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  • "Strange Fruit" recording session with Billie Holiday (April 20, 1939)

    "Strange Fruit" recording session with Billie Holiday (April 20, 1939)

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The Film

Radio stations banned it, but when Billie Holiday sang "Strange Fruit" the whole world listened anyway. Sprung from the pen of a Bronx schoolteacher, the hit continues to mesmerize musicians and civil rights advocates alike with its chilling vision of a lynching. Strange Fruit shows how a little-known Jewish songwriter and an African American icon created a song that changed America.

The Filmmaker

  1. Joel KatzProducer