Posts Tagged ‘1962’

Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh – Real Live Girl

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This week we’re delighted to bring you the recently discovered original demo of Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh‘s “Real Live Girl” sung by the writers themselves! The song was written for and sung by Sid Caesar in the hit 1962 Broadway musical Little Me which went on to be nominated for 10 Tony Awards. Jack Jones’ suave & stylish interpretation would find success on his 1963 album She Loves Me.

Cy & Carolyn met at the Brill Building in the late-1950s and would go on to create music history together with standards like “The Best Is Yet To Come” originally cut by Tony Bennett, “Witchcraft” for Frank Sinatra, “Pass Me By” recorded by Peggy Lee and written for the Cary Grant film Father Goose, and “Hey Look Me Over” for the 1960 musical Wildcat starring Lucille Ball just to name a few.

Both writers would come to admit in interviews that their collaborative relationship would often result in “legendary battles”. Coleman blamed her possessiveness and jealousy of his work with his jazz trio and Leigh summed it up as “we were young…there were a couple of very sensitive egos involved”. They would manage to reconcile differences for the most part, even renting summer homes in the Hamptons close enough for Cy to swim over for an afternoon of writing. Sadly their creative partnership would eventually buckle under the strain of the London premiere of Little Me in 1963 but their extremely prolific five years together would produce some of the most clever, catchy, sophisticated tunes ever to grace the Great American Songbook!

unnamed 241x300 Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh   Real Live Girl

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Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (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 ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Notable Music Co. Inc.

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Sarah Vaughan – Witchcraft

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Hailing from Newark, NJ, Sarah Vaughan became an accomplished pianist after taking lessons for many years as a kid and fell in love with the idea of becoming a vocalist after the many gospel singers she accompanied in the church choir.

She was only in her teens when she won an amateur contect at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem. Singer Billy Eckstine discovered her there and recommended to his employer, pianist Earl Hines that he hire her for his legendary band. Her musicianship matched the monster players in the band including Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, masters of the bebop style.

Vaughan’s rhythmic improvisation and exceptionally skillful phrasing incorporated many of their techniques. She signed with Columbia Records in the 1950s and later Mercury and embarked on a 50 year career earning international fame.

This week’s top tune is Sarah’s rendition of the Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh classic, “Witchcraft” from her 1962 album, You’re Mine You produced and arranged by the great, Quincy Jones.

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

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Lena Horne – The Rules of the Road

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Singer/actress/civil rights activist Lena Horne pursued nightclub entertaining for more than 60 years. Her first job was at the Cotton Club in the 1930s (where she could perform but not be admitted as a customer) and grew to include successful concert stints all around the world until the 1990s. Her recording career stretched from 1936 to 2000 and brought her three Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989 and her own Tony-winning one-woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music in 1981.

This week’s Top Tune comes from her 1962 studio album for RCA Victor, Lena on the Blue Side, and features tunes mainly inspired by the blues brilliantly arranged and conducted by Marty Gold. This beloved torcher was written by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh and in addition to Lena’s stunning interpretation, the song has been recorded by the likes of Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Nikka Costa, and several times more by Tony Bennett.

Well, love often shows a funny return
The brighter it glows the longer you burn
And Lord only knows love has little concern
For the fools of the road

But that’s how it goes, you live and you lean
The rules of the road.

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Contact & Licensing Info
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (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 ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Sony / http://www.sonymusiclicensing.com/

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Tony Bennett – Marry Young

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In 1962, as Tony Bennett approached the end of his thirties, he put together an album that set the (bari)tone for the rest his decade and one that would balance commerce and art in a most beautiful way. With I Left My Heart in San Francisco, Tony discovered his (soon-to-be-massive) signature song and debuted several Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh songs including, “Rules of the Road” and “The Best is Yet To Come”, the latter of which Bennett helped make a standard.

This week, we feature the third Coleman/Leigh tune from this hit album, the sweet & valiant “Marry Young”.

Never mind what they say, marry young.
While it’s spring and the song is trembling to be sung.
Let it slip off the tip of your tongue
I love you, you love me. People do, why don’t we
Marry young?

These songs are just a few Coleman/Leigh tunes that Tony debuted over his long career. Another includes a revisit of “Firefly” from his most recent gold-selling album, Cheek to Cheek with Lady Gaga. You can watch a live performance of that one HERE.

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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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