Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Eva Cassidy

Eva Cassidy was a an American singer who was relatively unknown throughout her years as a performer. Posthumously, her career took off when her music received airtime in a British radio station which, in turn, catapulted her name to the forefront of the American jazz/ blues listening audiences. Among her most moving and celebrated interpretations are "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "Fields of Gold", and "People Get Ready", to mention just a few. To the frustration of the record companies, Eva refused to pigeonhole herself and stick exclusively to one music genre. She not only performed jazz and blues songs but she also enjoyed performing country, gospel, and standard pieces.

Tragically, Cassidy died on November 2, 1996 of metastasized skin cancer. Her untimely death makes her music all the more pensive and difficult to listen to. Her last public performance was during a benefit for her at a club called the Bayou where she performed "What a Wonderful World."







11 comments:

Adrienne said...

Well, Holy Cow!!! I'm such a dumb-dumb. Drag my hubby in to hear this and guess what??? He looks down and says "yeah - that's the gal that died so young and is known for her version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Isn't he smart!!????

........and, we HAVE a copy of her CD hidden away in his office. He is digging it out for me.

Tom in Vegas said...

Auntie A-

She had a beautiful voice. When Harold digs out the CD and you get a chance to listen to it, I think you will enjoy it:0)

Adrienne said...

Listened to it all and she is great!!!

Shirley said...

Thanks Tom; I'd never heard of her before and thoroughly enjoyed this. I also played the link to What a Wonderful World.

uncle jim said...

and i admit to not having been familiar with her either.
thanks for sharing her with us.
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Terry Nelson said...

Tom - I never heard of her - she is great.

Uncle Jim - I'm a cunning antagonist too - ain't it fun!

Tracy said...

Wow, I just learned something new.. thanks Tom!

Katie Alender said...

Yes, I love her. Listening to her music is always a bit poignant.

onionboy said...

Fantastic. I'm going looking for more of her music; now.

Tom in Vegas said...

Onionboy-

Welcome to my blog! Yes, Eva did have a beautiful voice.

onionboy said...

And I found a good bit of it online. Lovely. I've been listening to her while making art.