Billie Holiday


Autumn in New York, the gleaming rooftops at sundown
Autumn in New York, it lifts you up when you're run down
Jaded rous and gay divorces who lunch at the Ritz
Will tell you that its divine

Billie Holiday, 'Autumn In New York'

Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. In September 1943, Life wrote: “She has the most distinct style of any popular vocalist and is imitated by other vocalists.”