Susan Boyle’s YouTube fame continues to rise, reaching new heights with her rendition of the Cats anthem, “Memory”. She performed in the Semi Final of Britain’s Got Talent, broadcast live Sunday night on ITV, winning entry into the show’s final. Despite a shaky start, Susan soon launches into the heart of the song, comfortably handling the climactic key of D flat.
The Jamie Plugh Blog YouTube channel, dedicated to one of Susan Boyle’s competition, has received 1,941,697 views of Susan Boyle singing, unembeddable but with HD and HQ capacity. Add to this countless other uploads of the video, some with the 3:07 performance, others with the judges’ comments and Susan’s reaction. Here’s the Britain’s Got Talent official version, with 1,195,828 views.
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“Memory” is a show tune from the 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats sung by the character Grizabella, a one-time glamour cat who is now a shell of her former self. The song is a nostalgic remembrance of her glorious past and a declaration of her wishes to start a new life. The lyrics, written by Cats director Trevor Nunn, were based on T. S. Eliot’s poems “Preludes” and “Rhapsody on a Windy Night”. Judi Dench was the original Grizabella in the West End show, but snapped an ankle during rehearsals. Her replacement, Elaine Page, went on to release her top ten version of the song in the UK. Barbra Streisand recorded a version of “Memory” for her 1981 album Memories.