The talk-show host and her band Y’all revive the sweet sensibility from Ms. Hill’s version while adding Clarkson’s expressive flourishes that make her performance just too good to be true.
“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” was originally sung by Frankie Valli in 1967 and became one of his biggest hits, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Ms. Hill’s 1998 version of the song reached No. 2 on Billboard‘s Rhythmic Airplay chart and earned a Grammy nomination for best female pop vocal performance in 1999.
That same year, Ms. Hill became the first woman to take home five Grammy Awards in one night, including best new artist and album of the year for her sole solo studio album, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, which is the first hip-hop album to receive the major accolade. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was recently certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), making Ms. Hill the first female rapper to ever achieve this career milestone.
Numerous versions of Valli’s sweet classic have charted on Billboard, including Surf Mesa‘s most recent rendition, dubbed “ily (i love you baby),” featuring Emilee, that went No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs tally.
Watch Clarkson’s Kellyoke cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” below.