(click song title above to listen)
I have a feeling that beneath the little halo on your noble head,
There lies a thought or two the devil might be interested to know.
You’re like the finish of a novel that I’ll finally have to take to bed,
You fas-ci-nate me so.
This week’s Top Tune deserved an encore performance because it is also the most-appropriate title of the debut of author Andy Propst’s excellent and in-depth new biography, You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman available this week from Applause Theatre & Cinema Books.
The book takes readers into the world of Tony, Grammy, and Emmy-winning composer/performer Cy Coleman, exploring his days as a child prodigy in the 1930s, his time as a hot jazz pianist and early television celebrity in the 1950s, and his life as one of Broadway’s preeminent composers. An unstoppable creative force, Coleman penned standards such as “Witchcraft”, “The Best is Yet to Come”, and “Big Spender” and wrote such musicals as Sweet Charity, I Love My Wife, On the Twentieth Century, and City of Angels yet his life has gone entirely unexplored until now. Includes interviews with collaborators, musicians, performers, family and the friends who immortalized his work on record & stage. Click HERE to order.
While reading the book, check out this interactive website for a full discography of Cy Coleman’s tunes including audio clips of rare tracks and a wealth of information on his produced musicals, unproduced musicals, and commissioned work.
Also, coming May 26th for the first time on CD, Harbinger Records/Musical Theatre Project brings you 28 rare recordings sung by the man himself. From The Second Disc: “The set includes rarities like “The Laarge Daark Aardvark Song” co-written with late comedy hero Allan Sherman, and Coleman’s own rendition of his early pop hit “Why Try to Change Me Now” recently interpreted by Bob Dylan on his Shadows in the Night! A must-have”. Order HERE.
Contact & Licensing:
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / firstname.lastname@example.org
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
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Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Capitol Records. Contact: Doug James / firstname.lastname@example.org