Posts Tagged ‘1964’

Rosemary Clooney – The Rules of the Road

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Thanks for Nothing was Rosemary Clooney‘s only album recorded for Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Records and the last full-length lp she recorded until 1977. Arguably considered the last of her great albums, this 1964 work was arranged by Bob Thompson (Duane Eddy, Van Dyke Parks, Phil Ochs) and doesn’t pull a lot of punches lyrically.

The stresses of her personal life at the time are said to be audible on many of the tracks. Her masterful delivery on the brilliant Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh song “The Rules of the Road” just one clear example. Some of us will miss a bend in the road or two but will keep on driving. That’s how it goes, you live and you learn the rules of the road.

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Contact & Licensing:
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
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Warner Music Group.

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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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Contact & Licensing:
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 Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Sony Music Group.

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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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Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman, Bill Schluger) / Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing (ASCAP) / contact: Sean McGraw/ seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com

Publishing controlled by Denslow Music, Inc. Inc (Peggy Lee) / Administered by Universal Music – MGB Songs (ASCAP) /
Master controlled by Capitol Records/UMG

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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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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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