May 31, 1915

90 years ago today, Eleanora Fagan, better known to time and memory and Billie Holiday was born.

Here are six images of her:

Within her art; 1957

Hearing a wordless siren's song; a publicity still with Louis Armstrong, 1947

Where does it all go to, I wonder; sometime in the 40s

She ponders the vista of her future; 1955

A rare moment of tranquility; near the end.

Unleashing her muse, both tender and wild; sometime in the 40s

(my immense thanks to Bob Keser for reminding this addled brain what day it was)


Rob said...

Like no other, and no equal. 'Nuff said.


swac said...

I first heard Billie Holiday when I checked a Charlie Parker anthology out of the library when I was 12 or so, and there she was singing Back In Your Own Backyard. Somewhere I still have the tape I made of that record...12 was a big year, discovering jazz, reading Kerouac, but hearing Holiday for the first time...that definitely cranked the psyche up a notch.

sleepybomb said...

my mom, who is a singer of some note, is a huge billie freak. i was turned on at a much earlier age, but the effect is everlasting. i have a cool set of 78's by billie, (i'd need to ldig it up for the lable), she gave me all her records cuz she couldn't be bothered anymore. god, i hope i never get like that . . .

sleepybomb said...

oh yeah, 12 . . . pot, the white lp and sex, very good year . . 1968!