Written by teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem and published init protested American racismparticularly 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.
InHoliday's version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. His protest song gained a certain success in and around New York. The lyrics are under copyright but have been republished in full in an academic journal, with permission. She said that singing it made her fearful of retaliation but, because its imagery reminded her of her father, she continued to sing the piece, making it a regular part of her live performances.
Holiday approached her recording label, Columbia, about the song, but the company feared reaction by record retailers in the Southas well as negative reaction from affiliates of its co-owned radio network, CBS. Holiday sang "Strange Fruit" for him a cappellaand moved him to tears. Columbia gave La Géographie - Les Frères Ennemis - Les Frères Ennemis a one-session release from her contract so she could record it; Frankie Newton 's eight-piece Cafe Society Band was used for the session.
Because Gabler worried the song was too short, he asked pianist Sonny White to improvise an introduction. On the recording, Holiday starts singing after 70 seconds. Holiday recorded two major Shes Funny That Way - Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit of the song at Commodore, one in and one in The song was highly regarded; the recording eventually sold a million copies,  in time becoming Holiday's biggest-selling recording.
In her autobiography, Lady Sings the BluesHoliday suggested that she, together with Meeropol, her accompanist Sonny White, and arranger Danny Mendelsohn, set the poem to music. The writers David Margolick and Hilton Als dismissed that claim in their work Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Songwriting that hers was "an account that may set a record for most misinformation per column inch".
When challenged, Holiday—whose autobiography Shes Funny That Way - Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit been ghostwritten by William Dufty —claimed, "I ain't never read that book.
Billie Holiday was so well known for her rendition of "Strange Fruit" that "she crafted a relationship to the song that would make them inseparable". Billie Holiday's version of the song was included in the National Recording Registry on January 27, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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