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Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" paints an unflinching picture of racial violence; recorded with a small label, it became an unexpected hit. But singing it brought serious consequences for Lady Day, including from government actors.

I could read a couple hundred pages of Miles Davis on Billie Holiday.

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📻 Now on @BBCSounds : Revisit our concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of jazz icon Billie Holiday, with conductor @mikedixonmusic  🎶 👉

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Billie Holiday fingía que no le afectaba lo que cantaba. La escuchamos en #SoloJazz  🎼Body and soul de Green/Heyman 🎼My man / What a little moonlight can do de Yvain/Pollock/Woods 🎼Tribute for Lady Day de Tyner 🔊

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Rarely seen color photographs of Jack Kerouac, by Burt Goldblatt, designer of many influential jazz album covers by Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus, and others. Circa 1959.

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Lady sings the blues, She tells her side, nothing to hide. - Billie Holiday ?️? Born#OnThisDay , the jazz legend inspired millions with her voice & persistence in the face discrimination. #RIP 

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Universal Music Group estimated the loss at about 500,000 song titles. The lost works most likely included masters in the Decca Records collection by Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Judy Garland.

NASA's solar-powered Opportunity Mars rover was built to operate for just 90 days but kept going for 15 years. The last message it sent was, "My battery is low and it's getting dark." NASA sent recovery commands along with one last song: Billie Holiday's "I'll Be Seeing You."

Billie Holiday, a singer beyond our understanding, was born 100 years ago today.

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Billie Holiday was born 100 years ago on April 7. Fans and artists celebrate #BillieAt100 :

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Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, 1947

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