History Music / BillieHoliday

11th May '15 3:22:33 AM Patachou
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* Her rendition of "Yesterdays" is used as an atmospheric piece in ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' before Fritz and his black friend go off to visit a pimp and a prostitute..
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* Her rendition of "Yesterdays" is used as an atmospheric piece in ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat (1972)'' before Fritz and his black friend go off to visit a pimp and a prostitute..

* "Angel Of Harlem" by Music/{{U2}} from ''Music/TheJoshuaTree'' is a homage to her.
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* "Angel Of Harlem" by Music/{{U2}} from ''Music/TheJoshuaTree'' ''Music/RattleAndHum'' is a homage to her.

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* "Angel Of Harlem" by Music/{{U2}} from ''Music/TheJoshuaTree'' "Same Old Story" is a homage to her.heard over the end credits of ''Film/BadTiming'' (1980).
10th Apr '15 11:30:26 PM runamok
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10th Apr '15 11:29:22 PM runamok
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* BiTheWay: Had flings with both men ''and'' women. Mind you, as with so much else about her, this was in the ''Fifties.''
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* BiTheWay: Had flings with both men ''and'' women. Mind you, as with so much else about her, this was in the ''Fifties.''
9th Apr '15 10:45:51 AM runamok
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* BiTheWay: Had flings with both men ''and'' women. Mind you, as with so much else about her, this was in the ''Fifties.''
5th Apr '15 2:07:12 AM Topov
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cold turkey
* FollowTheLeader: The first female singer to become world famous by singing melancholical songs about unfaithful men, alcohol, drugs and racism. Still copied to this day.
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* FollowTheLeader: The first female singer to become world famous by singing melancholical songs about unfaithful men, alcohol, drugs and racism. Still copied to this day.day. * GoingColdTurkey: Many times, in custody and out. Billie had a heroin habit that at its worse required her to cook up her fix in an old tuna fish can. Most junkies use a teaspoon. Even when in the agonies of withdrawal she still rarely missed a show. Cirrhosis from alcoholism is what eventually killed her.
20th Mar '15 5:07:21 AM Patachou
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Nicknamed "Lady Day", Billie Holiday (1915-1959) was a popular jazz singer. Her early life was tragic and her drug abuse cut her life short, but she remains famous for her powerful yet vulnerable voice, her persona, and her fearless advocacy of civil rights with such songs as the anti-lynching ballad "Strange Fruit."
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-> ''With few exceptions, every major pop singer in the US 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. Lady Day is unquestionably the most important influence on American popular singing in the last twenty years.'' -> '''Music/FrankSinatra''', interview in "Ebony", 1958. Nicknamed "Lady Day", Billie Holiday '''Billie Holiday''' (1915-1959) was a popular jazz singer. Her early life was tragic and her [[DrugsAreBad drug abuse abuse]] cut her life short, but she remains famous for her powerful yet vulnerable voice, her persona, and her fearless advocacy of civil rights with such songs as the anti-lynching ballad "Strange Fruit."

Nicknamed "Lady Day", Billie Holiday (1915-1959) was a popular jazz singer. Her early life was tragic and '''Albums by her drug abuse cut her life short, but she remains famous for her powerful yet vulnerable voice, her persona, and her fearless advocacy of civil rights with such songs as the anti-lynching ballad "Strange Fruit." their own page on TV Tropes'''' * ''Music/LadyInSatin'' (1958)


* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Her legend has been accelerated by her early death.

* FollowTheLeader: The first female singer to become world famous by singing melancholical songs about unfaithful men, alcohol, drugs and racism. Still copied to this day. * {{Jazz}}: She is still the most iconic female jazz singer of all time.

* LipstickMark: In "Don't Explain" she tells her man to "skip that lipstick".

* ProtestSong: "Strange Fruit" was a early example and was daring for its time.
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* PosthumousCollaboration: "God Bless The Child" was recorded again after her death in a version with Tony Bennett. * ProtestSong: "Strange Fruit" was a early example and was daring for its time. It addressed the lynching of black people in the South, by comparing people hanging from trees with "strange fruit".

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* ProtestSong: RomanticizedAbuse: "Ain't Nobody's Business if I Do" where she defiantly declares how happy she is with her abusive husband (yes, it was TruthInTelevision) * SlowClap: When she first sang "Strange Fruit" Fruit," the result was silence... then a early example and was daring for its time.SlowClap.

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'''Billie Holiday in popular culture''' * ProtestSong: Her rendition of "Yesterdays" is used as an atmospheric piece in ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' before Fritz and his black friend go off to visit a pimp and a prostitute.. * Music/DianaRoss performed Holiday in the {{Biopic}} "Lady Sings The Blues" (1972). * "Angel Of Harlem" by Music/{{U2}} from ''Music/TheJoshuaTree'' is a homage to her. * "My Only Friend" by Music/TheMagneticFields is a tribute to her. * "Strange Fruit" was is used in a early example story of ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}''. * ''Series/BombGirls'' provides a shout-out to Billie Holiday and was daring for its time.Creator/CaryGrant. * At the start of ''Film/SophieSchollTheFinalDays'' Sophie and her room-mate Gisela sing along to a recording of Holiday's "Sugar". * Music/AlisonMoyet covered "That Ole Devil Called Love" in 1985. * ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Round Springfield" the ghost of Bleeding Gums Murphy tells Lisa he has to leave: "I got a date with Billie Holiday".
10th May '14 3:43:32 AM arcana07
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Of a boy Billie occasionally babysat. He was a nephew of the man who ran her first record company, Commodore Records, and his name also happened to be Billy. He was a funny kid who grew up to be one Billy Crystal (of ''{{When Harry Met Sally}}'' fame).
4th May '14 11:22:09 AM MarkLungo
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Notable for "Strange Fruit" (which took considerable balls considering this was way before the CivilRightsMovement), "Summertime" and "Easy Living".
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Notable for "Strange Fruit" (which took considerable balls considering this was way before the CivilRightsMovement), UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement), "Summertime" and "Easy Living".
4th May '14 11:21:07 AM MarkLungo
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Nicknamed "Lady Day", Billie Holiday (1915-1959) was a popular jazz singer. Her early life was tragic and her drug abuse cut her life short, but she remains famous for her powerful yet vulnerable voice, her persona, and her fearless advocacy of civil rights with such songs as "Strange Fruit." Notable for "Strange Fruit"(which took considerable balls considering this was way before the CivilRightsMovement), "Summertime" and "Easy Living".
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Nicknamed "Lady Day", Billie Holiday (1915-1959) was a popular jazz singer. Her early life was tragic and her drug abuse cut her life short, but she remains famous for her powerful yet vulnerable voice, her persona, and her fearless advocacy of civil rights with such songs as the anti-lynching ballad "Strange Fruit." Notable for "Strange Fruit"(which Fruit" (which took considerable balls considering this was way before the CivilRightsMovement), "Summertime" and "Easy Living".
4th May '14 11:20:42 AM MarkLungo
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!! Tropes Found in Billie Holiday's Life and Works:
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!! Tropes Found !!Tropes found in Billie Holiday's Life life and Works: works:

* RapeAsBackstory: By a neighbour at 10 years old
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* RapeAsBackstory: By a neighbour neighbor at 10 years oldold.
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