David Bowie, 1976
Elvis Presley photographed by Ed Braslaff at the Knickerbocker Hotel, 1956
Billie Holiday at record producer Harry Lim’s jam session, photographed by Life photographer Charles Peterson, c. 1939
Other musicians in attendance include Duke Ellington, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Johnny Hodgers, J.C. Higginbotham, Hot Lips Page and Chu Berry among others.
Billie Holiday at the Newport Jazz Festival, c. 1957
Nina Simone performing at the Harlem Cultural Festival (1969)
Debbie Harry photographed at home by Mick Rock
Original Caption: Lady Day slaying your faves, as usual, in an appearance at the L’Olympia in Paris, c. 1958
"Minnie" shadow dancing during Cab Calloway and his Orchestra’s performance of Minnie the Moocher. The scene is from 1955 concert film Rhythm and Blues Revue.
Sex Pistols in front of a tour bus, 1978
The Queens, c. 1950
"Once, when we were playing at the Apollo, Holiday was working a block away at the Harlem Opera House. Some of us went over between shows to catch her, and afterwards we went backstage. I did something then, and I still don’t know if it was the right thing to do - I asked her for her autograph."