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Billie Holiday

1915 - 1959

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Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan; April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz and swing music singer. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner, Lester Young, Holiday had an innovative influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Billie Holiday has received more than 12,839,914 page views. Her biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Billie Holiday is the 48th most popular singer (up from 70th in 2019), the 297th most popular biography from United States (up from 532nd in 2019) and the 19th most popular American Singer.

Billie Holiday was a jazz singer who is most famous for her songs "God Bless the Child" and "Strange Fruit."

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  • 72

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.24

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.26

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, Billie Holiday ranks 48 out of 3,528Before her are Joe Dassin, Mireille Mathieu, Nina Simone, Toto Cutugno, Albano Carrisi, and Constanze Mozart. After her are Joe Cocker, José Carreras, Celine Dion, Ella Fitzgerald, George Michael, and Phil Collins.

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Among people born in 1915, Billie Holiday ranks 13Before her are Vasily Zaitsev, Moshe Dayan, David Rockefeller, Orson Welles, Paul Samuelson, and Eli Wallach. After her are Arthur Miller, Jerome Bruner, Stanley Matthews, Yitzhak Shamir, Joachim Peiper, and Paul Tibbets. Among people deceased in 1959, Billie Holiday ranks 7Before her are Stepan Bandera, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ante Pavelić, Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, George Marshall, and Raymond Chandler. After her are Owen Willans Richardson, Gérard Philipe, Boris Vian, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Camilo Cienfuegos, and Adolf Windaus.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Billie Holiday ranks 297 out of 18,182Before her are Raymond Chandler (1888), Gloria Stuart (1910), Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), Edward Hopper (1882), Georgia O'Keeffe (1887), and Eli Wallach (1915). After her are Lawrence Kohlberg (1927), Jack Kerouac (1922), Ezra Pound (1885), Audie Murphy (1925), Martin Sheen (1940), and Fred Astaire (1899).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Billie Holiday ranks 19Before her are Whitney Houston (1963), Barry White (1944), James Brown (1933), Patti Smith (1946), Joe Dassin (1938), and Nina Simone (1933). After her are Ella Fitzgerald (1917), 50 Cent (1975), Jennifer Lopez (1969), Kurt Cobain (1967), Sarah Vaughan (1924), and Stevie Wonder (1950).

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