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By Meg Greene

Billie vacation (1915-1959), the mythical jazz singer whose vocal stylings have been deeply affecting, keeps to enthrall. This biography conveys her hard-luck formative years, occupation triumphs, after which decline and early dying. At age 14, regardless of starting to be up with an absentee musician father, little education, a rape at 10, and prison time for prostitution, this notable woman moved to manhattan urban to discover paintings as a dancer or singer. She quickly turned the toast of Harlem and went directly to journey and checklist with the most important names in jazz.

Holiday's occupation took off within the Nineteen Thirties, through the melancholy, and the biography inspires the period and surroundings of the jazz membership scene. The country of race kinfolk within the state is mentioned as vacation excursions with white bandleaders resembling Artie Shaw or even as she sings approximately lynching within the arguable unusual Fruit. The narrative additional chronicles Holiday's relationships, descent into drug habit, the following diminishment of her expertise, and tragic early loss of life. Readers at the present time will then are looking to search out Holiday's recordings to extra absolutely take pleasure in her interpretations of the songs of that vintage era.

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93. 8. htm. 9. Ibid. 10. Marcus Wright, New York Age, December 29, 1934, p. 9. Chapter 4 A RISING STAR By February 1935, Billie Holiday was making a name for herself. After her screen debut in Symphony in Black, her manager, Irving Mills, was anxious to keep the momentum going. He offered her a try-out with the Mills Blue Rhythm Band at the Lincoln Theater in Philadelphia. The band, recently put under contract by Mills, was used mainly to fill in bookings when Mills’s two biggest stars, Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway, were playing other engagements.

She received better news in June 1935. John Hammond, still championing Billie’s singing, had arranged a deal with Brunswick Records to get Billie back into the studio, accompanied by the noted jazz pianist Teddy Wilson. 36 BILLIE HOLIDAY TEDDY WILSON Born on November 24, 1911, in Tuskegee, Alabama, Wilson studied piano at nearby Talladega College. Among his first professional experiences was playing with Louis Armstrong. In 1933, Wilson moved to New York City, where he joined Benny Carter’s band, the “Chocolate Dandies,” and began his recording career.

3. , p. 59. 4. Billie Holiday, with William Dufty, Lady Sings the Blues (New York: Penguin, 1992), p. 20. 5. Clarke, Wishing on the Moon, p. 64. 6. Julia Blackburn, With Billie (New York: Pantheon, 2005), p. 78. 7. Hammond and Townsend, John Hammond on Record, p. 93. 8. htm. 9. Ibid. 10. Marcus Wright, New York Age, December 29, 1934, p. 9. Chapter 4 A RISING STAR By February 1935, Billie Holiday was making a name for herself. After her screen debut in Symphony in Black, her manager, Irving Mills, was anxious to keep the momentum going.

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