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Debate surrounds the details: whether her vocals were done in a single take, or pieced together from multiple attempts; how much she was originally paid (likely around 30 quid, the going rate for studio musicians--on a Sunday); the amount of the eventual legal settlement. None of which matters a damn bit when you hear that voice come gliding in over the humble piano chords. The band told her that the song was about dying, but she made it about coming, about sex and soul and abandon. The key to her performance, she later said, was to pretend she was an instrument. Only obsessive liner-note readers know her name, but nearly every stoned white boy who grew up between '73 -'03 can lip-synch each "ooh" and "aah" and "hey." She declined the original invite because she had tickets to see Chuck Berry.