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Billie Holiday Quotes from the Woman Who Changed Jazz

Take a look at the Billie Holiday quotes to learn more about the famous Jazz singer!

Billie Holiday is a famous American jazz and swing singer known for changing jazz music through vocal delivery and skill.

She cut her first record at the age of 18, but her music career started long before that.

Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan in 1915.

Her mother was an unwed teenager, which contributed to a difficult childhood for Eleanora.

However, she began singing as a young teenager in Harlem nightclubs.

This is where she was eventually discovered by John Hammond, who signed her to a recording contract in 1935.

She experienced commercial success throughout the 1930s and 40s.

However, at that time, she began to have problems with drug abuse and legal issues, which led to her serving a short prison term.

Eventually, in the 1950s, she performed again with success.

Check out the Billie Holiday quotes to learn more about this amazing woman.

Billie Holiday Quotes On Being Yourself

You can’t live someone else’s life. You have to know yourself and be yourself as evidenced by the quotes below.

1. “If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.” – Billie Holiday

2. “If I don’t have friends than I ain’t got nothing.” – Billie Holiday

3. “You can’t copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling.” – Billie Holiday

4. “I always knew I could sing because I always did sing. But I never knew I could make any money out of it until I just had to.” – Billie Holiday

5. “Don’t threaten me with love, baby. Let’s just go walking in the rain.” – Billie Holiday

6. “One day a whole damn song fell into place in my head.” – Billie Holiday

7. “You can get in just as much

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