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Bettye LaVette


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Michael Dorf's The Music of....
1 I Hold No Grudge (Nina Simone)  
2 One More Song (Sharon Robinson)  
3 Blues For the Weepers (Della Reese)  
4 Book Of Lies (Ruth Brown)  
5 Romance In The Dark (Lil Green)  
6 Drinking Again (Dinah Washington)  
7 Strange Fruit (Billie Holiday)  
8 Save Your Love For Me (Nancy Wilson)  
9 Blackbird (The Beatles)  
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Blues Hall of Famer Bettye LaVette has decided to release her stirring rendition of "Strange Fruit" ahead of schedule as it says as much about the history of American racism and the state of the country today.  "Strange Fruit" was originally recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939 and written by Jewish teacher Abel Meeropol who wrote the song based on a photo of two black men who were lynched as a crowd of white people looked in the camera pointing and smiling. LaVette's version will be featured on her album, "Blackbirds" (Verve) set for release August 28. 

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