Posts Tagged ‘Atlantic Records’

Mabel Mercer – Isn’t He Adorable?

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Mabel Mercer was an elegant British lady from Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, who had sung her way into the rich and fashionable bistro society of London and Paris. Classically trained in voice, she became the darling of the roving geniuses of the restless 1920s. Hemingway, Sartre, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edith Piaf, Cole Porter, and Gertrude Stein came every night to legendary Bricktop’s and sat at her feet.

Mabel made her New York debut in 1938 and began a club residency that lasted twenty years. Her growing legion of fans and notable influence on Frank Sinatra, Lena Horn, Billie Holiday, and Nat King Cole led to a deal with Atlantic Records in 1956 where she recorded several LPs during the next decade.

It was said Mercer couldn’t be paid to sing a song in which she didn’t believe in and had a knack for picking up top-quality songs that expressed a wide range of emotions, many yet to to be published. She introduced Bart Howard’s “Fly Me to the Moon”, Ted Redding’s “The End of a Love Affair” and many early songs by Cy Coleman including this week’s Top Tune. Composer Alec Wilder called her “the guardian of the tenuous dreams created by writers of songs”.

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Contact & Licensing Info
Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP)
Contact: Damon Booth, Administered by Big Deal Music Group
Contact: Jennifer Falco/
For Joseph McCarthy: Spirit Songs (ASCAP).
Master controlled by Warner Music Group.

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Bobby Short – It Amazes Me

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Cabaret singer Bobby Short was a long tenured champion of The Great American Songbook with a 35 year run at the esteemed Cafe Carlyle in New York City. A favorite performer of Woody Allen’s, Short recorded a full album of Cy Coleman repertoire in 1963 for Atlantic Records entitled, My Personal Property.

A close musical friend of an earlier generation of writers such as Cole Porter, Noel Coward, George Gershwin, and Rodgers & Hart, Short shows “he is worthy of such company as important Coleman interpreters as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett” says William Ruhlmann of AllMusic, “and demontrates that Coleman and Carolyn Leigh are worthy of the company of the classic songwriters he usually covers”.

This week’s tune is one of our favorite ballads of all time and was also recorded over the years by Tony Bennett, Shirley Horn, Blossom Dearie, and Liza Minnelli.

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Contact & Licensing:
Master Controlled by Warner Music Group

Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman) / Contact: Damon Booth – Administered by Downtown Music Publishing ASCAP. Contact / Sean McGraw/

Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc. ASCAP

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Sylvia Syms – On Second Thought

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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.

“On Second Thought” is a heartbreaker of a tune written by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh & was produced by Nesuhi Ertegun for Atlantic Records in 1976. Judy Garland once made Sylvia sing it 16 times at a New Year’s Eve party but would never record it because she insisted Sylvia was the only singer in the world who could sing it properly. It’s a perfect example of a great saloon song sung by one of the best in the business.

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Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth /
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw /
Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc/Sony ATV Music Publishing.
Original Master Controlled by Warner Music Group

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Wale – The Need To Know ft. SZA

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One year ago today, D.C. rapper Wale dropped the first single from his fourth studio album, The Album About Nothing on Maybach/Atlantic Records. A continuation of Wale’s Seinfeld-themed mixtape series, the album would go on to debut at number one on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The mag described the album as his “most personal piece of work to date, and also his best”.

Wale creates a poignant commentary on his existence throughout the album with those of (friend & fan) Jerry Seinfeld, acting as narrator, doing the same. Listening to “The Need To Know” takes you back to Seinfeld episode ‘The Deal’ (Season 2, Ep.9) where Jerry & Elaine try and resume just the sex part of their past relationship without ruining the friendship. Wale can relate. Can you dig the killer guest vocal by SZA inspired by the great 2000 hit single, “Just Friends (Sunny)” by Musiq Soulchild? We know that you can!

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Contact & Licensing info:
Master controlled by Maybach Music/Atlantic Records.
Written by: Bobby Hebb, Taalib Johnson, Carvin Haggins, Olubowale Akintimehin, Julian Gramma.
Published by: Portable Music Co. (BMI) & Notable Music Co. (ASCAP), administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw –
and WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Julian Gramma (SOCAN).

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