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Billie Holiday 1915-1959 - Given the title “First Lady of the Blues” she was widely considered to be the greatest and most expressive jazz singer of all time. Despite her early death at 44, her unique voice and style helped define the jazz era. Her vinyl recordings are widely sought after today.

Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit "Strange Fruit" is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who released her first recording of it in 1939, the year she first sang it. Written by the teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem, it exposed American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Such lynchings had occurred chiefly in the South but also in all other regions of the United States. The writer, Abel, set it to music and with singer Laura Duncan, performed it as a protest…