Lester Young was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944, but court-martialed for marijuana use and discharged the next year… Per Stanford’s Riverwalk Jazz series, Billie Holiday “gave Lester the nickname ‘Prez’ after President Franklin Roosevelt, the ‘greatest man around’ in Billie’s mind. Lester in turn gave Billie her famous nickname, ‘Lady Day.'”
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