Born in Kentucky in 1944, Jackie DeShannon is one of the top pop composers, singers and all-around musicians of her time. Many people remember her for biggest hit, 'What the World Needs Now", written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
Perhaps fewer people know she also first recorded and, according to some sources, co-wrote "Needles and Pins" (a bit hit for her and a bigger hit for The Searchers in 1965). This was her second Top Ten hit, back in 1969.
She also co-wrote and performed the song "Bette Davis Eyes" on a 1974 album. It was later covered by Kim Carnes in 1981 and became a Grammy-winning Number one hit in the USA.
She still performs and records music, releasing an album last year and has perfomed from Los Angeles to London in the past few years.
She was the opening act for The Beatles in their first North American tour in 1964 and later performed with Johnny Cash at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville. (Not bad company, eh?) Her rockabilly roots are on full display in this recording of "Break A Way" which she co-wrote. This trac wasn't released until this greatest hits compilation came out in 1994.
(from Wikipedia) "DeShannon also co-wrote "Break-A-Way", recorded by Irma Thomas in 1964 and by Tracey Ullman in 1983. "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" reached Billboard No. 9 in 1989 as a duet by Annie Lennox & Al Green and was also covered by Dolly Parton in 1993. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Stevie Nicks had a Top 40 U.S. hit in 1986 with a cover of "Needles and Pins", which DeShannon originally recorded but did not write. A version of "When You Walk in the Room" by Pam Tillis in 1994 topped the country charts. Another recent cover of "When You Walk in the Room" was in 2004 by ex-ABBA vocalist Agnetha Fältskog, both in her comeback album My Colouring Book and as a UK (no. 34) and European (no. 53) hit single. Country rock artist Chris Hillman, one of the original members of The Byrds, also did a cover of "When You Walk in the Room" on his solo 1998 album "Like a Hurricane".