mellow Nellie Lutcher And Her Rhythm - Fine And Mellow / Princess Poo-Poo-Ly Has Plenty Papaya Capitol Records US 1947 Sell This Version
Billie Holiday - Long Gone Blues / Am I Blue album art Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra Long Gone Blues (as Holiday) Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra - Long Gone Blues / Am I Blue Columbia US 1947 Sell This Version
Billie Holiday - I Love My Man / On The Sunny Side Of The Street album art Billie Holiday With Eddie Heywood And His Trio* I Love My Man Billie Holiday With Eddie Heywood And His Trio* - I Love My Man / On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Single) Commodore US 1947 Sell This Version
771 Billie Holiday - Black And Blue / Don't Explain album art Louis Armstrong / Billie Holiday Don't Explain (as Holiday) Louis Armstrong / Billie Holiday - Black And Blue / Don't Explain(12") V Disc 771 US 1947 Sell This Version
c-135, C 135 Billie Holiday - Billie Holiday Vol. 1 album art Billie Holiday Billie's Blues (as Holiday) Billie Holiday - Billie Holiday Vol. 1(4xShellac, 10", Album) Columbia, Columbia c-135, C 135 US 1947 Sell This Version
A-652 Billie Holiday - Distinctive Song Stylings album art Billie Holiday Don't Explain Billie Holiday - Distinctive Song Stylings(4xShellac, 10", Album) Decca A-652 US 1948 Sell This Version
DS 1802 Billie Holiday - Long Gone Blues / Am I Blue album art Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra Long Gone Blues (as Holiday) Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra - Long Gone Blues / Am I Blue(Shellac, 10") Columbia DS 1802 Sweden 1949 Sell This Version
3260 Billie Holiday - God Bless The Child / Pack Your Rags And Go album art Larry Darnell God Bless The Child (as Holliday) Larry Darnell - God Bless The Child / Pack Your Rags And Go(Shellac, 10") Regal Records (2) 3260 US 1950 Sell This Version
38792 Billie Holiday - Am I Blue / God Bless The Child album art Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra God Bless The Child (as Holiday) Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra - Am I Blue / God Bless The Child(Shellac, 10") Columbia 38792 US 1950 Sell This Version
04464 Billie Holiday - Please Tell Me Now / Somebody's On My Mind album art Billie Holiday Somebodys On My Mind (as Holiday) Billie Holiday - Please Tell Me Now / Somebody's On My Mind(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 04464 UK 1950 Sell This Version
ED2031 Billie Holiday - Billie Holiday Vol. 1 album art Billie Holiday God Bless The Child Billie Holiday - Billie Holiday Vol. 1(7", EP) Decca ED2031 1953 Sell This Version
Billie Holiday - Billie Holiday album art Billie Holiday & Her Orch.* Long Gone Blues (as Holiday) Billie Holiday & Her Orch.* - Billie Holiday (EP) Columbia US 1954 Sell This Version
FL 20,006 Billie Holiday - Volume 2 album art Billie Holiday I Love My Man - Blues and 1 more… Billie Holiday - Volume 2(10", Comp, Mono) Commodore FL 20,006 US 1954 Sell This Version
EP C-299 Billie Holiday - At Jazz At The Philharmonic album art Billie Holiday Billie's Blues (as Holiday) Billie Holiday - At Jazz At The Philharmonic(7", EP) Clef Records EP C-299 US 1954 Sell This Version
EP 433 Billie Holiday - Storyville Presents Ruby Braff album art Ruby Braff Fine And Mellow Ruby Braff - Storyville Presents Ruby Braff(7", EP) Storyville (3) EP 433 US 1955 Sell This Version
Billie Holiday - Billie Holiday Sings Strange Fruit album art Billie Holiday Strange Fruit (as Holiday) and 1 more… Billie Holiday - Billie Holiday Sings Strange Fruit (EP) Sonet Scandinavia 1956 Sell This Version
Billie Holiday - Lady Sings The Blues album art Billie Holiday God Bless The Child (as Holiday) and 1 more… Billie Holiday - Lady Sings The Blues (Album, Comp) Clef Records Norway 1956 Sell This Version
Billie Holiday - At Jazz At The Philharmonic album art Billie Holiday Billie's Blues (as Holiday) Billie Holiday - At Jazz At The Philharmonic (Album, Comp) Columbia UK 1956 Sell This Version
Billie Holiday - Vol. 1 album art Kenny Dorham And The Jazz Prophets Don't Explain (as Holiday) Kenny Dorham And The Jazz Prophets - Vol. 1 (Album) ABC-Paramount Canada 1956 Sell This Version
Billie Holiday - For Lady album art Webster Young Don't Explain (as Holiday) and 1 more… Webster Young - For Lady (Album) Prestige, Prestige US 1957 Sell This Version
Billie Holiday - Night Train album art Buddy Morrow And His Orchestra Fine And Mellow Buddy Morrow And His Orchestra - Night Train (Album) RCA Victor, RCA Victor US 1957 Sell This Version