Posts Tagged ‘1967’

Robert Mitchum – Sunny

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Legendary tough guy on and off-screen, Robert Mitchum was associated with the post-war film noir thriller. His heavy-lidded manner was a deceptively casual, disguising potent screen presence. Mitchum’s canon of antiheroes he portrayed on film during during the 1950s and 1960s (The Night of the Hunter, Cape Fear) are likely the blueprints for what led to Gibson’s Mad Max, Jean Reno in The Professional, Michael Douglas in Falling Down, and Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood to name a few.

What might be less well known are Mitchum’s forays into music as both singer and composer. His voice was often used instead of a professional singer when his character sang in films (Rachel and the Stranger, River of no Return, Lord Invader). Mitchum recorded an album for Capitol Records while filming Heaven Kows, Mr. Allison in the Carribean islands of Tobago called Calypso. A year later he recorded a song he had written for Thunder Road, titled “The Ballad of Thunder Road” becoming a modest hit.

In 1967 Mitchum’s follow-up record, That Man, Robert Mitchum Sings was released by Nashville’s Monument Records. Trekking further into country music, the first single “Little Old Wine Drinker Me” was a top-10 hit at radio. The album was hugely successful for the actor and includes a pop ballad composed by Mitchum entitled “Whippoorwill” in a style similar to Dean Martin’s county recordings. The liner notes are by Johnny Mercer who observed: “The same carefree attractiveness that you find in his acting, you will find on this Monument album. The same independence of spirit. What some would call a ‘maverick,’ I would call a ‘free palamino…’.” Dig track 3 from Side-B of that album, Mitchum’s laid-back take on Bobby Hebb‘s classic “Sunny”!

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Contact & Licensing info:

“Sunny” written by Bobby Hebb and Published by Portable Music Co. Inc. (BMI). 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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Dusty Springfield – Where Am I Going

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Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields‘ score for the legendary hit musical Sweet Charity spawned many memorable numbers (“Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now” among them), but along the way one of the show’s most moving ballads has criminally been little heard outside of the theater in the past couple of decades: the plaintive closing solo “Where Am I Going.”

The song has been covered by an impressive list of vocalists over the years: Barbara Streisand charted with the song early in her career, and soulful divas ranging from Dionne Warwick, Mary Wells and Kim Weston all committed defining interpretations to wax. For today, we decided to present one of our favorite takes… this one from the Queen of blue-eyed soul, the inimitable Dusty Springfield. The track provided the album title for Springfield’s 1967 release, and her reading of the tune is exactly what you’d expect – a lush soulful ballad fronted by one of the most unmistakable female voices of the last century.

Fifty years after it first premiered on Broadway, Tony winner Sutton Foster (TV’s Bunheads, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes), will star in the New Group‘s revival of Sweet Charity Autumn 2016. Leigh Silverman’s intimate staging of the classic will begin previews in November at Off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center featuring choreography by Joshua Bergasse. For more information and to order tickets click HERE.

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Contact & Licensing info:
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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Laine Kazan – Sweet Talk

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It was 1967, the year of Mike Nichols’ The Graduate and Casino Royale, a satire which starred David Niven as the “original” Sir James Bond and featured an acclaimed score by Burt Bacharach. It’s also the year MGM Records released the album that contains this week’s slinky Top Tune, “Sweet Talk”.

Laine Kazan made herself famous as a sexy nightclub singer. She got her start on stage as an understudy for Barbra Streisand in Broadway’s Funny Girl. Kazan’s acting career began when her old college pal Francis Ford Coppola offered her a part in One From the Heart, which led to numerous television and film credits including a Golden Globe nomination for My Favorite Year and an Emmy nomination for St. Elsewhere. Kazan performed on The Dean Martin Show a record 26 times and eventually she had her own NBC variety show. She would eventually open two nightclubs, Lainie’s Room in Los Angeles and Lainie’s Room East in New York. Kazan continues to act on Broadway, in TV & films, and performs in nightclubs to this day.

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Contact & Licensing Info
“Sweet Talk” was written by Cy Coleman & Floyd Huddleston – 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 Universal Music Group.

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