An amazing soul classic that never was

This song, "Stay With Me", has, in the meantime, been covered by Janis Joplin, Bette Midler, Ruby Turner, Terry Reid (a particularly scorching version) and also Barbara Streisand. All not bad, but not a patch on the original version by Lorraine Ellison.

It has all the ingredients of a true classic choon, but it never was. I wonder why?

Legend has it that Frank Sinatra failed to show for a recording session and the whole band was squatting around with nothing to do. So Lorraine Ellison chivvied up and recorded the song in one take. It's just mind-blowing.



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