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Billie Holiday

Posted in St. Raymond's Cemetery with tags on March 15, 2013 by Cade

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April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959

A revolutionary Jazz vocalist known to many as “Lady Day,” Billie Holiday had no equal.  Her life was filled with hardship and drama from the beginning:

Underage prostitution? Check.
Drugs and alcohol? Check.
Abusive relationships? Check.
Married to a mafia enforcer? Check.
Arrested in a drug raid of her hospital room as she lay dying? Check.

She crammed a lot of life, both good and bad, into 44 brief years.

Luckily for Billie, and us, history has a way of forgetting such details – or, at the very least, forgiving them – in exchange for that voice.  That incomparable, tragic and beautiful voice.

Burial

St. Raymond’s Cemetery – Bronx, NY

Specific Location

St. Paul Section, Range 56, Plot 29; Every 15th row is marked, so count to row 56 and count 29 spaces from the road.

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