Posts Tagged ‘1965’

Buddy Greco – Sweet Pussycat

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As a young man, South Philly’s Buddy Greco spent a few years under the tutelage of none other than famed bandleader Benny Goodman. He was offered jobs for much more money but was urged by his father, an opera critic, to “go with Mr. Goodman and learn your craft, you’re going to thank me!”

He must have thanked Dad because as a jazz pianist, vocalist, and Las Vegas headliner, Greco recorded more than 60 albums and had hits with “The Lady Is A Tramp”, “Girl Talk”, and “MacArthur Park”. He often sat in with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. of the Rat Pack and collaborated with Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Lena Horne, and many more.

Before jumping ship to Sinatra’s Reprise Records in 1966, Buddy recorded this week’s top tune with a 60-piece symphony orchestra in London for Epic Records. The great chromatic build up is the perfect soundtrack to your loungy martini-fueled summer evenings, no?

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Written by Cy Coleman & Bill Schluger.
Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master controlled by Sony Music Group.

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Peggy Lee – Then Was Then & Now is Now

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Peggy Lee was one of the few jazz & pop legends of the post-swing era who was also an accomplished songwriter. She wrote the lyrics to many of her hit singles as well as songs for motion pictures including songs included in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp (1955), Anatomy of a Murder w/Duke Ellington, Carl Reiner’s The Russians Are Coming! The Russians are Coming! (1966), and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968).

One of Lee’s favorite composers was Cy Coleman, with whom she had teamed up with for much of the 1960′s and beyond. In 1965 she released her twenty-first album for Capitol Records, Then Was Then And Now Is Now, whose title track is this week’s Top Tune with music by Coleman. The album was another success for Peggy Lee who continued to make the transition from the big-band jazz era into the mod post-British Invasion pop world. Lee showcases a wide and eclectic mix of jazz melodies and intimate interpretations of covers ranging from the Kinks’ Ray Davies-penned “I Go to Sleep” to Willie Dixon‘s “Seventh Son”.

This week’s tune would go on to be recorded by the likes of Tony Bennett, Blossom Dearie, and in 2009 a particularly stunning version by Shivaree’s Ambrosia Parsley.

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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 Denslow Music, Inc. Inc (Peggy Lee)
Administered by Universal Music Publishing – MGB Songs (ASCAP)
Master controlled by Universal Music Group

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Marian Montgomery – Love Is An Old Maid’s Dream

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David Cavanaugh‘s unremittingly swinging arrangements for this album highlight a top notch band featuring brass by Dave Wells and Milt Bernhart, Plas Johnson on tenor sax, and Jack Marshall and Bob Bain on guitars. Recorded at Capitol’s Studio A in August of 1964, this week’s top tune by Cy Coleman and Joseph McCarthy also features Coleman himself on the piano.

The singer is Marian Montgomery who hails from Natchez Mississippi and began her career performing in clubs in Atlanta and Chicago. Her big break came when Peggy Lee was listening to her audition tape in the company of an A&R man from Capitol Records suggesting “forget the song and sign the singer”! Montgomery released three albums on Capitol in the early to mid 1960s and counted Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra among her fans before marrying English pianist Laurie Holloway and relocating to the UK.

Marian became resident singer throughout the 1970s on a hit British chat show hosted by Michael Parkinson and continued to perform sold-out club shows until her death in 2002. The Guardian claimed glowingly “she was possessed of a sumptuously elegant, lingeringly low-lit voice, a subtle understanding of jazz time, and an alertness to the musicians around her.” Check her out for yourself right HERE.

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Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP) Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing.
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
For Joseph McCarthy: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
Master Controlled by Universal Music Group.

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Robert Goulet – I Can’t Let You Go

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Robert Goulet became a huge Broadway star in 1960 following his debut role in Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot. The original cast album was America’s top-selling LP for 60 weeks and became associated with the Camelot-like Kennedy Administration.

Numerous appearances on The Danny Thomas Show and The Ed Sullivan Show made Goulet a household name. He followed several more starring roles on Broadway with a long successful career in TV and Film including memorable roles in hits like Beetlejuice, Scrooged, The Simpsons, and Toy Story 2.

Goulet recorded this week’s Top Tune in 1965 for Columbia Records. The tune was originally written for the Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields hit musical, Sweet Charity but was later cut from the score in favor of “Too Many Tomorrows” recorded by label-mate Jerry Vale. It’s a rare & shiny gem from one of the suavest baritones of the 20th Century!

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Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP) & Lida Enterprises (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master controlled by Sony / http://www.sonymusiclicensing.com/

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