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November 30, 2019

Lovely Pics of Billie Holiday With Her Dog Mister in 1949

African American jazz singer Billie Holiday who had a career spanning nearly thirty years was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills. Her hit "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" became a jazz standard.

Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Holiday had mainstream success on labels such as Columbia and Decca. By the late 1940s, however, she was beset with legal troubles and drug abuse. After a short prison sentence, she performed at a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall, but her reputation deteriorated because of her drug and alcohol problems.

Her final album, Lady in Satin, was released in 1958. Holiday died of cirrhosis in 1959 at the age of 44.

Holiday won four Grammy Awards, all of them posthumously, for Best Historical Album. She was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1973. In 2017 Holiday was inducted into the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.

These lovely pics of Billie Holiday were photographed by Carl Van Vechten with her dog Mister in 1949.


  1. Thank you for posting. I've seen photos of Billie with Mister, but never these. She looks so warm and in love...Mister used to wait in the dressing room while she performed...

  2. Thank you for sharing these. It really made my day. And thank you for your immortal soul, Billie! We love you deeply.

  3. No, Doubt all images are good and very classy. If you have anymore like this beautiful picture so share more here because I want to see more. I saved this all images.

  4. Beautiful memories. More people need to see this.

  5. Why are so many talented performers (many of them of color) awarded recognition posthumously?

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