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Sunday Sounds – Eva Cassidy

The voice of Eva Cassidy is ideal for a lazy laid back Sunday morning.

I am sure everyone will know that Eva was an American vocalist known for her interpretations of jazz, blues, folk, gospel, country and pop classics.

In 1992 she released her first album, The Other Side, a set of duets with go-go musician Chuck Brown, followed by a live solo album, Live at Blues Alley in 1996.

Although she had been honored by the Washington Area Music Association, she was virtually unknown outside her native Washington, D.C. when she died of melanoma in 1996.

Four years later, Cassidy’s music was brought to the attention of British audiences when her version of “Over the Rainbow” was played by Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2.

Following the overwhelming response, a camcorder recording of “Over the Rainbow”, taken at the Blues Alley, was shown on BBC Two’s Top of the Pops 2.

Shortly afterwards, the compilation album Songbird climbed to the top of the UK Albums Charts, almost three years after its initial release.

The chart success in the United Kingdom and Ireland led to increased recognition worldwide; as of 2008 her posthumously released recordings, including three UK #1s, have sold around eight million copies. Her music has also charted top 10 positions in Australia, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland.

Many of these recordings were over dubbed and enhanced, however, her new release “Simply Eva” strips back her songs to just guitar and vocal which is probably  just the way she would have liked it.

Here she is with THE Sandy Denny classic.

“Who Knows Where The Time Goes” – Eva Cassidy

To buy the music of Eva Cassidy click HERE


March 20, 2011 - Posted by | Blast from The Past, New Music, New Releases, Video |

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