1915 – Billie Holiday, (Elinore Harris), is born on This Day in Rock History!

1915 – Billie Holiday, (Elinore Harris), is born on This Day in Rock History! Considered by most historians to be one of the greatest female jazz singers of her time, she worked with greats like Duke Ellington and Count Basie.  She also recorded over 100 records… GASP.! She died on July 17th 1959 from liver failure and influenced many great singers, even in Rock. She was also arrested many times for drug possesion. She is posthumously given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and three of her recordings receive Grammy Hall of Fame Awards: “Strange Fruit” (1939 recording), “God Bless the Child” (1941) and “Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)” (1945).

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