Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Billie Holliday (for Holiday)

Yesterday's typo featured Judy Holliday, who chose to spell her stage name like that in order not to be confused with the great torch singer Billie Holiday, whom she idolized. But, despite Holliday's best intentions, she apparently couldn't prevent—and may even have thereby added to—the confusion. Billie Holliday appears 19 times in OhioLINK (and Judy Holiday once). This could be owing to the fact that there are about a hundred times as many records involving Billie Holiday as Judy Holliday, combined with a tendency for those double "l"s in the singer's first name to consequently crop up again in the last. (Portrait of the artist as a young girl named Eleanora, whose childhood was no holiday, from Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

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