On this day in 1907, Billie Pierce was born Wilhelmina Goodson in Marianna, Florida. The Goodson name was made famous by then-Billie Goodson and her seven piano-playing sisters in Gulf Coast cities and towns. As Billie Goodson, she played jazz piano with some of the most famous musicians and singers of the Jazz Age, including Bessie Smith. By the mid-1930s, she met and married trumpeter De De Pierce and together they became the house band for Luthjen’s Dance Hall and a regular act in the renowned Preservation Hall in New Orleans. Pierce continued to play a vibrant part in the New Orleans jazz and blues scene until her death in 1974.
Happy Birthday, Billie!