Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Beatles' She's Leaving Home: Amber Holcomb or Al Jarreau

I may have misheard Mariah Carey on American Idol tonight when she was critiquing Amber Holcomb, but I thought Mariah said that she was not familiar with the Beatles's classic "She's Leaving Home." I know the Fab Four's version and I love it, but I also love jazz singer Al Jarreau's version, which I've posted below.

I first heard "She's Leaving Home" when I bought The Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. That album came out in the 60s, but I probably bought it in the 70s.

I'm not surprised that Amber didn't know the song (she's only 19), but she gets big props for learning it so quickly. Here she is below singing her Beatles song. I think Amber's talented. I'd buy her "Funny Valentine" in a minute, but her rendition of "She's Leaving Home" lacked emotional complexity.

Amber Holcomb - She's Leaving Home - American... by IdolxMuzic

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