Monday, October 14, 2013
Jennifer Warnes is a truly amazing singer. She sang in the original Los Angeles production of Hair as a young girl. Warnes was offered an opera scholarship to Immaculate Heart at the age of 17 and was also reportedly once offered a recording contract at the age of seven, which her father supposedly turned down.
Warnes has had a great career singing challenging and beautiful music, often doing duets with other performers. Her Famous Blue Raincoat album of Leonard Cohen songs remains one of my favorite albums of all time.
I once read an interview with Warnes where she discussed this song from Famous Blue Raincoat, with guitar lead by the late Stevie Ray Vaughn. I seem to remember her saying that Vaughn, who was reportedly using pretty heavily at the time, didn't show up at the recording studio until the middle of the night, many hours late. He delivers one of his great performances on this song.