My Personal Top 10 Female Singers – No 7

…in no particular order & with my favorite recording…

Number Seven: Billie Holiday

How one song she sang embodied racial crimes in America: “Strange Fruit”.

BHBillie Holiday performs at the Downbeat club in New York, 1947 – Photograph by William Gottlieb

Billie Holiday hardly needs introducing and I want to concentrate on one song in particular: “Strange Fruit” (click on link to see rare live performance). Her haunting voice sets the tone and serves as a powerful tool of protest and accusation.

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