Billie Holiday Discography
|Date:||Monday, May 15, 1939|
|Location:||Probably New York City|
|Band:||Probably Sonny White on Piano|
|Remarks:||According to the New York Times: "Billie Holiday is heard, accompanied only by a piano, singing a rubato version of her anti-lynching anthem, 'Strange Fruit,' barely a month after her original recording was released."|
|Note:||From the Savory Collection, featuring rare live sets by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Coleman Hawkins, to go on display at US National Jazz Museum.
Quote from the New York Times: "The record is more like a dance tempo, whereas this version is how she would have done it in clubs,” Mr. Schoenberg, a saxophonist and pianist who is also the author of “The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Jazz,” said of the live Holiday recording. “You have the most inane scripted introduction ever, but then Billie comes in, and she drives a stake right through your heart."|