Billie Holiday's most iconic song: 'God Bless the Child' or 'Strange Fruit'? | The Tylt
Legendary singer Billie Holiday was born on April 7, 1915, and fans are celebrating Lady Day's 102nd birthday. Lady Day pioneered both jazz and blues music, and recorded numerous albums and hit singles in her day. "God Bless the Child" or "Strange Fruit" are among her most recognizable hits, but which song is her most iconic? 🎤
Billie Holiday's most iconic song: 'God Bless the Child' or 'Strange Fruit'?
"God Bless the Child" is inspired by an argument that Billie had with her mother over money. According to Billie's autobiography, her mother said "God bless the child that's got his own," and Lady Day later used that line in her hit song. "God Bless the Child" has been covered and referenced in pop culture dozens of times, including in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-winning "Schindler's List." More recognizable versions of the song were covered by the likes of Diana Ross and Tony Bennett decades later.
Listen to Holiday's "God Bless the Child" below.
"Strange Fruit" is one of the most important songs recorded ever. It was originally a poem by Abel Meeropol, penned in protest to Jim Crow era racism in America and the lynching of African Americans. Although Billie struggled to find a producer to record the song, "Strange Fruit" later became one of the greatest songs to ever address social injustice—advocating against the horrors of racism many Blacks faced in America every day.
Watch one of Lady Day's heartfelt performances of "Strange Fruit" below.