Billie Holiday would have turned 100 this week, but who’s counting? The famed jazz singer and songwriter’s voice is ageless, still luring fans with its effortless swagger and unblinking candor. It carried with it all the difficulty she endured throughout her tumultuous life — born Eleanora Fagan, an illegitimate child, on April 7, 1915, in Baltimore; died strung out and broken 44 years later in New York — along with all the hope, fear and desperation that came with it. “What comes out is what I feel,” she once said.
No one else can sound like Billie Holiday because no one else lived like Billie Holiday.