We may then apply our discretion under the user terms to amend or delete comments.“I went, I don’t know if I should be doing this any more,” he admits today, sitting in a booth at the Langham Hotel in London, stirring a potent Mai Tai cocktail.The song has been put to music and clips from family videos – taken during the last two decades of Mrs Phillips's life – have been turned into a short film.In just five days, the You Tube clip has had thousands of "hits" and it is set to become a global internet sensation.Of course, Knight had plenty of tearjerkers to choose from across the decades.There was an odd duet of If I Were Your Woman with a backing singer young enough to be her grandson, though her version of The Way We Were was a foot-stomping, emotional triumph.Although she’s diversified into acting and Atlanta waffle restaurants, Knight remains the self-proclaimed Empress of Soul.
She was also pictured partying with Hollywood star Leonardo Di Caprio after last year's BAFTA awards.
A petite figure brimming with Southern charm, she roared over the band’s rumbling R&B on Love Overboard, breathed new life into her Eighties Bond theme and smouldered on Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me.
Knight performed a new tune for this occasion, but her finest contemporary touch was a rendition of Stay With Me that surpassed Sam Smith’s original for soulful heartbreak.
"I had this song [Autumn] in mind as something that was really appropriate because there is this line that says: 'You still live on in my father's eyes.' Mummy also liked Paulo Nutini's music too.
"In the run-up to mummy's death, I thought it was absolutely perfect but it was unrealistic for me to be able to sing it live at her funeral [because she would be too upset]," said Sarah.