Tuesday, December 9

"Strange Fruit" - Billie Holiday (1939)

Wikipedia - "'Strange Fruit' is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Written by teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem and published in 1937, it protested American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Such lynchings had reached a peak in the South at the turn of the century, but continued there and in other regions of the United States. Meeropol set it to music and, with his wife and the singer Laura Duncan, performed it as a protest song in New York venues in the late 1930s, including Madison Square Garden."
NPR: The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit' (Video)
NY Times: Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday, Café Society, and an Early Cry for Civil Rights
YouTube: "Strange Fruit"

2010 April: Billie Holiday, 2013 May: Duke Ellington’s Symphony in Black, Starring a 19-Year-old Billie Holiday

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