Café Society Boogie Woogies, New York 1940s
Restaurateur Barney Josephson owned the trailblazing Cafe Society in Greenwich Village - the interracial nightclub where black and white musicians performed for mixed audiences from 1938 to 1948 at 2 Sheridan Square in New York's Greenwich Village. "The wrong place for the right people" the nightclub was also the scene of Billie Holiday’s first public performance of Strange Fruit, the haunting protest song about black lynchings in the South. Politically astute and an ardent supporter of civil rights, Josephson instructed the great jazz singer to sing the iconic song at the end of her set - and not to return for encores- so his clients would leave with the terrible words ringing in their ears.
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