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  • Billie Holiday

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    To understand the controversy that Billie presented one must first go to the root or source of such controversy and examine Billie's childhood. Billie was born Eleanora Harris to her father Clarence Holiday and mother Sadie Fagan who were just fifteen and thirteen years old, respectively, at the time (A 91). Born between 1912 and 1915 in Baltimore, the date unsure, Billie grew up without her father, who moved away early on in her life. Billie and her mother used to fight a lot, when her mother

  • Billie Holiday

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    Billie Holiday Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but spent most of her poverty stricken childhood in Baltimore. Lady Day, as she was named by Lester Young, had to overcome many tragedies in her lifetime and yet still became one of the most popular jazz-blues vocalists of all time.      Billie's Parents, Sally Fagan and Clarence Holiday, were both born in Baltimore. They married as teens and soon Sally gave birth to Eleanora Fagan. Shortly

  • Billie Holiday

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    Billie Holiday was an African-American and she was born in April, 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She had no formal music education when she was step into the stage of the club platform to sing. She had an amazing voice and several producers appreciated her talents and promoted her to become a recognition jazz singer. Her addiction of drugs and alcohol ultimately damaged her liver and heart. She was pledged to guilty in court when the police found a possession of an illegal substance in her

  • Billie Holiday

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    instruments. Many have the ability to reach and touch people’s souls through their amazing gifts. Although this art of turning notes and lyrics into emotional imagery may somewhat come natural, the audience must wonder where their influence comes from. For Billie Holiday, her career was highly influenced by personal experience, the effects of the Great Depression, and the racial challenges of African Americans during her time. The Great Depression was a major historical event that affected thousands of Americans

  • Billie Holiday

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    Billie was born to the name, Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915. She was born in Philadelphia but grew up in the Fell's Point section of Baltimore. Her mother, was just 13 at the time of her birth; her father, was 15. Holidays' teenage parents, Sadie Harris (aka Fagan) and probable father, Clarence Holiday, never married, and they did not live together for a long time. Clarence, a banjo and guitar player worked with Fletcher Henderson's band in the early 30s. He remains a shady figure who left

  • Billie Holiday

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    Billie Holiday, whose real name is Eleanora Gough, was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1915. She grew up mostly in Baltimore and always loved jazz. Billie was born to very young parents. Her mother was thirteen when she was born and her father just fifteen. (, 2010) Her father made his living as a jazz musician and later he left Billie’s mother. Billie was raised by her mother and grandparents. Billie was not a happy child and eventually left school at an early age

  • Billie Holiday's Life In The Life Of Billie Holiday

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    Billie Holiday originally born Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915, in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania. She spent much of her childhood in Baltimore, Maryland. Her mother who was only a teenager when she had her, name was Sadie. Her father is commonly said to be Clarence Holiday, who in the end became a successful jazz musician who played with people like Fletcher Henderson. Sadly he wasn’t around that much while Holiday was growing up. Sadie wound up marrying Philip Gough in 1920. However it did not last

  • Billie G. Kanell

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    from the Bible is perfectly displayed in the life and death of Billie G. Kanell. To those who do not know his story, Private Kanell is simply considered another small town boy who went off to fight in the war, as many young men did during that time, and never came back. However, to those who know his story, he is considered a very courageous and heroic young man who touched the lives of many others with his selfless sacrifice. Billie Gene Kanell was born in the small town of Poplar Bluff, Missouri

  • Billie Holiday Analysis

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    Billie Holiday: A Different Account “Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth” was written by John Szwed and published in 2015 by Penguin Random House. Szwed’s resume includes professor of anthropology at Yale, professor of music at Columbia University and professional jazz musician. He has written a number of books, including several on jazz musicians. Many books have been written on Billie Holiday, including several biographies and an autobiography. Most of the writings have focused mainly on

  • Billie Holiday Essay

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    Legendary jazz songstress Billie Holiday once said in response to the exclusion of African Americans from jazz clubs on the notorious 52nd Street, “You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.” The comparison between the jazz world, or more specifically 52nd Street, and a plantation show the immense racial tension between blacks and whites in the early to mid part of the twentieth century. In