Lady Day will soon be walking down the City of Brotherly Love, as Billie Holiday is the latest inductee of The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame. Today marks the 100th anniversary of her birth in Philadelphia General Hospital
Billie Holiday’s pure emotion and soul are beautifully rendered on such classics as “Strange Front” and “I Cover The Waterfront,” and any kind of honor bestowed on the artist is surely welcome – especially from where it all began.
“The Philadelphia Music Alliance wanted to present what we think is a ‘perfect’ birthday gift to an extraordinary vocalist, Billie Holiday, and announce her induction on her 100th birthday,” said Alan Rubens, Chairman of the Philadelphia Music Alliance. “It will be an absolute pleasure to be able to walk down Broad Street and see her name where it rightfully belongs, on the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame, with other homegrown jazz giants like John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, and Grover Washington Jr.”
In late May, the Philadelphia Music Alliance will announce the rest of their 2015 inductees to the Walk of Fame.