“You can’t copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.”

“Love is like a faucet: it turns on and off.”

“You can be up to your boobies in
white satin, with gardenias in your hair
and no sugar cane for miles, but you
can still be working on a plantation.”

“You can get in just as much trouble by being dumb and innocent as you can by breaking the law.”

born Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia, PA

Billie_Holiday_and_Mister,_New_York,_N.Y.,_ca._June_1946_(William_P._Gottlieb_04271)New York City, June 1946
Photo: William Gottlieb


billie_Two-Years-OldBillie at 2 years old


billie_louis_jazzreflectionsBillie and Louis
courtesy of Jazz Reflections


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