Jackie DeShannon has continually held her own under pressure 

As we all mourn the sad, untimely passing of Amy Winehouse, it’s nice to note that there are singers out there who have not only survived various career/personal difficulties, but steadfastly marched on into long, productive lives.

Like ’60s pop staple Jackie DeShannon, for instance, who returns Sept. 27 with a brand-new album, “When You Walk In The Room,” featuring her recent composition “Will You Stay In My Life” alongside stripped-down versions of her catalog classics. Included: “Put A Little Love In Your Heart,” her 1969 smash she co-wrote with her brother Randy Myers and Jimmy Holiday, and “Bette Davis Eyes,” the Kim Carnes hit she co-penned with Donna Weiss that earned her a 1982 Grammy.

And DeShannon knew a thing or two about grace under fire.

In 1964, she actually opened for The Beatles on their first U.S. tour. Can any modern artist possibly imagine being the warm-up act on that pressure-cooker jaunt?

She also held her own alongside male powerhouses of the era, co-writing with her fellow Metric Music Publishing alum Randy Newman, while also interpreting, say, the work of Bacharach/David with her 1965 chart-topper “What The World Needs Now Is Love” (revamped for this release).

So while we reverently bow our heads and say to Amy Winehouse: RIP, long live survivors like Jackie DeShannon might make an appropriately uplifting afterthought.

For more, visit www.jackiedeshannon.com.

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