BILLIE HOLIDAY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 350505
Sale Price $3,825.00
Striking vintage photograph of the legendary singer.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Junior/stay cool/Billie Holiday". B/w, 8x10. Photo by Robin Canon. Official publicity photo by Associated Booking Corp., New York. Exceptional jazz singer of the depression and war years, Billie Holiday (1915-1959) inscribed this photo (circa 1940s) with the jazz expression, "Stay cool". Holiday was anything but - she was hot! From the time she made her first recordings with Benny Goodman in 1933, Holiday's popularity rose rapidly. There followed her most productive years with Count Basie's band and Artie Shaw's band. Jazz saxophonist Lester Young dubbed her "Lady Day", a nickname that remained lifelong. In spite of a narcotic addiction, her style was inimitable and her fans loyal; following rehabilitation in 1947, Holiday performed her torchy ballads to a "standing room" audience in New York's Carnegie Hall (1948). Known for songs such as "My Man" and "Mean to Me", Holiday told of her turbulent life and career in her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues (1956). Creased. Lightly soiled. Mounting stains at corners, 1 affects a ½x1½ inch area at lower right of photo. Another touches a ½-inch circular area at upper right of photo. Tack holes at corners. Adequate contrast of Billie. Framed to an overall size of 14½ x 23.
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