Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit (1939/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:13 minutes | 472 MB | Genre: Jazz
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“Strange Fruit” is a song written and composed by Abel Meeropol and recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939. The lyrics were drawn from a poem by Meeropol published in 1937. The song protests the lynching of Black Americans with lyrics that compare the victims to the fruit of trees. Such lynchings had reached a peak in the Southern United States at the turn of the 20th century, and the great majority of victims were black. The song has been called “a declaration” and “the beginning of the civil rights movement”.
Meeropol set his lyrics to music with his wife and the singer Laura Duncan and performed it as a protest song in New York City venues in the late 1930s, including Madison Square Garden. Holiday’s version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1978. It was also included in the “Songs of the Century” list of the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. The song has been covered by many artists, including Nina Simone, Jeff Buckley, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Robert Wyatt, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Diana Ross recorded the song for her debut film, the Billie Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues (1972), and it was included on the soundtrack album. Andra Day also recorded the song for her award-winning acting debut in the 2021 Billie Holiday biopic The United States vs. Billie Holiday, and it was included in the film’s soundtrack album.
In 2002, “Strange Fruit” was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.
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2. Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit (Remastered)
3. Billie Holiday – The Man I Love (Remastered)
4. Billie Holiday – Billie’s Blues (I Love My Man) (Remastered)
5. Billie Holiday – Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You? (Remastered)
6. Billie Holiday – All Of Me (Remastered)
7. Billie Holiday – The Blues Are Brewin’ (Remastered)
8. Billie Holiday – Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans? (Remastered)
9. Billie Holiday – He’s Funny That Way (Remastered)
10. Billie Holiday – Trav’lin’ Light (Remastered)
11. Billie Holiday – Solitude (Remastered)
12. Billie Holiday – My Man (Mon Homme) (Remastered)
13. Billie Holiday – My Man (Remastered)
14. Billie Holiday – Miss Brown To You (Remastered)
15. Billie Holiday – Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do (Remastered)
16. Billie Holiday – Baby Get Lost (Remastered)
17. Billie Holiday – Keeps On Rainin’ (Remastered)
18. Billie Holiday – Them There Eyes (Remastered)