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Billie Holiday’s grave

We mentioned Billie Holiday‘s drug abuse and death in the previous post. The singer died broke – 70 cents in the bank, to be exact. Looks like an ex-husband paid in advance for this grave. I’m not sure of the details.

Any Billie Holiday scholars out there?

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5 thoughts on “Billie Holiday’s grave

  1. Kevin Croitz on said:

    From what I know most of her ex’s were scum bags, the neighboorhood, a group of adoring fans, or her musician friends probably bought it for her, I’m not sure. Towards the end she was a wreck, made Amy Winehouse look like Doris Day.

  2. I don’t know who paid for the headstone. She may have bought it herself when her mother died. I do know that her troubled childhood contributed to her destructive lifestyle and her death at age 44. My new book, Becoming Billie Holiday, chronicles her Baltimore beginnings and her rise to Harlem royalty, culminating with the recording of Strange Fruit.

  3. Cilista Johnson on said:

    She died of a heroine overdose. Her close friends and neighbors paid for a simple funeral and placed her in an unmarked grave. A year after her death Downbeat magazine did an article about how Louis McKay (her husband at the time) had not put up a grave marker. They attempted to hold a fundraiser to have one put up themselves, but McKay refused and eventually put this one up. The origional however had the date of her death wrong. An indignity and an insult. even if it was only off by two days.

  4. jrmoon on said:

    Voice of a star

  5. jrmoon on said:

    So it shall be not of the dead but of the living that speaks

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