Beautiful vintage glossy 7.75 x 9.5 Associated Booking Corp. publicity photo of Holiday, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “For Jack, Thanks for loving me. Stay as fine as you are. Lady Day, Billie Holiday.” In very good condition, with horizontal crazing and light creases to surface, a small tape-repaired tear to right side, and slightly trimmed edges. Her friend and musical partner Lester Young originally gave her the nickname ‘Lady Day,’ which she happily adopted and even recorded under—she used the pseudonym to record the song ‘Trav'lin' Light’ for Capitol Records in 1942, attempting to sidestep her exclusive contract with Columbia. Signed photos of Holiday are rare and represent one of the most sought after autographs in jazz collecting—this is a particularly appealing example. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
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