Posts Tagged ‘1969’

Joe Stilgoe – The Rhythm of Life

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The Rhythm Of Life is a powerful beat
Puts a tingle in your fingers and a tingle in your feet

One of our favorite tunes around the Notable offices, “The Rhythm of Life,” is classic Cy Coleman Broadway. An undeniably happy beat drives this tune that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Written by Coleman and Dorothy Fields for the 1966 hit Broadway musical Sweet Charity, a show that reinvented Broadway, remains one of musical theatre’s most revered classics.

The tune’s iconic 1969 performance was by none other than Sammy Davis Jr. for Charity’s film adaptation. A couple of years later soulful versions by the likes of Motown royalty Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations would hit the airwaves, exposing this classic to a whole new audience.

This week we give you Joe Stilgoe‘s stellar performance from his new album Songs on Film: The Sequel. Flip your wings and fly to Daddy!

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Sammy Davis Jr – If My Friends Could See Me Now

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, “Charity” literally reinvented the look and sound of contemporary musical theatre. Of the many standards that came out of the play, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” remains one of musical theater’s most hummable classics. Originally immortalized by Gwen Verdon in the play and original cast record (and later by the star of the film adaptation, Shirley Maclaine), “Friends” had been covered by a select few over the years: Pearl Bailey and Dr John both put their stamps on unique covers; Curtis Mayfield produced a cover by Linda Clifford in 1978 which reached #1 on the Disco chart. But here we present you with Sammy Davis Jr’s defining take from 1969… cool, swingin’ and sung as only Sammy could.

Lyrics to “If My Friends Could See Me Now” HERE!
Check out this clip of a flash mob surprising New York shoppers with a street theatre interpretation. Amazing. Check it HERE!

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Master controlled by Warner Music Group (Sammy Davis Jr)
Published by Notable Music Co. Inc. and Lida Enterprises (ASCAP) / Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. /Administered by BMG Rights Management / contact:

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