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It began with Fields of Gold and ended with Over the Rainbow, tracks that people only had to hear once. In between were eight other classic performances that also showcased Eva Cassidy's extraordinarily versatile voice and exquisite taste: in choice of songs; impeccable arrangements and her incredible ability to re-imagine a familiar song and make it her personal property. People Magazine wrote at the time: "Whether in jazz, folk, or inspirational music, Cassidy's potential was huge, and this album stands as a testament to popular music's loss. Two years later, as drew to a close, National Public Radio featured Eva Cassidy on its "Morning Edition" news program and, almost simultaneously over in England, a grainy video of Cassidy performing Over the Rainbow from the Blues Alley concert aired on the British television program Top of the Pops2 on BBC2, and it was re-broadcast in January, following a wave of phone calls, emails and letters from viewers. ABC News Nightline ran a full half hour piece that has been rebroadcast numerous times in the ensuing years, making it one of, if not the most popular program in the history of Nightline. The piece was anchored by ABC's on-air correspondent Dave Marash who had heard Eva music in Washington and would then listen to it at night while covering the war in Bosnia and other faraway places. The small catalogue of material she left behind has been meticulously curated and released via 11 different albums.
It first appeared on the album Rumours and was released as the B-side of the single " Dreams ". It is one of four songs written solely by Christine McVie on the album. She would frequently sing the song at concerts. The song came to McVie as the band was finishing up a recording session at the Sausalito Record Plant. To ensure she did not forget the chord structure and melody, she remained awake the entire night. Producer Ken Caillat loved the track and suggested she record it alone in a concert style approach. Their first venue of choice, the Berkeley Community Theatre, was unavailable, so the band instead booked the Zellerbach Auditorium for March 3, He then requested three spotlights to illuminate the flowers from above. When McVie arrived at the auditorium, the house lights were dimmed so her attention was immediately brought to the illuminated flowers on the piano. Eva Cassidy 's version was released in on her posthumous compilation album of the same name Songbird.