- As Time Goes By -
- Hammond organizes her first commercial recording session with Benny Goodman
- Begins collaborations with Teddy Wilson - Stars alongside Duke Ellington in the film "Symphony in Black"
- She teams with the Count Basie Orchestra
- Records her first major session at Commodore
- Billie Holiday writes and records "Don’t Explain" - Esquire Magazine Gold Award for Best Leading Female Vocalist
- The Broadway show "Holiday on Broadway" begins a three week run
- She tours Europe
- Make her first appearance on The Tonight Show, hosted by Steve Allen
- Holiday gives her final performance in New York City. - July 17, Holiday dies in New York City and is buried at Saint Raymond’s Cemetery in Bronx County, NY.
– Miki Howard stars as Billie Holiday in a club scene in “Malcolm X”
– Etta James receives first Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for her “Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday” album – “The Complete Billie Holiday” wins a Grammy Award for Best Historical Album
– Ranked #6 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Women In Rock n’ Roll”
– Billie Holiday is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fifteenth annual induction dinner. Diana Ross is her presenter.
– “Strange Fruit” honored by the Library of Congress as one of the 50 songs that year to be added to the National Recording Registry
– Kanye West samples Nina Simone’s version of “Strange Fruit”
Two-time Grammy winner Cassandra Wilson presents the plaque as Lady Day joins other legends including Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown and Louis Armstrong.
On December 4, 2020, the documentary Billie was released in theatres and on streaming platforms. Written and directed by James Erskine, the film is based around interviews recorded on audio cassettes through the 1970s by Linda Lipnack Kuehl. The interviews feature the first-hand recollections of Lady Day’s friends, family members, band members,