Harry Styles has sat down with BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show to perform a stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s classic track ‘Big Yellow Taxi’. In the past, the singer has been very open about Mitchell’s influence on his songwriting and style.
For a special Valentine’s Day morning show, everyone’s favourite style icon and musician, Harry Styles, accompanied by his band, covered Joni Mitchell’s endlessly iconic ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ in the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast studio.
Styles performed a faithful rendition of Mitchell’s classic environmental anthem, right down to the “ooh-bap-bap-bap” backup singers and the California singer’s hearty laughter at the end of the song. It was a true display of appreciation for the work that Mitchell crafts so delicately.
In Styles’ Rolling Stone cover story this past August, he described Mitchell as one of his two favourite musicians along with Van Morrison, going so far as to go on a “quest” after hearing her quintessential album Blue. “I was in a big Joni hole,” he says. “I kept hearing the dulcimer all over Blue. So I tracked down the lady who built Joni’s dulcimers in the Sixties.”
This week Styles appeared on a segment of The Late Late Show, salsa dancing with host James Corden’s parents in Miami during the Super Bowl. Styles was originally scheduled to perform in Miami that weekend in conjunction with the game, but his set was cancelled due to severe thunderstorms. He did get to perform with Lizzo during her set at Pandora and SiriusXM’s show however, dueting on her song “Juice.”
Honestly, we still cannot get over how incredible that duet was and will continue to be as the days go on.
Watch Harry Styles sing his rendition of ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ by Joni Mitchell below.
Styles released his latest album, Fine Line, this past December, including the singles ‘Fine Line,’ ‘Watermelon Sugar’ and ‘Adore You.’
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