NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The Apollo Theater is planning events to commemorate the 100th birthday of blues singer Billie Holiday.
The legendary American jazz vocalist was born on April 7, 1915, in Philadelphia and died in 1959 in New York City at age 44.
Holiday performed at least two dozen times at the Apollo. She will be inducted into its Walk of Fame on April 6.
The theater also is collaborating with Absolutely Live Entertainment and Sony’s Legacy Recordings on other events.
She’s also releasing a new album “Coming Forth by Day.” It includes original interpretations of 11 recorded Holiday songs.
Holiday’s autobiography was made into a 1972 film “Lady Sings the Blues.”
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