The Secret Jewish Musical History Of… ‘Black Sabbath’?
What do Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Johnny Mathis and Nina Simone all have in common? Besides stellar voices, they were among many black American artists who sang Jewish songs. This rarely told American story is chronicled on a new compilation called Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations, which uses music to connect these two seemingly disparate groups.
Simone’s version of the biblically based “Eretz Zavat Chalav,” in particular, spurred on Idelsohn Society for Music Preservation member Josh Kun to compile Black Sabbath.
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