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Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit (Reissue)

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"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. The great majority of victims were black. The song's lyrics are an extended metaphor linking a tree’s fruit with lynching victims. Meeropol set it to music and, with his wife and the singer Laura Duncan, performed it as a protest song in New York City venues in the late 1930s, including Madison Square Garden.

The song continues to be covered by numerous artists, including Nina Simone, UB40, Jeff Buckley, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Robert Wyatt and Dee Dee Bridgewater and has inspired novels, other poems, and other creative works. In 1978, Holiday's version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. It was also dubbed "a declaration of war ... the beginning of the civil rights movement".

Release info

Label: DOL DOL765MB
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Reissue
Country: Europe
Released: 2016
Genre: Jazz
Style: Swing

Tracklist

A1 I'll Get By
A2 My Old Flame
A3 Embraceable You
A4 (Billie's Blues) I Love My Man
A5 I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
A6 I Cover The Waterfront
A7 (I Got A Man Crazy For Me) He's Funny That Way
A8 Yesterdays
B1 Strange Fruit
B2 On The Sunny Side Of The Street
B3 I'm Yours
B4 Fine And Mellow
B5 Lover Come Back To Me
B6 I'll Be Seeing You
B7 As Time Goes By
B8 How Am I To Know

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