Little known at the time, Norah, the daughter of world-famous sitarist Ravi Shankar, hit the U.S. Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100 chart with a remake of a 1999 song by Jesse Harris & The Ferdinandos titled Don’t Know Why.
This single, from Ms. Jones’ breakthrough album Come Away with Me, would go on to earn her three Grammy Awards in 2003: Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Don’t Know Why still remains Norah Jones’ biggest hit single to date and her only song to make it into the Top 40 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Blender Magazine, back when it was still in print, had her single pegged at No. 459 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born.
Norah Jones’ Don’t Know Why was an easy choice for this week’s SGF spotlight for two reasons. First, it’s a really GREAT song. And, second, because some of the lyrics sing directly to one of my passions, WINE : “…My heart is drenched in wine, but you’ll be on my mind forever.”
Do you have a favorite hit song that you’d like highlighted on a future edition of Sold Gold Fridays? If so, just let me know and I’ll do my very best to work it into the program.
Have a nice weekend.
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