Billie Holiday http://wrti.org en The Beloved Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song http://wrti.org/post/beloved-ella-fitzgerald-first-lady-song <p></p><p>The great Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25th, 1917, and died in 1996; she would have turned 98 next week. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, "The Queen of Jazz" - also called "The First Lady of Song," left a lasting legacy on American song and jazz.</p><p>http://youtu.be/u2bigf337aU</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:03:57 +0000 Susan Lewis 7188 at http://wrti.org The Beloved Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song Remembering The Sensational Billie Holiday http://wrti.org/post/remembering-sensational-billie-holiday <p></p><p>Jazz great <strong>Billie Holiday,</strong> who died at age 44 in 1959, would have turned 99 on April 7, 2014. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, in her short career, this Philadelphia-born singer made a huge impact on jazz and American song.</p><p>http://youtu.be/4P0hG3sD0-E</p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.solunlimitedjazz.com/" target="_blank"><strong>The Sol Unlimited Jazz and Arts website</strong></a> has more information about Serena Sol Brown's own music as well as Sol Unlimited's summer festival in Philadelphia.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:04:27 +0000 Susan Lewis 7140 at http://wrti.org Remembering The Sensational Billie Holiday The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit' http://wrti.org/post/strange-story-man-behind-strange-fruit One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism. Many people know that the man who wrote the song <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129025516">was inspired by a photograph of a lynching</a>. But they might not realize that he's also tied to another watershed moment in America's history.<p>The man behind "Strange Fruit" is New York City's Abel Meeropol, and he really has two stories. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 12:55:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 4395 at http://wrti.org The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'