NEW YORK (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 17, 1915, and died in 1959 at the age of 44.
Holiday performed at least two dozen times at the Apollo. She will be inducted into its Walk of Fame on April 16.
The theater also is collaborating with Absolutely Live Entertainment and Sony’s Legacy Recordings on other events.
Two-time Grammy winner Cassandra Wilson will give a special Apollo concert in honor of Holiday on April 10.
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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