To kick off The Mellow Mix’s celebration of African American Music Appreciation Month, we pay honor to Billie Holiday! Born as Eleanora Fagan Gough, on April 7, 1915, we also celebrate #Billieat100.
Billie Holiday, also known as Lady Day, released her first recording at the age of 18 in 1933. Known for her timeless classics, such as “Summertime”, “Strange Fruit”, “God Bless The Child”, Holiday’s music continues to touch budding generations.
In 1956, Billie Holiday released her notorious autobiography, “Lady Sings The Blues”, which became a film featuring Diana Ross as Holiday in 1972. Billie Holiday has received many posthumous awards, a few were for the following songs and albums:
1976 – “God Bless The Child” single inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame
1978 – “Strange Fruit” single inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame
1980 – “Billie Holiday – Giants of Jazz” wins a Grammy Award for Best Historical Album
1987 – Billie Holiday is posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
1989 – “Love Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)” single inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame
1992 – “Billie Holiday – The Complete Decca Recordings” wins a Grammy Award for Best Historical Album
Please visit our Billie Holiday Store to add music to your collection: