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Angel Olsen’s cover of 1930s classic ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’

Angel Olsen may well be one of the most gifted singer-songwriters around right now but that doesn’t mean she can’t work her way around a cover too. One of the finest arts is being able to express another’s emotion and when the song comes from almost one hundred years ago, it’s a feat that becomes even more inspiring.

Olsen’s cover of the classic 1940s track ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ a track which was later popularised by covers from Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and many more esteemed singers. It may well be an iconic song but not one you’d necessarily align with Olson. But, as ever, we’d be dead wrong to assume.

The singer shared the track via Instagram saying in the caption: “Working on some covers, some expected, some not.” She also added that ‘Ill Be Seeing You’ had been particularly special for Olsen, stating: “This one’s been close to the heart lately.”

The performance from Olsen is also impressive visually as well as sonically. Drenched in shadow, Olsen lets go a stellar performance of the iconic track. It’s also a performance which showcases the timelessness of Olsen’s appeal.

As well as the performance, Olsen offered up some extra reading for those interested in her favourite blues singer Mildred Bailey. A comparatively unknown singer, Olsen tells her fans some tracks to look out for saying, “She had three singles that made number one on the popular charts.”

Watch Angel Olsen perform ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ below:

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Working on some covers, some expected, some not. This one’s been close to the heart lately. “I’ll be seeing you” Original music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Irving Kahal. Published in 1938, it was inserted into the Broadway musical Right This Way, which closed after fifteen performances. Later made famous by Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and my favorite jazz/ swing/ blues singer Mildred Bailey. – -Speaking of which, if you’re unfamiliar check out some of Mildred Bailey’s work. From Wikipedia: “Mildred Bailey (born Mildred Rinker; February 27, 1907 – December 12, 1951) was a Native American jazz singer[2] during the 1930s, known as “The Queen of Swing”, “The Rockin’ Chair Lady” and “Mrs. Swing”. Some of her best-known hits are “For Sentimental Reasons”, “It’s So Peaceful in the Country”, “Doin’ The Uptown Lowdown”, “Trust in Me”, “Where Are You?”, “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart”, “Small Fry”, “Please Be Kind”, “Darn That Dream”, “Rockin’ Chair”, “Blame It on My Last Affair”, and “Says My Heart”. She had three singles that made number one on the popular charts.[3]”

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