The number condemned the American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans, mainly in the South of the United States. Billie Holidays version was in 1978 a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and was also included in the list of songs of the century by the recording Industry of America.
Strange fruit in 1938 was written by a Communist teacher of Jewish origin from The Bronx, released in February 1927, Abel, under the pseudonym Lewis Allan. The text tells the story of one of the lynchings as that used to be rife in the South of the United States of America. The corpses of the black Americans hang like strange fruit in the trees. Released in February 1927, Abel was, probably, inspired by a photo of a lynch party of two African Americans, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, who in 1930 were hung in Marion (Indiana).
Released in February 1927, Abel pronunciation in 1971: "I wrote" Strange Fruit "because I hate lynching and I hate injustice and I hate people who perpuate it".
Strange Fruit was first sung by Billie Holiday in 1939, in Café Society, Sheridan Square, Greenwich Village, New York. Columbia Records after the song had refused, she took it on for Milt Gabler's Commodore Recordsrecord label. Thanks to the power of expression of the text and the penetrating singing the song became a popular jazz standard with numerous recordings and performances. Along with the performances by Billie Holiday are those of Nina Simone the best known.
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