Billie Holiday was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 7, 1915.
Her real name was Eleanora Harris.
She taught herself to sing during her early teens
and began performing as a featured soloist with many jazz bands.
She is regarded as one of the greatest jazz singers of all time.
In 1941 she wrote the song "God Bless the Child."
Her nickname was "Lady Day."
soft as rain,
filled with promise,
filled with pain,
tamed the night
and blessed the child.
Them that's got shall get.
Them that's not shall lose.
So the Bible said
and it still is news.
Mama may have,
Papa may have,
but God bless the child that's got his own,
that's got his own.