Lewis Allan

Real Name:
Abel Meeropol
Profile:
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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Instruments & Performance

WNYC - FM Lewis Allan - The Consul: Magda’s Aria To This We’ve Come - The Music Of My Ansonia Volume One Remembering September 11th album art 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

Writing & Arrangement

526 Lewis Allan - Strange Fruit / Fine And Mellow album art 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
10-1227 Lewis Allan - Because / The House I Live In album art Lauritz Melchior The House I Live In Lauritz Melchior - Because / The House I Live In(Shellac, 10") RCA Victor Red Seal 10-1227 US 1942 Sell This Version
36886 Lewis Allan - The House I Live In / America, The Beautiful album art 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
15013 Lewis Allan - The House I Live In / The Whiffenpoof Song album art 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
A-447 Lewis Allan - Ballads And Blues album art Josh White Strange Fruit Josh White - Ballads And Blues(4xShellac, 10", Album) Decca A-447 US 1946 Sell This Version
K-132 Lewis Allan - Americana album art 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
10084 Lewis Allan - I Come From Missouri / When Your Hair Has Turned To Silver album art 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
5009 Lewis Allan - A Kiss And A Rose / It's A Cold Summer album art 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
05221 Lewis Allan - Apples, Peaches And Cherries / The Night Holds No Fear album art Peggy Lee Apples, Peaches, And Cherries Peggy Lee - Apples, Peaches And Cherries / The Night Holds No Fear Decca 05221 UK 1953 Sell This Version
DL 5539 Lewis Allan - Peggy -- Songs In An Intimate Style album art 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
LL 1341, LL.1341, LL-1341 Lewis Allan - A Josh White Program album art 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 1954 Sell This Version
FL 20,006 Lewis Allan - Volume 2 album art Billie Holiday Strange Fruit Billie Holiday - Volume 2(10", Comp, Mono) Commodore FL 20,006 US 1954 Sell This Version
45-1578 Lewis Allan - Apples, Peaches And Cherries / Words Of Love album art 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
LN 3294 Lewis Allan - You'll Never Walk Alone album art 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
LPM-1083 Lewis Allan - Caribbean Nights album art Diane Adrian Diane Adrian - Caribbean Nights(LP, Mono) RCA Victor LPM-1083 US 1955 Sell This Version
KEP-018 Lewis Allan - Frankie Carle And His Girl Friends album art Frankie Carle Mexicali Rose Frankie Carle - Frankie Carle And His Girl Friends(7", EP, Mono) Coronet (2) KEP-018 US 1956 Sell This Version
MG C-721 Lewis Allan - Lady Sings The Blues album art Billie Holiday Strange Fruit (as Allan) Billie Holiday - Lady Sings The Blues (Album) Clef Records MG C-721 Norway 1956 Sell This Version
KEP 320 Lewis Allan - At Jazz At The Philharmonic album art Billie Holiday Strange Fruit (as Allan) Billie Holiday - At Jazz At The Philharmonic (EP) Karusell KEP 320 Sweden 1956 Sell This Version
33C 9023 Lewis Allan - At Jazz At The Philharmonic album art Billie Holiday Strange Fruit (as Allan) Billie Holiday - At Jazz At The Philharmonic (Album, Comp) Columbia 33C 9023 UK 1956 Sell This Version
BME 9216 Lewis Allan - Ballads And Blues Vol. 2 album art Josh White Strange Fruit (as Allan) Josh White - Ballads And Blues Vol. 2 (EP) Decca BME 9216 Sweden 1957 Sell This Version
7106, PRLP 7106 Lewis Allan - For Lady album art Webster Young Strange Fruit Webster Young - For Lady (Album) Prestige, Prestige 7106, PRLP 7106 US 1957 Sell This Version
KLP 583, KLP - 583 Lewis Allan - Paul Robeson Favourites album art Paul Robeson The House I Live In (as Allan) Paul Robeson - Paul Robeson Favourites (Album) Coronet (2), Coronet (2) KLP 583, KLP - 583 Australia 1957 Sell This Version
CAL 424 Lewis Allan - The Lighter Side Of Lauritz Melchior album art Lauritz Melchior Lauritz Melchior - The Lighter Side Of Lauritz Melchior(LP, Album) RCA Camden CAL 424 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
C2L 6, C2L-6 Lewis Allan - The Frank Sinatra Story In Music album art Frank Sinatra The House I Live In (as L. Allan) Frank Sinatra - The Frank Sinatra Story In Music (Comp) Columbia, Columbia C2L 6, C2L-6 US 1958 Sell This Version