Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), better known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years.
Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing.
Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.
She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills, which made up for her limited range and lack of formal music education.
Holiday herself was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1973.
Lady Sings the Blues, a film about her life, starring Diana Ross, was released in 1972.
Their landlady was a sharply dressed woman named Florence Williams, who ran a brothel at 151 West 140th Street.
Other historians consider this an anomaly, probably inserted by a hospital or government worker.
On May 2, 1929, the house was raided, and Holiday and her mother were sent to prison.
After spending some time in a workhouse, her mother was released in July, and Holiday was released in October.
Her final album, Lady in Satin, was released in 1958. A posthumous album, Last Recording, was released following her death.
Much of Holiday's material has been rereleased since her death.
Eleonora was left with Martha Miller again while her mother took more transportation jobs.