Number 8 in the poll is Alfie’s version of the Jacques Brel classic, If You Go Away, or Ne Me Quitte Pas as it was originally. Recorded in 1959, it has since been translated into English and recorded by a number of artists such as Nina Simone, Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield, Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones. I listened to all these versions and to be honest, they did nothing for me. Some were downright awful but I suppose that’s just my taste and fans of these artists would say I was biased towards Alfie. To which I would unequivocally say “yes, I am” – his version is superb!
Alfie sang If You Go Away at the Royal Festival Hall in December 2013, thanks to Linda Wellington for sharing:
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