ALSO SEE: SUSAN BOYLE COMPILATION
OK, call me a sentimental old fool; old enough to remember seeing Judy Garland’s portrayal of Fannie Brice in A Star is Born when it was still a new release – and sentimental enough to have gotten teary eyed when she sang Arlen & Gershwin’s The Man That Got Away. By 1975 I was jaded enough to stay dry eyed for Barbra’s remake in On a Clear Day. But I am not ashamed to admit that the room got a little misty when I watched the real thing a la 2009 on Youtube last night. If you have been hiding under a rock somewhere and haven’t seen sweetheart Susan Boyle break the image barrier with her stupendous performance on Britain’s Got Talent (over 25 million hits in one week) I am proud to give you a link to this unlikely victory of substance over style.
Click here for The New York Times’ review of Susan’s performance
And just to prove Susan is no one-hit-wonder, here is her 1999 recording of Cry Me A River. Haven’t heard this tune done so well since last time I was privileged to see Lenne Hardt perform it live at my bar.
I DREAMED A DREAM – Schonberg/Kretzmer (Lyrics) OTHER VERSIONS
RUTH HENSHALL 1995
ELAIN PAIGE 2009
ARETHA FRANKLIN 1985
CRY ME A RIVER – OTHER VERSIONS
JULIE LONDON 1955
BARBRA STREISAND 1967
DIANA KRALL 2007
JOE CROCKER 1970