In 1939 Time magazine denounced Billie Holiday’s recording of “Strange Fruit” as a “prime piece of musical propaganda.” In 1999 Time named “Strange Fruit” the song of the century.
Billie Holiday and her beloved dog Mister at Club Downbeat in New York City, circa (Photo: William Gottlieb, Gottlieb Collection)
Billie Holiday, d’Orly airport, Paris, 1958 Jean-Pierre Leloir
Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan Gough, April 1915 – July was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed Lady Day, Holiday was a seminal influence on jazz and pop.