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Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit


by Billie Holiday


Billie Holiday

Performer of the most famous version of "Strange Fruit," Billie Holiday is considered one of the best jazz singers ever.

The lynched bodies of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith

This image is, in the lore of "Strange Fruit," said to have inspired Meeropol to write the song.

Abel Meeropol

The Jewish schoolteacher teacher and left-wing activist from the Bronx who, as "Lewis Allan," wrote literally thousands of songs, including "Strange Fruit."

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