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Strange Fruit
Billie Holiday
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The first Protest Song, heralding the birth of the Civil Rights movement.
Billie Holiday
Song facts
Composer  Lewis Allan
Genre  Jazz 
Album  Live At the Philharmonic
Year of Release  1939
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Siouxsie Sioux
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Billie Holiday
20%
Josh White
1%
Nina Simone
5%
Siouxsie & The Banshees
12%
Robert Wyatt
1%
Sting
2%
UB40
59%

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