Eleanora Fagan, renowned by her professional name Billie Holiday, was an American singer and songwriter, who is known as one of the best exponents of jazz music in the 20th century. According to most scholars of music, Holiday remains one of the most important influences in the history of not only jazz but also pop music. The fact that she never received any formal training in music makes her achievements even more staggering. Holiday initially sung at a club located in the Harlem area of New York and before long she attracted the attention of recording companies. One of her most famous songs is the duet ‘What a Little Moonlight Can Do’, which is regarded by many to be the gold standard as far as jazz is concerned. In addition to recordings, she continued to perform live in packed arenas. Although she struggled in the latter part of her career due to a range of personal issues starting from alcohol and drug dependence to relationship issues, she remains an icon and was inducted into the ‘Grammy Hall of Fame’. We bring to you a collection of quotes and sayings by the celebrated artist known for her improvisational skills and vocal delivery. Let us browse through some of the inspiring quotations and thoughts by Billie Holiday who never sang a song in the same way twice.
In this country, don't forget, a habit is no damn private hell. There's no solitary confinement outside of jail. A habit is hell for those you love. And in this country it's the worst kind of hell for those who love you.
I think I copied my style from Louis Armstrong. Because I used to like the big volume and the big sound that Bessie Smith got when she sang ... So I liked the feeling that Louis got and I wanted the big volume that Bessie Smith got. But I found that it didn't work with me, because I didn't have a big voice. So anyway between the two of them I sorta got Billie Holiday.