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"One of these mornings You're goin' to rise up singing Then you'll spread your wings.."
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"I've been your slave, baby Ever since I've been your babe I've been your slave."
Singer, jazz vocalist named Billie Holiday. She was born on April 7, 1915, in Philadelphia. In her difficult early life, Billie Holiday found solace in music, singing along to the records of Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong.
She then moved to New York City in the late 1920s and worked in a house of prostitution in Harlem for quite a time.
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Around 1930, Holiday began singing in local clubs and renamed herself "Billie" after the film star Billie Dove.
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At the age of 18, Billie Holiday was discovered by a producer named John Hammond while she was performing in a Harlem jazz club.
Billie Holiday was admitted to the hospital for heart and liver problems. She was so addicted to heroin that she was even arrested for possession while in the hospital. On July 17, 1959, She died from alcohol- and drug-related complications.
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