No music to listen to today, just some interesting advertisements I found online in the Baltimore Afro-American...
...and that's just scratching the surface. There are hundreds of record ads, personal appearance plugs, pictures, and articles out there.
Then I spotted this sad news item:
...it was buried under a large (unrelated) picture on the front page of the 1 January 1927 issue.
I was shocked...the name "Eleanora Gough" (misspelled on the article) was familiar...and this website explains why http://www.victoriansecrets.net/billiebalto.html . There's even a picture of 219 South Durham Street as it appears today.
I can't add any comment here...it's just sad that the first real newspaper article about Billie Holiday has to be something this awful.
I'll have something more cheerful next time around.
PS. I suppose I should mention this website http://www.accuracyproject.org/cbe-Holiday,Billie.html, which gives the actual information from Billie's birth certificate...she was born "Elinore Harris," although some early documents give other spellings of her first name. "Fagan" was the maiden name of Sadie (Billie's mother), which explains why I usually found that name in Billie's biographies, although "Gough" was in some listings)...Philip Gough married Sadie five years after Billie's birth.