300: The number of copies Holiday’s first hit song, Your Mothers Son-In-Law, sold. It wasn’t long after this hit, she produced Riffin’ the Scotch which did far better, selling around 5,000 copies.
Gardenias: Something Holiday wore in her hair. According to Carmen McRae, friend and American jazz singer, Holiday burned her hair once with curling tongs just before she had to go on stage. So, Carmen went out to buy some flowers to put them on Billie’s head to cover up her lost hair. Thankfully there was a flower girl at the entry of the club selling gardenias.
Arrested: This is what happened to Holiday while she was on her deathbed for illegal possession of heroin. In 1959, Billie was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and was admitted at the New York Metropolitan Hospital for heart and liver disease. She died at the age of 44.
The Notebook: In The Notebook during 1940, Allie and Noah listen to Billie Holiday’s I’ll Be Seeing You despite the fact it wasn’t recorded until 1944.
Are your employees feeling jazzed or razzed in their work environment?