Maybe - Andrea McArdle (1977)
The power in this little girl's voice is mind boggling. Andrea started a long tradition of Annies with this original recording, but I don't think anyone's ever bettered it. An orphan wondering what her parents who gave her up are doing should never sound this beautiful, but it works on levels that transcend its genre and subject matter. This is the single reason why, as a child, I wanted to be performer..... there, I said it. I've often talked about how Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar and Tommy are my favorite musicals. Followed by Sweeney Todd, Annie is right up there at number four.
By Jove, she's still got it!
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