Portrait of Billie Holiday and Mister Downbeat, New York, N.Y. Digital History ID 2635|
Credit: Library of Congress
Media type: photograph
Museum Number: LC-GLB23-0428 DLC
Annotation: One of the great influential jazz singers, Billie Holiday, began her career singing in Harlem nightclubs in 1931. She had no formal musical training, yet her music is legend. Born Eleanora Fagan, Holiday adopted the stage name of Billie after Billie Dove, a popular actress of the 1920s and early 30s. Holiday often performed with her signature white gardenias adorning her hair.
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