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Song 16 – Strange Fruit

SONG: Strange Fruit ARTIST: Billie Holiday YEAR: 1939 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Strange Fruit originated in 1937 as a poem by Abel Meeropol, who wrote the words after seeing a photograph of the lynchings of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana in 1930.  He originally called the work “Bitter Fruit” andContinue reading “Song 16 – Strange Fruit”

Song 14 – Cross Road Blues

SONG: Cross Road Blues ARTIST: Robert Johnson YEAR: 1936 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Cross Road Blues or Crossroads was written by blues artist Robert Johnson in 1936.  The song was the result of a 3rd recording session, recorded in a hotel with a portable disc cutting machine.  Two similar versions of the songContinue reading “Song 14 – Cross Road Blues”

Song 12 – Hula Girl

SONG: Hula Girl ARTIST: Sol Hoopii YEAR: 1934 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: There’s not a lot of information on the song itself, other than it was recorded in 1934 by Hawaiian Sol Ho’opii.  There was a big Hawaiian craze in America starting in 1915 when slack key guitar players and grass-skirted hula dancersContinue reading “Song 12 – Hula Girl”

Song 11 – Mal hombre

SONG: Mal Hombre ARTIST: Lydia Mendoza YEAR: 1934 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: This song is not of Mexican descent, even though it was made popular by a singer who celebrated and was celebrated for her own Mexicanness. Lydia Mendoza’s core repertoire was all traditional Mexican songs, but the song that made her famous,Continue reading “Song 11 – Mal hombre”

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