Flashback Friday: Billie Holiday
Today, July 16, marks the passing of the incomparable singer Ms. Billie Holiday. Few vocalists before or since have been able to spin such emotional depth through such a lovely voice. This Flashback Friday, we honor the Jazz great, adoring everything from her flawless eyebrows to the trademark flower in her hair. We might even brush up on her history since there are rumors of a Billie biopic starring Mary J. Blige floating around. Let's prepare shall we?
Billie developed a special rapport with tenor saxophonist Lester Young, who was a boarder at her mother’s home. Lester gave Billie the nickname “Lady Day” and she dubbed him “Prez.” Here’s the singer in 1945, singing her hit “Fine and Mellow” with her band.