Daily Fresh “Classic”…Lorraine Glover by William Claxton

Written by on March 28, 2011

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  1. crownpropeller   On   July 14, 2011 at 7:06 am

    No, no, no. This is not Billie Holiday. This is Lorraine Glover, wife of hard bop trumpet star Donald Byrd. Photograph was taken by famed jazz photographer William Claxton in 1960 – when Billie Holiday was already dead. This beautiful photo keeps popping up on the internet with the wrong caption. And by the way: It’s not Valaida Snow either!

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    • I.B. Edubl   On   July 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm

      Thank you very much for the correction. I had my doubts initially but found the picture credited several more times as Billie Holiday. There aren’t many pictures of Lorraine Glover that pop up on a general search. Even after including the photographer’s name I only found the picture properly credited 2 other times. UML will make it a third! It’s a beautiful piece.

    • Jessica   On   July 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Haha I had my doubts to…but it was such a nice picture that I just had it put on my 26th birthday cake on july 9th,..and my postings on facebook all accredited to Billie! hahah.. And even my whole family/friends I told it was billie…but it don’t matter much because it’s such a beautiful picture and it is representing that musical era….It’s all what the mind believes! There I was jumping around at my 26th birthday last week thinking billie was adorning my cake…playing her music! having conversations about her with jazz know how people..people not believing it was her…had never seen such a great
      pic! hahahah! To me….it’s just billie holiday dressed up as lorraine glover….

      Thanks for your correction and info!

  2. Dr. Cannon   On   August 15, 2011 at 12:15 am

    You’re both wrong. I know the Blackbyrd and his wife very well. The lady in the picture holding Dr. Byrd’s trumpet is his wife, but her name is Yourna. I spoke with her 3 days ago, and she is still strikingly beautiful! She remembers taking the photo. I’m puzzled as to why the photographer William Claxton credited the young lady in the picture as Lorraine Glover.

    • Third Coda   On   December 3, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      No idea if Dr. Cannon is set to get notified of replies, but I hope so: We need your help. I have found newspaper archives from 1955 stating in print the fact that Donald Byrd, the jazz trumpeter, married a woman named Lorraine Glover in October of 1955. One notes that they returned from their honeymoon and that she was studying classical piano. This photo was taken in 1960. Do you know whether Yourna may have also gone by Lorraine? Can you solve this mystery?

  3. 'Anna   On   September 5, 2011 at 12:20 am

    This is the greatest thing I have ever seen in me fookin’ life! Bloody hell, what an incredible image. Knocked me sideways fer a moment it did. Aye, mad props to findin’ this lil’ gem indeed. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever had such a hard time tryin’ to control the expletives wishin’ to come out of me mouth! lol

    Oh, and to Jessica’s – ‘To me….it’s just billie holiday dressed up as lorraine glover…’ <- lol, aye, yer a funny one.

  4. Traci   On   April 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Thank you! I just saw this photograph on another site listed as Billie Holiday, and I was convinced that it couldn’t be her.

    • I.B.Edubl   On   April 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      No problem! I had the same issue when I found the photo. Though it was a fantastic photo…I had my doubts. It tokk a couple of months but I found the correct name, thanks for the visit!

  5. Anonymous   On   May 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    This is NOT! My mother! Get your facts straight. Do your research. This woman is not and could not ever be Lorraine Glover!

  6. Ray Hunter   On   July 13, 2013 at 9:11 am

    This is not Billie Holliday, as someone above said this is a shot from lat 50’s early 60’s so No way could this be Billie, the ravages of life had well taken a hold and she died in 59.

  7. castor   On   July 20, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    This is NOT billie, this is Lorraine Glover, wife of famous hardbop trumpet player Donald Byrd. Billie really doesn’t look like her!!!!

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