Women’s History Month Spotlight: Billie Holiday

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Billie Holiday

To kick off Women’s History Month, we are focusing on Lady Day herself, Billie Holiday! Holiday was born on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She took on the name “Billie Holiday” around the 1920s, and around the same time became a prominent figure in the New York jazz scene. At the age of 18 years old, Holiday cut her first record with Benny Goodman. Holiday was also the first Black woman to work with a white orchestra in 1938. 

At age 44, Holiday passed away unfortunately. Her musical legacy lives on through hit songs like, “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “I Wished On The Moon,” and “Moonlight in Vermont.” Holiday has been inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame, along with many other achievements! 

If you would like to check out any media containing information about Lady Day for research or entertainment purposes, the Music Library can help! Our collection contains a variety of scores, CDs and DVDs about Billie Holiday. Come check us out or request a pick up at the Music Library! 

References come from billieholiday.com

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