Music Monday – Fields of Gold

Originally sung by Sting, Fields of Gold was rearranged and performed Live at Blues Alley in 1996 by the late Eva Cassidy. Eva Cassidy can only be described as one of the tragedies of the music industry. Hers is a story that boggles my mind.

In short, Eva Cassidy (born 2 February 1963) was an American vocalist and guitarist who rearranged and covered many popular songs. She performed at the Blues Alley in 1996 (the year of her death) to a very appreciative audience. She sang back up to many singers as a session artist and produced three albums. But never made it big.

Three years before her death she underwent an operation to have a malignant mole removed from her back. In 1996 she discovered that the cancer had spread to her lungs and bones. She died on 2 November 1996 in Bowie, Maryland.

It was only after her death that she became famous. Fan clubs were established and albums were produced. And the rest is history.



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