“Gloomy Sunday,” aka The Suicide Song

“Gloomy Sunday,” a song by Hungarian composer Rezso Seress, came to life in the 1930s after his girlfriend died. The song took on a life of its own when it was reported that many people committed suicide thanks to the song’s lyrics. It was later referred to as the “Hungarian Suicide Song” when Seress took his own life in 1968. While the song reminded Seress of his fallen love, it was a hit with many others, including Billie Holiday, who recorded her own version in 1941. You can listen to Holiday’s version above.

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