Eva Cassidy

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Eva Marie Cassidy (February 2, 1963 – November 2, 1996) was an American vocalist and guitarist known for her interpretations of jazz, blues, folk, gospel, country, rock 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 the 1996 live solo album entitled Live at Blues Alley. Although she had been honored by the Washington Area Music Association, she was virtually unknown outside her native Washington DC, when she died of melanoma in 1996.

Four years later, Cassidy's music was brought to the attention of British audiences when her versions of "Fields of Gold" and "Over the Rainbow" were played by Mike Harding and Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2. Following the overwhelming response, a camcorder recording of "Over the Rainbow", taken at Blues Alley in Washington by her friend Bryan McCulley, 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; her posthumously released recordings, including three UK number 1 records, have sold more than ten million copies. Her music has also charted top 10 positions in Australia, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1992 The Other Side Chuck Brown and Eva Cassidy 1
1997 Eva by Heart Eva Cassidy 3
2000 Time After Time Eva Cassidy 3
2000 No Boundaries Eva Cassidy 3
2002 Imagine Eva Cassidy 3
2003 American Tune Eva Cassidy 2
2003 You're the Voice Eva Cassidy 1
2008 Somewhere Eva Cassidy 3
2011 Simply Eva Eva Cassidy 2
2012 The Best of Eva Cassidy Eva Cassidy 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1998 Songbird Compilation Eva Cassidy 5 4
2004 Wonderful World Compilation Eva Cassidy 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1996 Live at Blues Alley Live Eva Cassidy 6

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2007 What a Wonderful World Eva Cassidy & Katie Melua 5 1

Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Live Live Eva Cassidy 1

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