The Irish musician and activist, best known for her single 'Nothing Compares 2 U,' died at the age of 56 on Wednesday.
The list of people who admire Sinead O'Connor is quite long and it also has the name of singer Dolly Parton. The 77-year-old songwriter loved O’Connor's work, especially her cover of Parton's song "Dagger Through the Heart." In 2003, Sugar Hill Records released a multi-artist tribute album titled “Just Because I’m a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton” as a tribute to the singer. It was named after her 1968 song and album of the same name, according to the official website of Dolly Parton. Sinéad had chosen "Dagger Through the Heart" to record.
Later, Dolly Parton praised this cover version in a letter dated June 25, 2003. The letter has recently been shared by a Twitter user. It read, "Dear Sinead, Well, I have always loved you anyhow, but now I love you more. I absolutely love how you sang 'Dagger Through the Heart'. Man, alive, I feel that through and through. Thank you for being a part of this special project and for giving so generously of yourself and your talent. Love, Dolly."
Dolly herself picked Sinead to cover the track. Earlier, Dolly had based her video for it on "Nothing Compares 2 U"https://t.co/IjXNtwcO49— Ray Padgett (@rayfp) July 26, 2023
The Irish singer and activist recently passed away at the age of 56 on Wednesday. She was best known for her single "Nothing Compares 2 U," released in 1990 and written originally by Prince. "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad," her family confirmed in a statement to RTE and the BBC. "Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time." The cause of her death has not been made public. Irish President Michael D Higgins praised the late singer's "authenticity" as well as her "beautiful, unique voice". "What Ireland has lost at such a relatively young age is one of our greatest and most gifted composers, songwriters and performers of recent decades, one who had a unique talent and extraordinary connection with her audience, all of whom held such love and warmth for her," he said.
While O’Connor was an incredible artist who released 10 studio albums between 1987 and 2014, she did not have an easy life. The musician had a troubled childhood and struggled with mental health issues all her life. She was an outspoken activist and once made headlines during an appearance on "Saturday Night Live." After performing an a cappella version of "War" by Bob Marley, she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II and told the audience to "fight the real enemy," per PEOPLE. O’Connor was protesting the Catholic Church's alleged cover-up of the sexual abuse of children.
The mother-to-three seemed to be looking forward to an international tour and said she was working on new music. "Hi all, recently moved back to London after 23 years (of) absence. Very happy to be home. Soon finishing my album. Release early next year," she wrote on July 11. "Hopefully Touring Australia and New Zealand toward end 2024. Europe, USA and other territories beginning early 2025 (sic)." The late singer's last studio album, "I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss," was released in 2014.