by: John White
publisher: Omnipage Press, London
ISBN number: 0-7119-1292-0
WHAT THE COVER READS:
Billie Holiday (1915-1959) was one of the greatest artists in the history of jazz, a legend in her own lifetime and, nearly thirty years after her untimely death, a persistent and profound influence on popular music. Frank Sinatra said of her in 1958, 'With few exceptions, every major pop singer in the U.S. during her generation has been touched in some way by her genius. It is Billie Holiday ... who was and still remains the greatest single musical influence on me'.
This book offers a new perspective on her legend by focusing on the early in Baltimore and her breakthrough role as the first black woman to sing with an all-white band in a segregated society. John White also nones Billie Holiday's tumultuous life and career, which was later dramatized in the motion picture Lady Sings the Blues with Diana Ross in the leading role.