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Today’s Soul Birthdays – April 7
Billie Holiday – American jazz and swing music singer. Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and music partner, Lester Young, Holiday had an innovative influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.
Ron “Have Mercy” Kersey – American keyboardist, songwriter, producer and arranger most known for writing the music to “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps. Kersey was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Freddie Hubbard – American jazz trumpeter.