Norah Jones‘s (b. 1979) real name is Geetali Norah Jones Shankar, and it’s well known that she’s the daughter of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shanker (her mother was Sue Jones). When I first heard this song in 2002, on her Come Away with Me album, I was blown away. It’s a beautiful jazz-infused song, with only five instruments (including her own piano) and a languid delivery that reminds me a bit of Billie Holiday.
“Don’t Know Why” was in fact written and first performed by Jesse Harris, but it was Jones who made it a huge hit. It nabbed her three Grammys in 2003: record of the year, song of the year, and best female pop vocal performance. Sadly, although maintaining a respectable performing and recording career, Jones never again rose to the standard of this song. She remains somewhat of a “one hit wonder.”
I’ve listened to this many…
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