(1915 - 1959) U.S.A.
Stage name of Eleanor Gough McKay, jazz singer also known as "Lady Day". She made her debut in Harlem clubs, and was famous for the depth of feeling she conveyed with the swing style.
Although not a blues singer as such, she brought an individual blues sound to everything she sang. Acknowledged as the supreme jazz singer of her day, her intensely personal style of dicton and phrasing has never been matched.
Addicted to drugs, she died of their effects. She published her autobiography Lady Sings the Blues (1956).