The Grammy Awards took a brief detour to the middle of last century last night, when guitarist Jeff Beck led a cover of “How High the Moon” in honor of the late Les Paul. Lead vocals were handled by someone you might not have recognized, but who’s already a sizable star in her native Ireland and the U.K.: Rockabilly singer Imelda May.
The Dublin singer has released two albums, No Turning Back and Love Tattoo, the latter reaching No. 12 on Billboard‘s Heatseekers chart this past December. Check out a clip of May performing “Big Bad Handsome Man” on Ireland’s Late Late Show in 2009. Then let us know what you think: Does Imelda May have what it takes to break out in the U.S. like, say, Amy Winehouse did a couple years back? Were you familiar with her work before the Grammys?
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