Sunday, 11 April 2010

I'll be there - Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey had only released two album when she was invited to perform an acoustic concert in the MTV programme 'Unplugged'. She hadn't even played live before, making this in a way her live debut. She added the song 'I'll be there' to her set list at the last minute, after she had been informed that most acts on the show commonly perform at least one cover. She sang the song together with backing singer Trey Lorenz.

The MTV Unplugged special aired on May 20, 1992, and was a notable success. Carey's label received many requests to release 'I'll be there' as a single, which had not been planned. A radio edit of the song was created which removed dialogue portions of the performance. The single reached number 1 in Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the USA. During Michael Jackson's memorial service on July 7, 2009, Carey and Lorenz sang their rendition of the song in tribute to him.

My collection: 7" single no. 1675
Found: Melody Maker, Den Haag, June 27, 1992
Cost: 6,5 guilders
Tracks: 'I'll be there' / 'So blessed'

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