Contributor biographical information for God bless the child / words and music by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr. ; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.


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Billie Holiday is one of the most famous jazz singers of all time. She was born Eleanora Fagan Gough in 1915 in Baltimore, Maryland, but changed her name to Billie after her favorite film star, Billie Dove, and Holiday, which was her father's last name. As a child and in the beginning stages of her career, she endured many hardships but made her first recording in 1933 at the age of eighteen. She quickly rose to stardom, and six years later she introduced the world to two of her best-known songs: "Strange Fruit" and "God Bless the Child." Billie Holiday's star burned brightly, but too briefly. She died in New York City at the age of forty-four.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Children's songs -- United States -- Texts.
Spirituals (Songs)
Songs.