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Billie Holiday
1955

"...absolutely valueless to the box office."
So wrote Frank Shiffman, owner and manager of the world-famous Apollo Theatre, on this index card about American jazz singer Billie Holiday's September 16, 1955, appearance at the New York City theatre. By this time, Holiday was well past her prime. "Very indifferent lackadasical [sic] performance," concluded Shiffman--though, he added, "she was not troublesome as when under the influence of stimulants."

Notes
Born Eleanora Fagan, Billie Holiday (1915-1959) was affectionately known as "Lady Day."
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