Christmas Compendium Track 31:

Peak UK Chart Position: #1 in December 2007.
Christmas Chart Position: #2.

In 2006, just over ten years after the death of Eva Cassidy, caused by the spread of a melanoma, the final track she performed live in concert was turned into a duet on a Christmas Eve BBC One television show entitled ‘Duet Impossible’, with lifelong fan Katie Melua. This ‘duet’ was officially re-recorded later the following year, and went straight to number one, although couldn’t quite hang on for Christmas, it being usurped by that year’s X-Factor winner Leon Jackson with “When You Believe”.

Quick facts:

  • “What A Wonderful World” was written by¬†Bob Thiele (as “George Douglas”) and George David Weiss, and originally recorded by Louis Armstrong, topping the charts in 1967.
  • This version was available exclusively at branches of Tesco, and saw proceeds going to the British Red Cross.
  • The video features footage from Cassidy’s last ever performance, filmed on a camcorder.
  • Leona Lewis rounded off the Christmas top three for 2007, “Bleeding Love” having already spent seven weeks at number one prior to “What A Wonderful World”.

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