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Holiday, Billie [Fagan, Eleanora; Harris, Elinore; Lady Day]locked

  • James Lincoln Collier


(b Philadelphia, April 7, 1915; d New York, July 17, 1959). American jazz singer. Her early life is obscure, as the account given in her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues, is inaccurate. Her father abandoned the family early and refused to acknowledge his daughter until after her first success. At some point in her childhood her mother moved to New York, leaving her in the care of her relatives who, according to Holiday, mistreated her. She did menial work, had little schooling, and in ...

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