Billie Holiday Candid Portrait in Studio, 1957
After 16 years recording for other labels, Billie Holiday returned to Columbia Records in late 1957 to create one of her last studio masterpieces, the "Lady In Satin" album. Featuring arrangements by renowned bandleader Ray Ellis, "Lady In Satin" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000. Nearing the end of her turbulent emotional life and career, Billie Holiday took "Lady In Satin" into a realm of raw emotional truth unprecedented in jazz or popular music. The unvarnished soul of Lady Day is captured verbatim in this iconic candid portrait taken in the recording studio by Don Hunstein in December, 1957.