Posts Tagged ‘1958’

Ella Fitzgerald – Witchcraft

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We celebrate the centennial of one of the best interpreters of song there ever was, the First Lady of Song, Miss Ella Fitzgerald! This week’s Top Tune was recorded live in Chicago on August 10, 1958 at Mister Kelly’s and features Lou Levy on piano, Max Bennett on bass, and Gus Johnson on drums. This must-hear set was remarkably one of the few live recordings of Fitzgerald captured in a small club.

The tune of course is the classic by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, the pair of Great American Songbook writers whose marvelous, witty, and sophisticated output also included The Best is Yet to Come, I’ve Got Your Number, I Walk A Little Faster, and The Rules of the Road just to name a few.

Born in Newport News, Virginia on April 25, 1917, Ella in her long and illustrious career won 13 Grammy Awards, A Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Medal of Arts, was inducted in the Down Beat magazine Hall of Fame, and received the Kennedy Center Honors for her contributions to the arts. If you had to pick one album that sums up her magic best, for our money it’s the 11 songs Ella and Louis Armstrong recorded one fine day in 1956 with the Oscar Petersen Quartet. Read all about that masterpiece HERE.

The GRAMMY Museum presents Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald. The Exhibit opened yesterday and celebrates 100 years of Fitzgerald’s legacy through rare recordings, photos, and one-of-a-kind stage costumes. Click HERE for more info.

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Contact & Licensing Info
Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Published by MPL. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Master controlled by Verve/Universal Music Group.

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Blossom Dearie – Doop Doo De Doop (A Doodlin’ Song)

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As summer winds down we bring you a tune that was a big hit for Blossom Dearie in 1958 from her stellar album Once Upon A Summertime. Her trio consisted of Mundell Lowe on guitar and the ace rhythm section of Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums.

A sassy mashup of the Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh-penned classic with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club‘s “Spread Your Love” appeared in this beloved ad for The Cosmopolitan Hotel – Las Vegas.

We leave you with a classic live clip of the tune featuring Peggy Lee & Bing Crosby.

Summertime, we hardly knew ye!

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Contact & Licensing:
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Universal Music Group.

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Blossom Dearie – I Walk A Little Faster

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But even though I meet
at each and every corner

with nothing but disaster
I set my chin a little higher
I hope a little longer
Build a little stronger
Castle in the air. And thinking you’ll be there
I walk a little faster

The New York Times once described Blossom Dearie as “an interpretive minimalist with caviar taste in songs and musicians, she was a genre unto herself”.

This week’s Top Tune comes from our favorite of the six albums Blossom recorded for the Verve label, 1958′s Give Him the Ooh-La-La. Recorded at the high point of her recording career (all six Verve albums are considered cult classics), the album features an all-star lineup of stellar jazz musicians including Jo Jones (drums), Ray Brown (bass), Herb Ellis (guitar) and Dearie’s own masterful piano playing.

A great interpreter of The Great American Songbook, Dearie’s romantic delivery of the great Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh ballad “I Walk A Little Faster” is tops with us, possibly only equalled by Fiona Apple‘s version in 2009.

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Contact & Licensing:
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
http://www.emimusicpub.com/licensing/index.php
Master controlled by Verve Records. Contact: Doug James / doug.james@umusic.com

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Bing Crosby – Witchcraft

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Bing Crosby exerted an important influence on the development of the modern recording industry. While performing extensively for the troops in WWII, Crosby had witnessed and became fascinated with tape recording. The Crosby Research Foundation would come to have many patents. In 1947, he invested $50,000 in the Ampex company, which built North America’s first commercial reel-to-reel tape recorder. He left NBC to work for ABC because NBC was not interested in recording at the time. Crosby then became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and along with Frank Sinatra, was one of the principal backers behind the famous United Western Recorders recording complex in Los Angeles.

In keeping with the Sinatra Centennial Celebration and to mark the beginning of summer, this week’s Top Tune comes from the swingin’ concept album, Bing Sings The Sinatra Songbook, a collection of songs connected with Frank culled from Bing’s personal archives. Bing Crosby’s organically different approach on many of these Sinatra classics is on particular display with “Witchcraft” which he recorded in a shuffling ballpark-like style on April 3, 1958 in Palm Springs, California for his weekly Ford Road Show radio broadcast.

Bing’s recording of the Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh standard comes one year after Frank’s debut recording which earned six Grammy nominations and is most recently heard in the hit film and gold-selling soundtrack to Fifty Shades of Grey. Salute!

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Contact & Licensing Info
Published by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing (Carolyn Leigh) controlled by Morley Music Co c/o MPL Communications Inc / contact: inquiry@mplcommunications.com
Master controlled by Bing Crosby Enterprises/HLC Properties.

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