"Billie Holiday" 17 x 24 Poster from show in 1946 at Town Hall 113 West 43rd St New York city
Born in 1915 Billie Holiday (birth name Eleanora Fagan Gough) is still known as one of the greatest singers and songwriters of the 20th century. When she was around 15 years old Billie started singing in the local Jazz clubs in Baltimore MD. While singing in Harlem at the age of 18 a producer named John Hammond was there and took her to the studio recording several tracks with a young clarinetist's named Benny Goodman. Soon after she appeared in the film Symphony in Black with Duke Ellington. Now nicknamed "Lady Day" in 1937 Count Basie she performed with his Orchestra and her fame grew quickly. A year later the famous Bandleader Artie Shaw signed Billie as the first black women to perform and front an all-white Orchestra.