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20/04/1939 Billie Holiday records the first civil rights song "Strange Fruit"

Eleanora Fagan, alias Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Strange Fruit is a song which was first sang and recorded in 1939. Written by teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem and published in 1937, it protested American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans.