Posts Tagged ‘1960’

Louis Armstrong – Hey Look Me Over

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The 1960 musical comedy Wildcat is significant not only as the Broadway debut for Lucille Ball (arguably the biggest star on the planet at the time), but also as it marked Cy Coleman‘s first foray into the world of musical theatre… a community in which he would soon become one of it’s most legendary and prolific figures.

The musical was an instant hit… but it’s doubtful at the time that anyone would guess that the show’s opening number would go on to achieve such iconic status. “Hey, Look Me Over” became an instant standard, and was subsequently recorded by a “who’s who” of the era’s stars: Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Short, The Lettermen, Judy Garland, Mel Tormé, and Peggy Lee, among many others. A personal favorite is the reading by the one and only Louis Armstrong, presented here.

Since 1962, Louisiana residents and football fans in general undoubtedly know the tune as “Hey, Fighting Tigers,” LSU got Cy and co-writer Carolyn Leigh’s permission to adapt the song as LSU’s official school song (with new lyrics from Leigh), and it remains one of the more recognizable sports anthems to this day.

Watch two legendary ladies performing this iconic tune:
Watch a rare live TV performance from Judy Garland.
Here’s Lucille Ball and her Wildcat costar performing the first act on the Ed Sullivan show, taped during the Broadway run.

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Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
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Nancy Wilson – I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life

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Wilson’s debut single, “Guess Who I Saw Today”, was so successful that between 1960 and 1962, Capitol Records released five Nancy Wilson albums. The song appears on the gem of a jazz album, Something Wonderful, rooted in blues and swing courtesy of her soul-drenched tone and famed big-band arranger, Billy May. Only 23 years old at the time, Wilson shines on the bitter-sweet ballad “I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life” first recorded by Nat “King” Cole & written by Cy Coleman and Joseph McCarthy.

This superb album was unforgivingly out-of-print for decades but was remastered & reissued in 2004 by Blue Note Records. A brilliant work of blues, swing & jazz featuring the great tenor legend Ben Webster, Shelly Manne on drums, Jack Marshall on guitar, and Justin Gordon on flute. “They Call It Stormy Monday” is particularly killer, the whole album is well worth seeking out!

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Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth info@notablemusic.net, Administered by Downtown Music Publishing contact: seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com and Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
Master controlled by Blue Note Records. Contact: Doug James / doug.james@umusic.com

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Peggy Lee – You Fascinate Me So

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I have a feeling that beneath the little halo on your noble head,
There lies a thought or two the devil might be interested to know.
You’re like the finish of a novel that I’ll finally have to take to bed,
You fas-ci-nate me so.

This week’s Top Tune deserved an encore performance because it is also the most-appropriate title of the debut of author Andy Propst’s excellent and in-depth new biography, You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman available this week from Applause Theatre & Cinema Books.

The book takes readers into the world of Tony, Grammy, and Emmy-winning composer/performer Cy Coleman, exploring his days as a child prodigy in the 1930s, his time as a hot jazz pianist and early television celebrity in the 1950s, and his life as one of Broadway’s preeminent composers. An unstoppable creative force, Coleman penned standards such as “Witchcraft”, “The Best is Yet to Come”, and “Big Spender” and wrote such musicals as Sweet Charity, I Love My Wife, On the Twentieth Century, and City of Angels yet his life has gone entirely unexplored until now. Includes interviews with collaborators, musicians, performers, family and the friends who immortalized his work on record & stage. Click HERE to order.

While reading the book, check out this interactive website for a full discography of Cy Coleman’s tunes including audio clips of rare tracks and a wealth of information on his produced musicals, unproduced musicals, and commissioned work.

Also, coming May 26th for the first time on CD, Harbinger Records/Musical Theatre Project brings you 28 rare recordings sung by the man himself. From The Second Disc: “The set includes rarities like “The Laarge Daark Aardvark Song” co-written with late comedy hero Allan Sherman, and Coleman’s own rendition of his early pop hit “Why Try to Change Me Now” recently interpreted by Bob Dylan on his Shadows in the Night! A must-have”. Order HERE.

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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 Capitol Records. Contact: Doug James / doug.james@umusic.com

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Jesse Belvin – The Best is Yet to Come

Signed to RCA Records in 1959, R&B singer and pianist, Jesse Belvin had previously co-written the massive crossover hit “Earth Angel” recorded by The Penguins. Jesse also co-wrote and sang “Good Night My Love” (for Modern Records) which became the outro theme for Alan Freed‘s legendary rock and roll radio show.

After years of signing to labels under different names and giving away too much credit for too little in return, he was inspired by his wife and manager Jo Anne to develop his style at RCA. Soon after he had a Top 40 hit with “Guess Who” (written by his wife). His new label began molding him as a potential crossover star, a rival to Capitol Records’ Nat “King” Cole whose style and talent he greatly admired.

Eventually Jesse was paired with the great arranger Marty Paich (Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Buddy Rich) and an orchestra including saxophonist Art Pepper to record soulful covers of standards like this week’s Top Tune, “The Best is Yet to Come” by Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh. His nick name, Mr. Easy also became the name of the album. Described as a powerful and charismatic performer, Belvin was believed to be well on his way to becoming a major star. Sadly, on February 6, 1960 Jesse and his wife were killed in a head-on car crash shortly after finishing a performance in Little Rock, AR on a bill with Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson. He never got to hear the finished album which was released later that year.

We hope you enjoy one of the best from an artist of great talent whose career was cut way too short!

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Contact & Licensing Info
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 Sony / http://hub.sonymusic.com/licensing/contact/

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