Strange fruit written and performed by Billie Holiday is one of those songs that linger in your mind and soul long after listening to the music. Billie sings the song with a tremendous amount of emotion. The lyrics are about the hanging of African American’s in the South, during this very sad time, in United States history. Strange Fruit is from 1939.

Billie Holiday’s voice is crisp and the lyrics radiate throughout the entire song. Listening to Strange Fruit will lift the hair on your arms. I prefer to play the cd in a totally dark room.

This 10 CD box set offers a complete representation of Billie Holiday’s music. Highly recommended!

The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve, 1945-1959