(Top 101) #64. Desperado – The Langley Schools Music Project (feat. Sheila Behman)

Oh, man, this song slays me. First, some background. Back in the 70’s, a Canadian music teacher taught his elementary school students to perform pop songs of the times (David Bowie, Eagles, Beach Boys, etc.) and had them record a couple of LPs pretty much as a lark. Fast forward twenty-five years or so, a record collector listens to the LP, flips out, thinks it’s amazing, and has the albums re-released in 2001 under the title Innocence & Despair. Presto, a cult following and a Vh1 documentary follow.

The songs really are quite a treat to listen to, but out of all of them, it’s “Desperado,” a solo piece by a girl named Sheila Behman, that brings out the lumps in your throat. Of course, the original, sung by Don Henley, was pretty potent in itself, but it’s this little girl’s rendition that absolutely breaks your heart a thousand times over…

64. Desperado – The Langley Schools Music Project

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