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  posted on 11/2/2007 at 05:33 PM
Eva Marie Cassidy (February 2, 1963 in Washington, DC – November 2, 1996 in Bowie, Maryland) was an American vocalist described by the British newspaper The Guardian as "one of the greatest voices of her generation." She had a diverse repertoire of jazz, blues, folk, gospel and pop. Cassidy remained virtually unknown outside of her native Washington, DC, when she died of melanoma (which had spread to her bones) in 1996. Her posthumously released recordings have since sold in excess of four million copies, and in early 2001 the compilation album Songbird reached #1 on the UK album charts.

Everytime I listen to "Over the Rainbow" a tear comes to my eye. I don't think I have ever heard a female vocalist that compares to her. She was truly amazing. May her spirit live on.

 

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  posted on 11/2/2007 at 06:44 PM
What a fantastic voice she had.

Her version of Christine McVie's "Songbird" and Sting's "Fields Of Gold" surpass the originals by far.

If I'm not mistaken, Michelle Kwan used the latter song for one of her Olympic skating routines.

 
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  posted on 11/2/2007 at 08:29 PM
I picked up one of her Cd's from the library. There was a tune on it about a "gas station mountain home." It was one of the most beautifully depressing songs that I've heard in a while.

 

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  posted on 11/2/2007 at 08:38 PM
When I heard her CD for the first time I was truly sad that such a beautiful voice had been silenced.
 

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  posted on 11/3/2007 at 12:00 AM
There was a a DVD vine on the vine site,The Eva Cassidy Story, that IMO was selfishly shut down by the viner that started it! I was lucky to have rcvd a copy before the door shut. I'm re-seeding the vine in spite of the vine-killer that stopped it.

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[Edited on 11/3/2007 by TanDan]

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  posted on 11/3/2007 at 02:27 AM
TanDan,

Is it the TV broadcast that one of the networks aired nationally a few years ago? If so, I already have it. If its something else I'd love to get a copy, but I have no idea what "vines" or "seeding" means. The only thing I've ever done is B&P's since my Windows Media Player puts 2 second gaps and people dont like that.

Here is something for anyone who isnt aware of this amazing talent who left us much too early...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUwTdqPkluY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd9pWLrjyUg

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  posted on 11/3/2007 at 10:39 AM
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What a fantastic voice she had.

Her version of Christine McVie's "Songbird" and Sting's "Fields Of Gold" surpass the originals by far.

If I'm not mistaken, Michelle Kwan used the latter song for one of her Olympic skating routines.


The Olympics is the first time I heard of her. Here's the story and it's a bit poignant. Michelle Kwan was really expected to win the gold, but she didn't. She still skated to Fields of Gold during the exhibition performance after the medals were handed out.

I think Eva's version is so gorgeous. And the Over the Rainbow as well. Just two of those songs I like to hear again the second they end.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2007 at 12:37 PM
As with many, the Nightline show on Eva is what first blew my mind, as D28 pointed out. It is a three parter on Youtube, and is what you are looking for if you want to get hip to the story of Eva, her incredible voice, and how a fluke playing of one of her songs on the BBC radio in England led to her popularity after her untimely death. This is what I show people first, and then they go from there. It'll get ya'! Three parts,


Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd9pWLrjyUg

Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6EelwKYLEU

Part 3- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWbTi66Fvj0

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  posted on 11/3/2007 at 12:41 PM
Yes, it is the Nightline special with some other concert footage.

 

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There was a a DVD vine on the vine site,The Eva Cassidy Story, that IMO was selfishly shut down by the viner that started it! I was lucky to have rcvd a copy before the door shut. I'm re-seeding the vine in spite of the vine-killer that stopped it.

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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 01:08 PM
Eva Cassidy has the voice of an angel. God rest her soul.

 

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  posted on 11/10/2007 at 07:23 PM
I have watched all of the videos of Eva Cassidy on this thread, and all I can say is what a crying shame that she left this world way too soon, and (selfishly) before I ever could hear her perform in person. "Over the Rainbow" is one of the most beautiful songs I ever heard, and her version has made me cry each time I have listened to it on here. Tender, heartfelt, and pure - for whoever posted this to begin with, I cannot say thank you enough. Does anyone know if her CDs are available any longer, or is there a chance of buying one?
Willie Howard (from Mayberryetta, a suburb of Hot'lanta)

 

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I have watched all of the videos of Eva Cassidy on this thread, and all I can say is what a crying shame that she left this world way too soon, and (selfishly) before I ever could hear her perform in person. "Over the Rainbow" is one of the most beautiful songs I ever heard, and her version has made me cry each time I have listened to it on here. Tender, heartfelt, and pure - for whoever posted this to begin with, I cannot say thank you enough. Does anyone know if her CDs are available any longer, or is there a chance of buying one?
Willie Howard (from Mayberryetta, a suburb of Hot'lanta)



Brother Bill, yes, her albums are available. I came to her the same way. Now and again, a musician slips under the radar and surprises you. Eva lived in Washington DC, and from the early 1908's on I would travel to DC to see my three aunts, two uncles, and a whole bunch of cousins who lived there. As always, I followed the music, tapping into the DC punk scene as well as the local-driven Go-Go music groove with bands like Trouble Funk, Junkyard Band, and Chuck Brown. I have many Chuck Brown records, going back to his 70's Funk hit "Bustin' Loose." Eva Cassady recorded a live album with Chuck Brown, yet I never noticed it. I have scratched my head thinking about that fact. As Bill has alluded to, I am sure that there were nights in DC when I read her name in the entertainment listings, yet it didn't ring a bell, and I never went to see her live. Heck, she might have been one club over, but..........


Then, a couple of years ago, I happened to be watching Nightline and there she was, and I was blown away. It was a relevatory moment for me, and thank God for them. How did I miss her? I don't know. But, she was rediscovered in England on the BBC, and that led to the piece on Nightline, and the rest is history. Just like Van Gogh, her biggest success came after she had left this world. Before her time was up, however, people did let her know that her, and her music, was special, as that last benefit/tribute concert proved. It was just on a smaller scale than what was to come.

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  posted on 11/11/2007 at 07:11 PM
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  posted on 11/11/2007 at 07:37 PM
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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 04:43 AM
Willie,

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My goodness yes. Just go to Amazon.com and you can find them all. I would highly recommend the 2 that I have..."Songbird" and "Live at Blues Alley"

I agree with you, her version of Over the Rainbow is just stunning. Its just grabs you and wont let go. I think what makes it even more gripping is that she passed away not long after that. Hearing her sing those particular lyrics...its almost as if she knew.

I love her attitude about her music. It reminds me of the ABB when they were getting started. They WERE NOT going to compromise the music. If they have to play for free...fine. We are not going to go "pop" or put on clown suits. This is who we are and this is our music. Take it or leave it.

Same with Eva. The president of Blue Note records passed on her because she would not agree to just do a strictly jazz record. Her feeling was that she does jazz, gospel, standards, blues, etc...and thats that. Think of it! Turning down Blue Note!

And the president of Blue Note spoke to Eva after he found out she was dying. He admittied that it was a huge mistake on his part to pass on signing her.

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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 08:52 AM
WOW!
My favorite version of Fields Of Gold has always been Mary Black's.


Until now, what an angel.

 

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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 09:15 AM
I've been looking the the 9/14/94 show she did at Pearl's in Annapolis, Md. It is offered on db.tree. I think I'll contact an owner. I'll let everybody here know what I find out.

If I Give My Heart
Woodstock
If I Give My Heart (again)
Early Morning Rain
Imagine
Summertime
People Get Ready
American Tune
I Wish I Were A Single Girl Again
Wayfaring Stranger
Who Knows Where The Time Goes
Kathy's Song
Autumn Leaves
Blue Eyes Crying
Bold Young Farmer
Wade In The Water
Songbird
The Water Is Wide
Tennessee Waltz
Drown In My Own Tears
Red Red Rose
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Over The Rainbow

A note on the DVD I offered: It must've been taken from a Holland TV show, don't let the begining of the disk put you off, it changes pretty quick to English.

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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 09:28 AM
I had read awhile ago about tentative plans to do a movie on her, wonder if it ever got past the talking stage.
 

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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 12:38 PM
R.I.P. Eva.
 

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  posted on 11/19/2007 at 04:50 PM
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