1. EagleAye says:

    Oh yes, Billie Holliday was one of the greats. Her life was a sad story and gives a lot of meaning behind the song, “God Bless The Child.” She had good reason to sing the blues so well.

    1. I could tell a lot about her life from photos. I found three sets of photos of her, including performances, from 3 different time periods. In each, she was wearing the same dress with a huge bow.

      Sometimes, it’s not about money.

  2. Chris Bronsk says:

    Lady Day, irreplaceable. Love those first two lines (and the whole poem).

    1. Thank you, Chris. She was a wonderfully, unique talent. I wish life weren’t so hard, but then I guess her talent wouldn’t have been the same if that were true.

      1. throughhisown says:

        Agreed! The first two lines say it all. Bit jealous you thought of them before me!

  3. AirportsMadeSimple says:

    A true Great. I think this is the outfit she wore for the 1947 Down Beat mag article, no?

    The best.

    I also love Etta James (may she RIP). But I’m not “music smart” per se, I just know what I like. 🙂 Maybe a little clichĂ©d for a white girl?! 🙂

    Here you go re: Etta James (not that you need help finding this):

    The REAL thing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-cbOl96RFM (Again, the BEST)

    BeyoncĂ©’s version (I typically don’t like it when stars do this, but it’s ok. Still not as good, but better than some. The best part is the very end-the respect-when she talks to Etta.):

    Cheers, D

    1. I think so. I also found a couple other instances where she wore this dress, even though she seemed to have aged in the interim.

      Etta was a unique talent. Beyoncé wishes she was a force of nature like Etta.

      1. AirportsMadeSimple says:

        You got that right.

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