Billie Holiday–“Strange Fruit”

This song, based on a poem by Abel Meeropool, became one of Holiday’s signature pieces despite the subject matter (lynchings in the American South) being so serious that Columbia records refused to record it.  She first performed the song at “New York’s only truly integrated nightclub” The Cafe Society in Greenwich village.

Sources:

David Margolick’s book “Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, The Cafe Society, and an Early Cry for Civil Rights” http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/m/margolick-fruit.html

http://www.pbs.org/jazz/biography/artist_id_holiday_billie.htm

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