Many people will know Billie Holiday's chilling performance of the song "Strange Fruit," one of the great American songs of the 20th century and a strident, poetic protest of racism. Our friend Marc Meyers over at JazzWax runs a feature today that takes a look at the 1945 dramatic production of the same name -- although the author of the book and the play claimed no inspirational connection between the story and the song. Check out the blog entry at JazzWax. One of Billie Holiday's performances of the song is below.
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