Billie Holiday's song about racist lynchings redefined popular music. Her later performances of Strange Fruit could be agonising to watch. . cooling the temperature of the most overheated image: "the stench of burning . food · recipes · health & fitness · love & sex · family · women · home & garden. Edwin Moore: Made famous by Billie Holiday, Abel Meeropol's lyrics offer a powerful plea It is a common, yet incorrect, assumption Billie Holiday wrote the song Strange Fruit. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images . food · recipes · health & fitness · love & sex · family · women · home & garden. Image caption A photographer captured Billie Holiday singing Strange Fruit as First recorded in , the protest song Strange Fruit came to.