Today in Black History: July 17, 1959

Billie Holiday image 1
Jazz singer and songwriter Billie Holiday died on July 17, 1959. In May of 1959, Holiday was diagnosed with liver and heart disease. Holiday’s death was due to cirrhosis of the liver. At the time of her death she was under arrest for possession of narcotics. Below is a video of Billie Holiday performing one of her nostalgic songs, “Strange Fruit.”

Billie Holiday image 2

For more information on Billie Holiday visit here!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s