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  posted on 1/2/2004 at 04:14 AM


Well, on ABC's Nightline last night they replayed their great story on singer Eva Cassidy. I wish I knew they were going to do it beforehand because I would have warned you all.You folks in the Washington DC area may have heard of her as she was a DC area local, but she was not world famous until a couple of years after she unfortunately died of cancer in 1996. What an angelic voice. As I see it only Emmylou's would match up to her. Eva did not want to be famous and backed off of a lot of opportunities, but luckily a few albums survive. After she died somehow an album of hers made it into the hands of a BBC radio employee in England. They played it on the air and the reaction was huge and immediate. Her albums have sold in the millions over there. That got the attention of folks back over here, although DC area folks knew about her all along.


Bruce Lundvall, head of Blue Note records, was interviewed and he told of being blown away with her voice but he did not sign her because she would only sing songs that spoke to her in a heartfelt way. He couldn't talk her into doing a strictly jazz album. A few months later word got out that she had cancer and had but a few weeks to live. After Bruce had listened to more of her stuff he called her house near the end and apologized to her for not singing her saying it was the major mistake of his A&R career.

Anyway, look her up, buy a CD. She was an amazing talent.

Audio clips;

www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?PID=1187964&frm=sh_google

BBC radio piece on her;
http://www.radio-quality.co.uk/eva_cassidy.htm

NPR piece;
http://www.npr.org/ramfiles/me/20001220.me.05.ram


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  posted on 1/2/2004 at 09:20 AM
When I was in college, a few people used to mention her name as we were in the Baltimore area. I know she "made it" big in Europe before The States, but that kinda thing happens often. She really could sing, & had a tremendous way of phrasing with a sense of dynamics. Not much recorded of her, but she did have a live recording that is a good place to start.

 

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  posted on 1/2/2004 at 12:16 PM
She was incredible ...

I love the Live at Blues Alley record .....

 

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  posted on 1/2/2004 at 02:05 PM
Somewhere sometime there was a thread about biggest waste of talent or whatever, and I think I might've written "Eva Cassidy", but I might've balked- I remember writing the post, but not if I submitted it....who cares. Cancer sucks. We have several of her albums and they roll often here. The only singer who could cover a Christine McVie tune and do it better. IMO.
 

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  posted on 1/2/2004 at 02:23 PM
I have about all of her releases but Live at Blues Alley has to be my fav...she just had one of those voices...

 

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  posted on 1/2/2004 at 03:00 PM
Al, how did you come across her?? Curious. BBC??

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  posted on 1/4/2004 at 10:24 AM
She is awesome. Great Sunday morning music--Over the rainbow is awesome. Its a shame what happened, her voice was amazing.
 

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  posted on 1/4/2004 at 11:20 AM
Bridge Over Troubled Water....... I've never heard it sung more beautifully.

Live At Blues Alley is my favorite as well.

 

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  posted on 1/4/2004 at 03:26 PM
Yup....we sort of live in the DC area....my wife is a pretty big fan, but that didn't happen until after Eva passed away.

I'm not sure where Jen first heard about Eva Cassidy, but Jen seems to discover most of the great female artisits out family ends up listening to...

 

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  posted on 1/4/2004 at 11:14 PM
"Fields of Gold" by Eva Cassady. Definately worth a listen. Mary Black reminds me a lot of Eva Cassady. Very pure vocal talents.

 

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  posted on 1/5/2004 at 04:56 PM
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Al, how did you come across her?? Curious. BBC??

Derek


Wife had a CD when we got together. She's not home now but I'll ask........

 

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  posted on 5/19/2006 at 08:53 PM
Here are some wonderful Eva Cassidy video clips.

Eva singing Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready,"
http://youtube.com/watch?v=BL1xArF_mDQ&search=Eva%20cassidy

"You've Changed,"
http://youtube.com/watch?v=a7yWFy3t2XQ&search=Eva%20cassidy

"Cheek to Cheek,"
http://youtube.com/watch?v=P0rQXex9POQ&search=Eva%20cassidy

"Autumn Leaves,"
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Br1Lo8JJX1w&search=Eva%20cassidy

"Honeysuckle Rose,"
http://youtube.com/watch?v=EHQkc6VIKpg&search=Eva%20cassidy

"Tall Trees In Georgia,"
http://youtube.com/watch?v=WkRk3vYMLM8&search=Eva%20cassidy


Finally, I know that you have heard these next two songs a million times sung a million different ways. But if Eva's versions of "What A Wonderful World" and "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" don't get you, you ain't human.

"What A Wonderful World,"
http://youtube.com/watch?v=t_MaoqaC708&search=Eva%20cassidy

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow,"
http://youtube.com/watch?v=heQXh7xoG84&search=Eva%20cassidy




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  posted on 5/19/2006 at 09:25 PM
Derek,

I think the replay you referred to was my introduction to her.

The replay I saw was near the end of the year, and they said they replayed it because it was the one segment from that year that they got the most feedback on. I had never heard of her, but that 20 minute segment just blew my away.

Later that night I ordered "Songbird" and "Live at Blues Alley" from Amazon.com. She very quickly became one of my favorite female singers. An awesome singer, very soulful.

I remember the president of the jazz Blue Note record company saying that he made a MAJOR mistake in passing on her because she didnt want to do jazz exclusively, because...as he said...she was a big time talent.

A very sad story regarding her dying so young, but I sure am glad I was tuned in that night.

And her version of "Over the Rainbow" is nothing short of amazing.

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  posted on 5/19/2006 at 09:42 PM
Well gee thanks for making me cry, Derek!

Eva's voice was truly nothing short of amazing, indeed. As Nick pointed out in previous posts when this thread was first initiated, not only did she have remarkable phrasing, I've never heard anyone have such control over their dynamic. However, her voice came from her soul, even though she did covers, she gave each song a personalization was completely signature Eva Cassidy. She felt these songs.

 

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  posted on 5/19/2006 at 09:54 PM
The producer over in England heard her 1st and was stunned. So he gave a copy of Eva singing "Over the Rainbow" to the DJ on that huge radio program over there. The DJ said "Ok, will get to it eventually". The producer said "No, you really need to play it right away"

So the DJ played it, without having ever heard it. When it was over the DJ just said simply "Thats the most amazing thing I have ever heard", as the switchboard was exploding with people wanting to know who that was.

A very unique talent, and I am just so glad for the recordings that were made before her passing.

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  posted on 5/20/2006 at 08:36 AM
Welp, ya hooked me. I just bought one of her cd's on Amazon.
 
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  posted on 5/20/2006 at 09:04 AM
My cousin turned me onto Eva about four years ago. In my opinion she's the best. It's a shame she didn't get discovered by those outside the DC area until after her death. Maybe she's up there with brother Duane and Berry doing Stormy Monday.

 

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  posted on 5/22/2006 at 10:48 PM
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Derek,

I think the replay you referred to was my introduction to her.

The replay I saw was near the end of the year, and they said they replayed it because it was the one segment from that year that they got the most feedback on. I had never heard of her, but that 20 minute segment just blew my away.




D28, I saw that replay as well. I believe it was on a holiday night and George Stephanopolis was hosting for Teddy K.

What bums me out is that I had my father and four aunts and uncles as well as my cousins living in DC at the time and we would seek out the music there from Georgetown to 16th and K, but somehow Eva eluded me. I was heavy into go-go at the time and she did an album with the godfather of go-go Chuck "I Feel Like Bustin' Loose" Brown and I still missed the boat on her. I wouldn't have enjoyed watching her lose her battle, however. At least she made the albums that she did.

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