Billie Holiday

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Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

April 7, 1915-July 17, 1959

Billie became known for her soulful voice and her distinct phrasing, which made her one of the most influential female jazz voices of the time.

Billie became significant because of her haunting and evocative songs, such as "Strange Fruit," which opposed racism.

Billie's hard earned music career was filled with many accompllishments that were impressive for anyone of that time, but were even more significant because she was a black woman.

Billie's voice was unique and beautiful. With her talent, she was able to add a whole other dimension to jazz music.

Billie's music provided a place for blacks and whites to meet socially. Her melancholy sound was emotional and raw, a perfect match for her songs, which taught the truth to Black heritage.

Billie overcame a very difficult childhood and was able to gain a respected music career. She made many significant accomplishments including recording music with big record companies.

Billie became an artistic fighter against racism. Although she was not going out and organizing marches, her songs opened many peoples' eyes to the cruelties of racism.

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