Wikipedia : This day (July 17, 1959), in New York City, New York, died Eleanora Harris a.k.a Billie Holiday, an American jazz singer and songwriter.
Billie Holiday : Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. TODAY, Holiday is remembered for her masterpieces, creativity and vivacity, as many of Holiday’s songs are as well known today as they were decades ago.
The Unofficial BILLIE HOLIDAY Website : The development of her unique musical persona, which she refused to surrender in the big bands of Count Basie and Artie Shaw, is traced with the collaboration of Shaw himself. By the time she was twenty the jazz world seemed to be at Billie Holiday‘s feet; but then she became increasingly enmeshed in the world of narcotic drugs.
@last.fm : Above all, she was admired for her deeply personal and intimate approach to singing. Critic John Bush wrote that she “changed the art of American pop vocals forever. ” She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards, notably “God Bless the Child,” “Don’t Explain,” and “Lady Sings The Blues.”
Video : My Man . Strange Fruit . What A Little Moonlight Can Do (1958) . Fine And Mellow (1957) . w/ Louis Armstrong – The Blues Are Brewin’ . Travelin’ Light . I Only Have Eyes For You (1956) .Billie Holiday & Count Basie – God Bless the Child / nor or Never (1952) .