First, some of my favorite photos of Eva.
Please do not copy these images.
EVA CASSIDY IN 1988 – This beautiful portrait was taken in 1988 as a publicity photo for the band “She’s Melting.” The photographer is unknown.
Joyful in Nova Scotia. Eva’s cousin Walter Wunderlich took this photo, which became an album cover
Eva and her “Songbird” guitar. Eva’s friend Larry Melton, who took the photograph, thinks it was in early 1995. Larry also took the photo that Eva chose for the cover of LIVE AT BLUES ALLEY.
FAMOUS SNAPSHOT: This photograph of Eva Cassidy was used for the cover of the SONGBIRD CD and again on the cover of the hardback edition of the Songbird book. It was taken by Eva’s friend Elaine Stonebraker, who gave me permission to reproduce the full photo here. Elaine doesn’t remember when she took the picture, but she recalls, “It was on one of our C&O Canal trips in October, which we went on each year between 1991 and 1994. We did stop one frosty morning at Big Pool to take pictures, so I have a feeling it was there. Brrrrr. We had only one set of mittens between us….”
Eva in 1988, from a promotional photo when she was briefly part of a band called “She’s Melting.”
Another photo from the same session.
Eva at the Kennedy Center in 1983 (age 20). Years later, she and Chuck Brown would be performing there.
Eva’s all-time favorite singer and songwriter was Stevie Wonder. As a teenager she had this novelty photo taken of herself posing with a cardboard picture of her hero.
EVA IN ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND: I love this photo of Eva beside the Chesapeake Bay, a gorgeous 1994 snapshot from Eva’s German friend Wiebke Sander. Wiebke tells me that “Eva is holding stones, seashells and smooth glass pieces from sand in her hand.” One of Eva’s fans, Anne, commented, “I love this photo. It’s very symbolic to me. It has Eva showing us her treasures!!! Her love and goodness burst from that picture.”
TOURING ANNAPOLIS: Eva’s German friend Wiebke Sander took this snapshot of Eva in front of a house in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1994. “Eva was showing me narrow alleys with nice little homes in different colors. One of them had this beautiful flowerbox that Eva liked a lot.” Pansies were some of Eva’s favorite flowers.
CHECKING THE HEADPHONE MIX: Eva at Chris Biondo’s studio in Rockville, getting ready to record with “Method Actor” (late 1980’s).
EVA’S HOME AWAY FROM HOME: Eva and Chris Biondo, in front of his studio in Glenn Dale, Maryland, where so many of Eva’s recordings were taped.
EVA AND FRIENDS: Eva and Chris Biondo in 1992. We think the cat belongs to Eva’s sister Anette, but it obviously had found a soulmate in Eva.
Eva and Chris Biondo at the historic Apollo Theater in New York City, early in 1991. “That whole trip was the happiest I ever remember Eva being,” Chris Biondo recalls. They were invited to New York to meet with executives of Apollo Records, a subsidiary of Motown Records. Eva was treated like a queen and when she left New York it was with the promise of a recording contract and a large advance payment that would have been triple her annual income at that time. The contract and check never came; Apollo Records went bankrupt before the deal went through.
EARLY 1990s: Eva with Chris Biondo at the Leonardo da Vinci restaurant in Georgetown. If you are very observant and have read every article ever written about Eva, you have already noticed that Eva is wearing the same dress she had on in the TIME AFTER TIME photo session with Norman Watkins.
Eva and her truck: Getting ready for a bike trip.
Eva Cassidy as actress? Eva starred in the homemade comedy film “Chickens in the Mist” along with Ruth Murphy and her husband Jim Dickey. I think the three of them wrote (and improvised) the screenplay too. As one might guess, it was a parody of the movie “Gorillas in the Mist.”
On a day hike
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Thank you to (alphabetically): Chris Biondo, Penny Biondo, Isabel Cassidy Bligh, Vivien Bligh, Andrew Bowles, Tony Bramwell, Anette Cassidy, Barbara and Hugh Cassidy, David Christopher, Carey Colvin, Al Dale, Bryan McCulley, Larry Melton, Margret Cassidy Robinson, Wiebke Sander, Carol Bligh Snavely, Elaine Stonebraker, Sharon Weisz, and Eileen White for providing some of the photos on these pages. Special thanks to Kevin Guerrieri, Ruth Murphy, and Eileen White for the yearbook scans. Please do not copy these images without permission.