The life and times of Billie Holiday
The music icon passed away on July 17, 1959
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When it comes to jazz vocalists, there are few more iconic than Billie Holiday. Born in Philadelphia and raised in New York, the singer suffered much hardship in her short life.
A vocalist of undeniably extraordinary talent, however, she was nonetheless able to firmly cement her position among the greats. Her struggles with alcohol and substance abuse may have got the better of her, but her legacy as a musician remains very much alive in popular culture.
Check out this gallery to learn all about the life and times of Billie Holiday.
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