As we all mourn the sad, untimely passing of Amy Winehouse, it’s nice to note that there are singers out there who have not only survived various career/personal difficulties, but steadfastly marched on into long, productive lives.
Like ’60s pop staple Jackie DeShannon, for instance, who returns Sept. 27 with a brand-new album, “When You Walk In The Room,” featuring her recent composition “Will You Stay In My Life” alongside stripped-down versions of her catalog classics. Included: “Put A Little Love In Your Heart,” her 1969 smash she co-wrote with her brother Randy Myers and Jimmy Holiday, and “Bette Davis Eyes,” the Kim Carnes hit she co-penned with Donna Weiss that earned her a 1982 Grammy.
And DeShannon knew a thing or two about grace under fire.
In 1964, she actually opened for The Beatles on their first U.S. tour. Can any modern artist possibly imagine being the warm-up act on that pressure-cooker jaunt?
She also held her own alongside male powerhouses of the era, co-writing with her fellow Metric Music Publishing alum Randy Newman, while also interpreting, say, the work of Bacharach/David with her 1965 chart-topper “What The World Needs Now Is Love” (revamped for this release).
So while we reverently bow our heads and say to Amy Winehouse: RIP, long live survivors like Jackie DeShannon might make an appropriately uplifting afterthought.
For more, visit www.jackiedeshannon.com.