Posts Tagged ‘1963’

Bobby Short – It Amazes Me

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Cabaret singer Bobby Short was a long tenured champion of The Great American Songbook with a 35 year run at the esteemed Cafe Carlyle in New York City. A favorite performer of Woody Allen’s, Short recorded a full album of Cy Coleman repertoire in 1963 for Atlantic Records entitled, My Personal Property.

A close musical friend of an earlier generation of writers such as Cole Porter, Noel Coward, George Gershwin, and Rodgers & Hart, Short shows “he is worthy of such company as important Coleman interpreters as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett” says William Ruhlmann of AllMusic, “and demontrates that Coleman and Carolyn Leigh are worthy of the company of the classic songwriters he usually covers”.

This week’s tune is one of our favorite ballads of all time and was also recorded over the years by Tony Bennett, Shirley Horn, Blossom Dearie, and Liza Minnelli.

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

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Tony Bennett – On The Other Side of The Tracks

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Las Vegas Boulevard was renamed Tony Bennett Boulevard this past weekend in honor of the singing legend’s contribution to establishing Vegas as the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World. The ceremony took place on the iconic Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

Several hotels and casinos dimmed their lights in homage where Tony headlined (he has outlived many of the others!). Bennett was also the guest of honor at Keep Memory Alive‘s 20th annual Power of Love Gala at the MGM Garden which raises funds and awareness for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Heath and its fight against brain disease including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis and multiple system atrophy. For more info and to donate, click HERE.

Tony recorded this week’s Top Tune in 1963 for his Columbia Records album, This Is All I Ask. The song was written by his pal Cy Coleman and the great lyricist Carolyn Leigh for the hit Broadway musical comedy Little Me. The set reached #24 on the Billboard Top 200.

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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.
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Peggy Lee – A Doodlin’ Song

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Classically trained pianist and later the grand host of NYC’s cabaret scene, Julius Monk, staged a succession of revues at the Upstairs At The Downstairs on West 56th Street in Manhattan. From the mid-1950s through the mid-1960s, Monk’s annual revues are said to have established the standard for New York cabaret. Singers and collaborators who frequently performed or worked with Monk included Robert Downey, Sr., Sylvia Syms, Blossom Dearie, Imogene Coca, and Liberace to name a few.

It was Blossom Dearie who first recorded this week’s Top Tune and “whose willowy voice had begun attracting devoted fans through the fifties and was a favorite of Julius Monk” writes Andy Propst, author of the new comprehensive bio You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman. The song would enjoy subsequent recordings but probably the most famous was this version by Peggy Lee in 1963 which was a B-side to her single “Got That Magic” on Capitol Records. Lee was inspired to use the song after encountering it for the first time in one of Monk’s revues.


You can hear a bit of Dearie’s version in this sweet mash-up with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s “Spread Your Love” for the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas.

Here’s a great vintage clip by Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke and Sylvia Lewis.

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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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Nancy Wilson – The Best is Yet to Come

It would be most remiss of us not to give a huge Happy 75th Birthday shout out to Blue Note Records, the preeminent American jazz and hard bop label founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis in New York City. In November the label will release the first official illustrated history of Blue Note Records, authored by Richard Havers and including forewords by Wayne Shorter, Robert Glasper, and Blue Note President Don Was. The 400-page hardcover book will celebrate over seven decades of extraordinary music and their ongoing commitment to “Uncompromising Expression”.

We’ve highlighted many master recordings this year from our very own uncompromising expressionist & Blue Note artist, Rosanne Cash. This week’s Top Tune comes from one of the many jazz vocalists and artists on the legendary label who have recorded multiple tunes from the Notable catalog. She was one of the most artistically & commercially successful artists in Capitol Records group history, the great Nancy Wilson.

Wilson’s version of Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh’s classic “The Best is Yet to Come” was released on the 1963 Top 5 Billboard album, Yesterday’s Love Songs, Today’s Blues. Her version predates the Frank Sinatra/Count Basie version arranged by Quincy Jones that has since served as the standard interpretation of the song but squarely packs a punch. The arrangement was courtesy of the late-great West Coast Jazz master, Gerald Wilson.

Nancy recalls of the session: “The energy level was so high back then because you knew you had to get it right today – you really couldn’t come back in tomorrow and do it again”. Wilson continues: “We didn’t need two years to do an album then. We were already doing these songs everynight and the arrangers would know how to get the most out of a song. The musicians were so great and could read so well, all you had to do was put the charts in front of them and they could get ‘em down.”

Thank you to The Breeders’ Cup for making this week’s tune your signature tune for the 3rd year in a row! Tune in this Saturday Nov 1 for an encore performance of the song LIVE on NBC at 8p ET by Kristin Chenoweth before the running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

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

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