Legal name: Eleanora Fagan
Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter. 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.
- ^ Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth review – a celebration of a true original. By Neil Spencer. Guardian. May 3, 2015.