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Two years later, at the age of fifteen, Billie was given a job singing at a club. She eventually became one of the most famous nightclub singers in New York City. Then one night, Billie got a lucky break. Music producer John Hammond heard Billie sing. Hammond was one of the most important producers in New York City. He helped start the musical careers of many stars, including Benny Goodman, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.

When Hammond heard Holiday, ...

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