Lewis Allan

Real Name:
Abel Meeropol
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Abel Meeropol (born 10 February 1903, New York; died 30 October 1986, Longmeadow, Mass) was a Jewish-American poet and writer, who worked under the pseudonym Lewis Allan, which was derived from the names given to his two stillborn sons. He worked as a secondary school teacher until the 1940s. He was a member of the Communist Party, although (the timing/motive is unclear - somewhere between the increasing awareness of Soviet mass murders, or expedience to avoid being blacklisted) he later left. In 1954, he adopted the sons of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who had been executed in 1953 after passing atomic secrets to Soviet Union (other sources give 1957, which may just be the date of the formal legal adoption).

He is most famous for writing the anti-lynching poem "Bitter Fruit", published in 1937, which was later set to music as "Strange Fruit". The song was made famous by Billie Holiday, unfortunately resulting in a 25-year struggle to reclaim its authorship. It was later recorded by UB40. His other best-known songs are "The House That I Live In" (performed by Frank Sinatra) and "Apples, Peaches and Cherries". The latter song became famous in France in its translation by Sacha Distel under the title "Scoubidou".
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WNYC - FM The Consul: Magda’s Aria To This We’ve Come - The Music Of My Ansonia Volume One Remembering September 11th — Lewis Allan Gian Carlo Menotti, Alexandra Yu The Consul: Magda’s Aria To This We’ve Come Gian Carlo Menotti, Alexandra Yu - The Consul: Magda’s Aria To This We’ve Come - The Music Of My Ansonia Volume One Remembering September 11th(CD, MiniAlbum) Disc Makers WNYC - FM US Unknown Sell This Version
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Writing & Arrangement

526 Strange Fruit / Fine And Mellow — Lewis Allan Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra Strange Fruit (as Lewis-Allan) Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra - Strange Fruit / Fine And Mellow (Single) Commodore 526 US 1939 Sell This Version
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36886 The House I Live In / America, The Beautiful — Lewis Allan Frank Sinatra / Frank Sinatra With The Ken Lane Singers* The House I Live In (as Allan) Frank Sinatra / Frank Sinatra With The Ken Lane Singers* - The House I Live In / America, The Beautiful(Shellac, 10") Columbia 36886 US 1945 Sell This Version
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15013 The House I Live In / The Whiffenpoof Song — Lewis Allan Monica Lewis With Ray Bloch His Orchestra And Choir* The House I Live In (as Allan) Monica Lewis With Ray Bloch His Orchestra And Choir* - The House I Live In / The Whiffenpoof Song Signature (4) 15013 US 1946 Sell This Version
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A-447 Ballads And Blues — Lewis Allan Josh White Strange Fruit Josh White - Ballads And Blues(4xShellac, 10", Album) Decca A-447 US 1946 Sell This Version
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K-132 Americana — Lewis Allan Earl Robinson The House I Live In (as Allen) Earl Robinson - Americana(3xShellac, 10", Album) Keynote Recordings (2) K-132 US 1947 Sell This Version
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10084 I Come From Missouri / When Your Hair Has Turned To Silver — Lewis Allan Denver Darling With The Ozark Playboys* I Come From Missouri (as Allan) Denver Darling With The Ozark Playboys* - I Come From Missouri / When Your Hair Has Turned To Silver(Shellac, 10") MGM Records 10084 US 1947 Sell This Version
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5009 A Kiss And A Rose / It's A Cold Summer — Lewis Allan The Orioles It's A Cold Summer (as Allan) The Orioles - A Kiss And A Rose / It's A Cold Summer(10") Jubilee 5009 US 1949 Sell This Version
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9073 Ricky's Blues / The House I Live In — Lewis Allan The Ravens (2) The House I Live In (That's America To Me) (as Allan) The Ravens (2) - Ricky's Blues / The House I Live In(Shellac, 10") National Records (2) 9073 US 1949 Sell This Version
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05221 Apples, Peaches And Cherries / The Night Holds No Fear — Lewis Allan Peggy Lee Apples, Peaches, And Cherries Peggy Lee - Apples, Peaches And Cherries / The Night Holds No Fear Decca 05221 UK 1953 Sell This Version
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FL 20,006 Volume Two — Lewis Allan Billie Holiday Strange Fruit Billie Holiday - Volume Two(10", Album, Comp, Mono) Commodore FL 20,006 US 1954 Sell This Version
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DL 5539 Peggy -- Songs In An Intimate Style — Lewis Allan Peggy Lee Apples, Peaches and Cherries (as Lew Allan) Peggy Lee - Peggy -- Songs In An Intimate Style (Album, EP) Decca DL 5539 US 1954 Sell This Version
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45-1578 Apples, Peaches And Cherries / Words Of Love — Lewis Allan Lys Assia And The Johnston Brothers* Apples, Peaches And Cherries Lys Assia And The Johnston Brothers* - Apples, Peaches And Cherries / Words Of Love London Records 45-1578 US 1955 Sell This Version
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LN 3294 You'll Never Walk Alone — Lewis Allan Roy Hamilton (5) The House I Live In (as L. Allan) Roy Hamilton (5) - You'll Never Walk Alone (Album) Epic LN 3294 US 1955 Sell This Version
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LL 1341, LL.1341, LL-1341 A Josh White Program — Lewis Allan Josh White Apple, Peaches And Cherries Josh White - A Josh White Program(LP, Album, Comp) London Records, London Records, London Records LL 1341, LL.1341, LL-1341 US 1955 Sell This Version
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LPM-1083 Caribbean Nights — Lewis Allan Diane Adrian Diane Adrian - Caribbean Nights(LP, Mono) RCA Victor LPM-1083 US 1955 Sell This Version
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KEP-018 Frankie Carle And His Girl Friends — Lewis Allan Frankie Carle Mexicali Rose Frankie Carle - Frankie Carle And His Girl Friends(7", EP, Mono) Coronet (2) KEP-018 US 1956 Sell This Version
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MG V-8099 Lady Sings The Blues — Lewis Allan Billie Holiday Strange Fruit (as Allan) Billie Holiday - Lady Sings The Blues (Album) Clef Records MG V-8099 US 1956 Sell This Version
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KEP 320 At Jazz At The Philharmonic — Lewis Allan Billie Holiday Strange Fruit (as Allan) Billie Holiday - At Jazz At The Philharmonic (EP) Karusell KEP 320 Sweden 1956 Sell This Version
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33C 9023 At Jazz At The Philharmonic — Lewis Allan Billie Holiday Strange Fruit (as Allan) Billie Holiday - At Jazz At The Philharmonic (Album, Comp) Columbia 33C 9023 UK 1956 Sell This Version
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BME 9216 Ballads And Blues Vol. 2 — Lewis Allan Josh White Strange Fruit (as Allan) Josh White - Ballads And Blues Vol. 2 (EP) Decca BME 9216 Sweden 1957 Sell This Version
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7106, PRLP 7106 For Lady — Lewis Allan Webster Young Strange Fruit Webster Young - For Lady (Album) Prestige, Prestige 7106, PRLP 7106 US 1957 Sell This Version
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KLP 583, KLP - 583 Spirituals - A Robeson Recital Of Popular Favorites — Lewis Allan Paul Robeson The House I Live In (as Allan) Paul Robeson - Spirituals - A Robeson Recital Of Popular Favorites (Comp, Album) Coronet (2), Coronet (2) KLP 583, KLP - 583 Australia 1957 Sell This Version
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CAL 424 The Lighter Side Of Lauritz Melchior — Lewis Allan Lauritz Melchior Lauritz Melchior - The Lighter Side Of Lauritz Melchior(LP, Album) RCA Camden CAL 424 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
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C2L-6 The Frank Sinatra Story — Lewis Allan Frank Sinatra The House I Live In (as L. Allan) Frank Sinatra - The Frank Sinatra Story (Comp) Columbia C2L-6 US 1958 Sell This Version