Billie Holiday at 100: Her Biography Is More Complicated Than You Know

April 7, 2015 1:00 PM

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Billie Holiday at 100: Her Biography Is More Complicated Than You Know

Died. Billie Holiday, 44, Negro blues singer, whose husky, melancholy voice reflected the tragedy of her own life; in Manhattan. Born of indigent teenagers, schooled in a Baltimore brothel, she stubbornly nursed her resentment, poured it out in songs that reached their height of popularity in the early ’40s — , , above all, , a description of a Negro lynching in the South — succumbed to the dope addiction which dogged her to the end.

Though the remembrance is a short one, it neatly sums up the legend that still follows the singer known as Lady Day, on what would have been her 100th birthday. She had a tough childhood. She sang “Strange Fruit.” She had a tough adulthood too, dying young due to illnesses connected to alcohol and d...

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