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 recorded for Columbia Records until she received the poem “Strange Fruit” by a New York schoolteacher. Initially afraid to perform the cut for fear of retaliation, Billie said it reminded her of her father’s death. When her label decided “Strange Fruit” was too heavy for them to release, Billie laid the song with Commodore Records. While it didn’t receive much airplay, it became one of her biggest songs.