Released Lady In Satin, the final album released during her lifetime.
Released signature song "God Bless the Child"
Released controversial single "Strange Fruit"
Released first single, "Riffin' the Scotch"
Father was also a jazz musician, though he had no role in raising her.
First heard the records of Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong while working a job running errands in a brothel at age 12.
Took her stage name from actress Billie Dove.
Was given her nickname "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young.
Released several early songs under the name "Teddy Wilson & his Orchestra."
Holiday's latter-day performances, in which her once-beautiful voice is ravaged by years of hard living, are considered by many to be some of the most raw and personal jazz vocal sides ever recorded.