EvaCassidy-SongbirdEva Cassidy

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There are three remarkable facts about the late singer Eva Cassidy. One is that she had a tragically brief life, passing away in 1996 at the age of 33 from melanoma. Another is that during her lifetime she displayed the ability to credibly and powerfully sing so many styles of music (including jazz, blues, pop, folk music, r&b and spirituals) that it resulted in record labels not knowing what to do with her. Only two Eva Cassidy albums were released during her life (a third was released shortly after her passing), and at the time of her death she was a virtual unknown despite her obvious talent.

The third unusual fact occurred after her passing. In 1998 Songbird (a compilation of selections from her three albums) was released. It received a surprising amount of exposure and sold more than 100,000 copies in a very short period. Since that time, there have been seven other Cassidy sets released (every scrap of music that could be found) and her recordings have sold over five million copies. In death, Eva Cassidy is much better known that she ever was in her lifetime.


Scott Yanow


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