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Best Billie Holiday Quotes

Billie Holiday Quotes About Funny, Death, Childhood, Motivational & Success! Billie Holiday was a famous jazz musician, singer, and songwriter from the United States. On April 7, 1915, Billie Holiday was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On January 5, 1925, a juvenile court ordered Mary to attend a Catholic reform school called ‘The House of the Good Shepherd’ because of her repeated absences from school. Wilbur Rich tried to rape her on December 24, 1926. The ‘House of the Good Shepherd’ took possession of her.

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Kenny Hollan and Billie Holiday began their musical careers in 1929. To begin recording her voice, John Hammond arranged her vocals in November 1933. She and Benny Goodman released two tracks on November 11. “Riffin the Scotch” was an immediate smash and sold over 5,000 copies. She met jazz pianist Count Basie for the first time in 1937 when she was hired to sing in the band of Basie’s wife, Jackie Wilson.

What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” her first album with Teddy Wilson, became a jazz standard. ‘God Bless the Child,’ her 1941 smash single, was a huge success, selling millions of copies worldwide. Billboard named it the third-best song, placing it at No. 25 on the charts and in third place.

Pop hit “Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be),” written primarily for her, is her biggest hit. As a result of various personal troubles, including alcohol and drug abuse and relationship difficulties, she was received for the ‘Grammy Hall of Fame’ towards the conclusion of her career. She passed away on July 17, 1959.

Best Billie Holiday Quotes

1. “Sometimes it’s worse to win a fight than to lose.”– Billie Holiday

2. “I never hurt nobody but myself and that’s nobody’s business but my own.”-Billie Holiday

3. “I’m always making a comeback but nobody ever tells me where I’ve been.”– Billie Holiday

4. “You can’t copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling.”– Billie Holiday

5. “A kiss that is never tasted, is forever and ever wasted.”– Billie Holiday

6. “There’s no damn business like show business – you have to smile to keep from throwing up.”-Billie Holiday

7. “People don’t understand the kind of fight it takes to record what you want to record the way you want to record it.”– Billie Holiday

8. “I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That’s all I know.”– Billie Holiday

9. “Don’t threaten me with love, baby. Let’s just go walking in the rain.”– Billie Holiday

10. “The difficult I will do right now. The impossible will take a little while.”– Billie Holiday

11. “I can’t stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession, let alone two years or ten years. If you can, then it isn’t music, it’s close-order drill or exercise or yodeling or something, not music.”– Billie Holiday

12. “Mom and Pop were just a couple of kids when they got married. He was eighteen, she was sixteen and I was three.”– Billie Holiday

13. “One day a whole damn song fell into place in my head.”– Billie Holiday

14. “I don’t think I missed a single picture Billie Dove ever made. I was crazy for her. I tried to do my hair like her, and eventually, I borrowed her name.”– Billie Holiday

15. “I always knew I could sing because I always did sing. But I never knew I could make any money out of it until I just had to.”– Billie Holiday

16. “No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.”– Billie Holiday

17. “It takes a bad woman to be a good godmother.”– Billie Holiday

18. “You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.”– Billie Holiday

19. “In this country, don’t forget, a habit is no damn private hell. There’s no solitary confinement outside of jail. A habit is hell for those you love. And in this country it’s the worst kind of hell for those who love you.”– Billie Holiday

20. “Love is like a faucet; it turns off and on.”– Billie Holiday

21. “If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.”– Billie Holiday

22. “Somebody once said we never know what is enough until we know what’s more than enough.”– Billie Holiday

23. “You’ve got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body’s sermon on how to behave.”– Billie Holiday

24. “If I don’t have friends, then I isn’t got nothing.”– Billie Holiday

25. “They think they can make fuel from horse manure – now, I don’t know if your car will be able to get 30 miles to the gallon, but it’s sure going to put a stop to siphoning.”– Billie Holiday

26. “I never had a chance to play with dolls like other kids. I started working when I was six years old.”– Billie Holiday

27. “I’ve been told that nobody sings the word “hunger” like I do. Or the word “love.””– Billie Holiday

28. “You can get in just as much trouble by being dumb and innocent as you can by breaking the law.”– Billie Holiday

29. “They forget what it was like in those days. A whorehouse was about the only place where black and white folks could meet in any natural way. They damn well couldn’t rub elbows in the churches.”– Billie Holiday

30. “Money, you got lots of friends. They’re crowding around your door. But when you are gone and spending ends. They don’t come no more.”– Billie Holiday

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