Posts Tagged ‘1968’

Dionne Warwick – Where Am I Going

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Brill Building songwriter Burt Bacharach noticed one particular back up singer on a Drifters session harmonizing on tune he wrote and would sign the singer to the production company he owned with his lyricist partner, Hal David in 1962. Dionne Warwick and her new writing team would go on to make pop music history, scoring massive hits with “Walk On By”, “Make It Easy On Yourself”, “Alfie”, and dozens more. Warwick is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist of all time with over 80 singles making all Billboard charts combined.

This week’s Top Tune appears on her 1968 album Promises, Promises. Her 11th studio album, it was produced by Bacharach and David which included three songs from the musical they composed of the same name. “Where Am I Going” had been a big hit for composer Cy Coleman and lyricist Dorothy Fields from their own smash musical Sweet Charity two years earlier and the tune would enjoy more success with cuts by Barbara Streisand and Dusty Springfield during the same period.

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Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP) & Lida Enterprises (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing.
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Grady Tate – Would You Believe

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Grady Tate, a legendary soul-jazz drummer and singer, may be best known for his session work with some of the finest jazz artists and vocalists of any generation: Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Lena Horne, Astrud Gilberto, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, and Wes Montgomery (to name a few) all used Grady on historic recordings.

Tate – who also served as a key member of the New York Jazz Quartet in the 70s – had a string of critically lauded solo records as well. His debut disc, 1968’s criminally out-of print Windmills Of My Mind, remains a highly collectable vinyl artifact of late 60s soul-jazz.

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Written by Bobby Hebb & Published by Portable Music Company Inc (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth /info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw/seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com

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The Electric Flag – Sunny

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Hey folks, summer is upon us so it feels like it’s about that time for another stellar take on the Bobby Hebb classic tune we love so much…SUNNY!

This week it’s none other than Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Paul Butterfield Blues band alumn, Blues Hall of Fame member, Northside of Chicago’s own scorching guitarist and composer, Mike Bloomfield. Bloomfield was discovered by legendary Columbia Records producer and talent scout John Hammond kicking around blues clubs with Paul Butterfield and Elvin Bishop in the early 1960s. He soon after gained wide recognition for his work as a session musician, particularly with Bob Dylan for his work on Highway 61 Revisited.

Bloomfield relocated to San Francisco and formed the short-lived Electric Flag in 1967. The Flag debuted at the 1967 Monterey Pop Fest and released A Long Time Comin’ in 1968 reaching #31 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart. Sunny one so true, we love you.

Happy Summer everybody!

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Written by Bobby Hebb, Published by Portable Music Co. Inc. (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net.
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com

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Frank Sinatra & Duke Ellington – Sunny

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This year marks the the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s birth. In celebration of The Chairman’s centennial, we will feature many tracks he recorded from our catalog between 1957 until his passing in 1998.

This week we feature Sinatra’s version of the Bobby Hebb classic, “Sunny” which was included on the album Francis A. & Edward K, released this very week in 1968. It was a genius pairing between Sinatra & the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the only studio recordings in existence by these two giants.

Billy Strayhorn was supposed to write the charts but died right before sessions began. So, Billy May was asked to write the charts which he so capably provided on a moment’s notice. The impeccable deftly swinging sound of Ellington’s orchestra backing Frank Sinatra recorded on his 52nd birthday is a magical work. Sunny ones so true, we love you…

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“Sunny” was written by Bobby Hebb. Published by Portable Music Co. (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com. Master Controlled by Warner Music Group http://www.wmgmusiclicensing.com

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