Posts Tagged ‘1966’

Sylvia Syms – Poor Everybody Else

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Frank Sinatra loved saloon singers. In fact, it’s all he said that he wanted to be. One he loved most of all was the singer of this week’s top tune, Sylvia Syms. Syms sang tough, sentimental songs in joints in Harlem and on New York’s 52nd Street for years and as a teenager received informal training from the likes of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie. Sinatra became such huge fan that he later personally conducted one of her albums.

This week’s tune was recorded by Sylvia for Columbia Records and released in support of composer Cy Coleman and lyricist Dorothy Fields‘ smash 1966 Broadway musical Sweet Charity. Columbia who also had the original cast album, went all out in its single’s barrage of the score. Recordings by Barbra Streisand (“Where Am I Going?”, “You Wanna Bet”), Tony Bennett (“Baby Dream Your Dream”), Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme (“If My Friends Could See Me Now”), Jerry Vale (“Too Many Tomorrows”) all notched Top 40 Easy Listening chart positions in time for the show’s debut on Broadway. Interestingly, “Poor Everybody Else” would be cut from this particular show but found a home a few years later in 1973′s Seesaw based on the William Gibson play, Two For the Seesaw.

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Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP) & Aldi Music (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
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Barbara McNair – On the Other Side of the Tracks

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“For those who know where The Niceness lives, they’ll find it’s moved in here. Twelve good songs rendered warm as the heart of a tree. All by Barbara, who’ll sing you no lies.” – Mel Torme

Barbara McNair‘s 1966 album I Enjoy Being a Girl was recorded in three distinct sessions. The first featured strings and a second, a tight-knit group of four trombones. The last included an impressive big, blowing, fifteen-man horn section that contains this week’s Top Tune.

“On the Other Side of the Tracks” with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, was one of three written by the pair and masterfully recorded by McNair for the album. It would be the last project she would do for Warner Bros. Records before jumping ship to Motown.

McNair ended her Motown run with a pair of 1968 singles “Would I Be Without You” and “You Could Never Love Him” before turning her attention to a budding film & tv career. She would host her own syndicated variety series The Barbara McNair Show, co-star with Elvis Presley in the 1969 film Change of Habit, and prominently appear opposite Sidney Poitier in 1970′s They Call Me Mister Tibbs!. McNair continued to act and to headline nightclubs until her passing in 2007.

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Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
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Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Warner Music Group.

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Damita Jo – I Live My Love

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Damita Jo carries her own spotlight, along with a moonbeam, about a square mile of sunlight, and a bolt of lightning. They’re all in her fabulous voice, ready to light up, warm up, or kick up in a shower of sparks–depending entirely on the mood of the song.” From the liner notes of her 1966 Epic Records release Midnight Session: Damita Jo Live at Basin Street East.

The music and lyrics are by Cy Coleman, the artist is Damita Jo DuBlanc, an R&B star best known for the million-selling 1960 smash “I’ll Save the Last Dance for You”. Born in Austin Texas and raised in Santa Barbara California, Damita Jo charted several more hits in the early-mid 60s and worked with Ray Charles, Redd Foxx, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Billy Eckstine, and Bobby Tucker before turning to performing contemporary gospel for the remainder of her career. The song is one of the few with both words & music by Coleman and would also be recorded by jazz singers Arthur Prysock and Madeleine Peyroux.

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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
Master Controlled by Sony Music Group.

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Peggy Lee – Big Spender

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1966 saw the debut of the iconic hit musical Sweet Charity on Broadway. Combining the music of Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, the direction and choreography of the legendary Bob Fosse, and a book written by Neil Simon, Sweet Charity literally reinvented the look and sound of contemporary musical theater.

Of the many standards that came out of the show, “Big Spender” remains one of musical theater’s most memorable classics. Originally immortalized on the original cast record, the tune has been covered and sampled by a very diverse group over the years: from Shirley Bassey to Queen, and Sam Phillips to Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, Jay Z and A$AP Rocky to name a few.

This week’s version was the original pop cut, a Top 10 AC hit for Peggy Lee featuring an impeccable arrangement by Dave Grusin.

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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 Universal Music Group.

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