AS TIME GOES BY

1915
Apr 07

Billie Holiday is Born April 7, Born in Philadelphia, Penn.

1930
Nov 02

Holiday appears in various Harlem clubs with singer Laurence Jackson

1933
Nov 02

Holiday cuts her first records at the age of 18

Holiday cuts her first records at the age of 18

– Hammond organizes her first commercial recording session with Benny Goodman

1935
Nov 02

Signed to Brunswick Records by John Hammond

Signed to Brunswick Records by John Hammond

– Begins collaborations with Teddy Wilson – Stars alongside Duke Ellington in the film “Symphony in Black”

1936
Nov 02

Releases “Summertime” from “Porgy and Bess”

Releases “Summertime” from “Porgy and Bess”

1937
Nov 02

Receives the nickname “Lady Day” from sax player Lester Young

Receives the nickname “Lady Day” from sax player Lester Young

– She teams with the Count Basie Orchestra

1938
Nov 02

She teams with Artie Shaw becoming the first black woman to work with a white orchestra

She teams with Artie Shaw becoming the first black woman to work with a white orchestra

1939
Nov 02

Debut performance of “Strange Fruit” at Café Society, New York’s first integrated nightclub

Debut performance of  “Strange Fruit” at Café Society, New York’s first integrated nightclub

– Records her first major session at Commodore

1941
Nov 02

Billie co-writes and records the legendary “God Bless The Child”

Billie co-writes and records the legendary “God Bless The Child”

1943
Nov 02

Holiday signs with Decca Records

Holiday signs with Decca Records

1944
Nov 02

“Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)”, written specifically for Billie, becomes her highest charted Pop hit to date, peaking at #16.

“Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)”, written specifically for Billie, becomes her highest charted Pop hit to date, peaking at #16.

– Billie Holiday writes and records “Don’t Explain” – Esquire Magazine Gold Award for Best Leading Female Vocalist

1948
Nov 02

Performs at Carnegie Hall to a sold out crowd

Performs at Carnegie Hall to a sold out crowd

– The Broadway show “Holiday on Broadway” begins a three week run

1949
Nov 02

“Crazy He Calls Me” single is released

“Crazy He Calls Me” single is released

1950
Nov 02

Appears in the short film “Sugar Chile Robinson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and His Sextet”

Appears in the short film “Sugar Chile Robinson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and His Sextet”

1952
Nov 02

Her first two long play studio albums are released for Norman Granz’s Clef Records, “Billie Holiday Sings” and “An Evening with Billie Holiday”

1953
Nov 02

Appears on the ABC reality series “The Comeback Story”

1954
Nov 02

Billie releases her next full length album, “Billie Holiday”, for Clef Records

Billie releases her next full length album, “Billie Holiday”, for Clef Records

– She tours Europe

1955
Nov 02

Her full length album, “Music for Torching”, is released for Clef Records

Her full length album, “Music for Torching”, is released for Clef Records

– Make her first appearance on The Tonight Show, hosted by Steve Allen

1956
Nov 02

Her “Velvet Mood: Songs By Billie Holiday” album is released

– “Lady Sings The Blues” marks the last album for Clef Records – Her autobiography, “Lady Sings The Blues”, is published by Doubleday – Performs two sold shows at Carnegie Hall

1957
Nov 02

Her “Body and Soul” and “Songs For Distingue Lovers” full length albums are released on Norman Granz’s new Verve Records

1958
Nov 02

Norman Granz releases his last records with Billie, “Stay With Me” and “All or Nothing At All”

– Working with the Ray Ellis Orchestra, Billie makes her album debut on Columbia Records with “Lady In Satin”

1959
Nov 02

Holiday completes her final album, “Billie Holiday”, retitled “Last Recordings” with MGM

Holiday completes her final album, “Billie Holiday”, retitled “Last Recordings” with MGM

– 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.

1961
Nov 02

Live recordings from her last Carnegie Hall appearance are released as “The Essential Billie Holiday”

Live recordings from her last Carnegie Hall appearance are released as “The Essential Billie Holiday”

1965
Nov 02

Nina Simone records her version of “Strange Fruit”

Nina Simone records her version of “Strange Fruit”

1972
Nov 02

Diana Ross stars as Holiday in the film “Lady Sings the Blues”

Diana Ross stars as Holiday in the film “Lady Sings the Blues”

1976
Nov 02

“God Bless The Child” single inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame

“God Bless The Child” single inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame

1978
Nov 02

“Strange Fruit” single inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame

“Strange Fruit” single inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame

1980
Nov 02

“Billie Holiday – Giants of Jazz” wins a Grammy Award for Best Historical Album

“Billie Holiday – Giants of Jazz” wins a Grammy Award for Best Historical Album

1985
Feb 11

The city of Baltimore honors Billie Holiday with her first statue

1987
Feb 11

Billie Holiday is posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award