I’m gonna tell everybody in your neighbourhood,
That you a sweet little girl,
But you don’t mean me no good.
But someday, baby,
You ain’t gonna trouble poor me, anymore.
75 years ago, on this date, Billie Holiday recorded a song that Time Magazine would call song of the century: Strange Fruit, a song written about a lynching in the South.
Holiday first performed the song at Cafe Society in 1939. She said that singing it made her fearful of retaliation but, because its imagery reminded her of her father, she continued to sing the piece making it a regular part of her live performances. Because of the poignancy of the song, Josephson drew up some rules: Holiday would close with it; the waiters would stop all service in advance; the room would be in darkness except for a spotlight on Holiday’s face; and there would be no encore. During the musical introduction, Holiday would stand with her eyes closed, as if she were evoking a prayer.
Joe Henderson—“Out of the Night”
Page One (Blue Note 1963).
Stevie Ray Vaughan Live in Nashville 1987
Jimi Hendrix - Angel (Acoustic)
(CLOUDY WAS THE WEATHER 7) A later (but still wonderful) version of “Gaudete”, the first of Steeleye’s two “hit” singles.
(CLOUDY WAS THE WEATHER 6) The 0riginal Chrysalis Records promo video for Steeleye’s 1975 hit “All Around My Hat”. For the first “hit”, see 7.
Stevie Ray Vaughan you’re absolutely perfect