Image caption A photographer captured Billie Holiday singing Strange Fruit as she recorded the song in First recorded in , the. Strange fruit is a song performed most famously by billie holiday who first sang and recorded it in written by teacher abel meeropol as a poem and. "Southern trees bear a strange fruit, blood on the leaves and blood at the root " Billie Holiday's famous song expresses the terror and anguish. No The song made Billie Holiday a star, but did so much more – telling of the horrors of lynchings in the deep biosphaere.infog: breakfast. Breakfast Dance and Barbecue. Blue Note. Strange Fruit. Jazz World. Count Basie Orchestra Featuring Billie Holiday: At the Savoy Ballroom. Grammercy. The first time I heard Billie Holiday's rendition of "Strange Fruit" I was confused. What was she could she be NO! and then the awful.