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7-year-old gives soulful rendition of Billie Holiday's 'Gloomy Sunday'

March 11 (UPI) -- A 7-year-old girl belted out Billie Holiday's "Gloomy Sunday" on the show "Norway's Got Talent" and amazed viewers with her beautiful, soulful rendition.
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Audra McDonald to play Billie Holiday on Broadway

Audra McDonald to play Billie Holiday on Broadway

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Five-time Tony-winner Audra McDonald is to play jazz great Billie Holiday in the Broadway premiere of Lanie Robertson's "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill."

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Students tested on Winehouse lyrics

Students tested on Winehouse lyrics

CAMBRIDGE, England, May 28 (UPI) -- Students taking the Practical Criticism class at Cambridge University in England compared Amy Winehouse's lyrics to Sir Walter Raleigh's poetry for an exam.

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Singer Ruby Glover dead at 77

BALTIMORE, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Famed local vocalist Ruby Glover died a day after collapsing onstage during a benefit performance in East Baltimore, the Baltimore Sun said Monday. She was 77.

Jazz great Etta James hospitalized

LOS ANGELES, July 26 (UPI) -- Jazz and R&B singer Etta James was in stable condition in a Los Angeles hospital due to complications from abdominal surgery she underwent in June.

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PHILADELPHIA, April 25 (UPI) -- James Davis, founding member and patriarch of the world-renown gospel group, the Dixie Hummingbirds, has died in Philadelphia at the age of 90. Davis, who died April 17, was the Hummingbirds leader from the group's inception in 1928 until he retired in 19
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Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan, 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.

Critic John Bush wrote that Holiday "changed the art of American pop vocals forever." She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards, notably "God Bless the Child," "Don't Explain," "Fine and Mellow," and "Lady Sings the Blues." She also became famous for singing "Easy Living," "Good Morning Heartache," and "Strange Fruit", a protest song which became one of her standards and was made famous with her 1939 recording.

Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Sarah Julia "Sadie" Fagan (née Harris). Her father, Clarence Halliday (Holiday), a musician, did not marry or live with her mother. Her mother had moved to Philadelphia when thirteen, after being ejected from her parents' home in Sandtown-Winchester, Baltimore for becoming pregnant. With no support from her own parents, Holiday's mother arranged for the young Holiday to stay with her older married half sister, Eva Miller, who lived in Baltimore.

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