Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Billie Holiday: Strange Fruit - on Atlantic Records...

Billie Holiday: Strange Fruit...this is not an original pressing.  Billie Holiday lived from April 1915 to July 17, 1959.   Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Harris, she was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing.  Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.  Critic John Bush wrote that Holiday "changed the art of American pop vocals forever."  She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards, notably "God Bless the Child", "Don't Explain", "Fine and Mellow", and "Lady Sings the Blues."  She also became famous for singing "Easy Living", "Good Morning Heartache", and "Strange Fruit", a protest song which became one of her standards and was made famous with her 1939 recording.   The original album called Strange Fruit (and song by that name) came out in 1939, on the Commodore label.  The one above I own is a compilation record on Atlantic.

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