Tuesday, July 3, 2012

100 Cover Versions #55: Jessie Ware covers 'What You Won't Do Do For Love'by Bobby Caldwell

What You Won't Do Do For Love was written by Bobby Caldwell and Alfons Kettner and was a hit single for Bobby Caldwell when it reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. Because of it's very smooth soulful melody it has become one of the most sampled songs in music and can be heard in songs by Aaliyah, Tatayana Ali, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and 2Pac. It has been covered by Elliott Yamin, Go West and Boyz II Men.

One of the more recent cover versions of What You Won't Do Do For Love is by Jessie Ware. She has previously performed it live in clubs in the UK with Sampha and he has produced this studio version. He has also collaborated with Jessie on the very lovely song Valentine. I love the Bobby Caldwell so much that it took me a few listens to appreciate Jessie's version which I now really love. 
Jessie is going on tour later this year in the UK and will also be playing a concert in the Sugar Club here in Dublin on the 5th of November. Her debut album Devotion is released in August and will feature songs such as Running and her new song Precious Moments.

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