Posts Tagged ‘1964’

Tony Bennett – I Walk A Little Faster

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This lovely Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh song was once described as “the most romantic of all the tunes that speaks of New York City”. It was recorded in September 1964 for an album by Tony Bennett whose title track was a big hit during Bennett’s mid-1960s prime. Tony, always dedicated to discovering new songs and making standards out of them, tried each new tune out in clubs night after night. He worked them out before an audience and got to know them inside and out.

The album features The Ralph Sharon Trio and was arranged by the great Columbia Records staff arranger/conductor George Siravo. Siravo had been the prime driver of Frank Sinatra‘s transition away from ballads a few years ealier to the now legendary swinging uptempo approach the singer would pursue during the remainder of his recording career. Although credited to Nelson Riddle, Siravo actually did most of the arranging work for Sinatra’s first Capitol Records date and remained a premier arranger for Bennett, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Vic Damone and many more.

You can watch a soul tugging performance of the tune by Fiona Apple HERE.

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Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
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Peggy Lee – I’m In Love Again

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Peggy Lee and composer Cy Coleman‘s artistic and personal relationship lasted for decades. From late night parties with pals Cary Grant & Dyan Cannon, to night club sets, tv specials & rewarding recording sessions birthing #1 Pop Hits such as her iconic rendition of Coleman/Fields’ “Big Spender“. Peggy added Cy to a distinguished group of collaborators in Victor Young, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, and Johnny Mandel linking her poetic lyrical abilities with Coleman’s compositional wizardry for a string of 1960s Lee-Coleman penned classics like “That’s My Style”, “Then Was Then and Now is Now”, and “That’s What it Takes”.

Lee routinely released two wholly new albums every year at Capitol Records between 1957-1972. This week’s tune is the title track from her first 1964 offering, another Coleman/Lee classic with punchy arrangements by Dick Hazard, Shorty Rogers and Bill Holeman considered some of the finest of her very prolific decade.

Check out this supremely moving 2009 rendition by Missy Higgins!

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Barbra Streisand – When In Rome (I Do as the Romans Do)

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Stephen Holden of the New York Times once said of Carolyn Leigh: “Leigh was Cy Coleman‘s greatest collaborator and the only major American lyricist whose bon mots consistently match Cole Porter’s in capturing an attitude of jaded sophistication fraught with heartbreak. The more pain is exposed, the sharper the wit that covers it up.”

“When In Rome (I Do as the Romans Do)” , one of the more playful of the long string of hits written by the duo, was beautifully debuted by Barbra Streisand on her 1964 album, People. This was Streisand’s fourth solo studio album and her first to hit #1 on the Billboard album chart, spending five weeks in the top spot on it’s way to platinum sales. The impeccable vocal delivery and lush bossa nova inspired production by Cy’s lifelong pal, Michael Berniker earned Barbra a Grammy award for Best Vocal Performance.

We know how a fundador can lead to a few, wishing you all a festive (& safe) summer!

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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
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Frank Sinatra – The Best Is Yet To Come

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This week’s Top Tune is the very definition of a standard and the epitome of cool. This seductive Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh tune has been recorded by many greats including: Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble, and Patty Griffin (just to name a few), but it’s generally associated with Frank Sinatra, who recorded it on his 1964 album, It Might as Well Be Swing.

Sinatra was accompanied by Count Basie and his orchestra and it was the first Sinatra studio recording arranged by a little producer by the name of Quincy Jones. Just add Duke Ellington to the mix, you pretty much have the Mount Rushmore of Swing right there!

It was the last song Sinatra sang in public (Feb 25, 1995) and the words “The Best is Yet to Come” are etched on his tombstone. It’s one of his favorite songs, and one of ours too. The recording is simply lights out.

Available this week and in celebration of the centennial of his birth, Capitol Records presents, Ultimate Sinatra, a 100 song deluxe box set including this week’s tune, and two other Cy Coleman classics, “Witchcraft” (Coleman/Leigh), and “Why Try to Change Me Now” (Coleman/McCarthy). Get yours HERE.

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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.
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