Posts Tagged ‘Big Spender’

Pearl Bailey – Big Spender

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Born in 1918 in Newport News, VA, Pearl Bailey was more than an Emmy-winning actress and a singer. She was an author of six books, received a bachelor’s degree in theology from Georgetown University at the age of 67, and served as special ambassador to the United Nations. Last, but certainly not least, she was funny.

Bailey began singing and dancing in Philadelphia’s black nightclubs in the 1930s, opened for Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington in New York in the 1940s, and made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman in 1946. Bailey recorded a number of sides for Columbia Records in the 40s and didn’t return to the label until 1966 cutting “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and this week’s signature comedic take on “Big Spender”, both written by composer Cy Coleman and lyricist Dorothy Fields for the hit musical Sweet Charity.

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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 Sony Music Group.

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Peggy Lee – Big Spender

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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, Sweet Charity literally reinvented the look and sound of contemporary musical theater.

Of the many standards that came out of the show, “Big Spender” remains one of musical theater’s most memorable classics. Originally immortalized on the original cast record, the tune has been covered and sampled by a very diverse group over the years: from Shirley Bassey to Queen, and Sam Phillips to Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, Jay Z and A$AP Rocky to name a few.

This week’s version was the original pop cut, a Top 10 AC hit for Peggy Lee featuring an impeccable arrangement by Dave Grusin.

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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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Royal Exchange Theatre Presents: Sweet Charity

MRE 1024x755 Royal Exchange Theatre Presents: Sweet CharityThe Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester UK Presents Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields, Neil Simon, and Bob Fosse‘s hit musical Sweet Charity: December 3 – January 28th. With a score full of big numbers (Big Spender, Rhythm of Life, If My Friends Could See Me Now) this Broadway classic will be brought roaring into the Exchange this Christmas by the team behind our hit production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Click HERE for tickets and info.

Sweet Charity is one of the best musicals ever written and defined a decade. Audiences can expect brilliant performances, stunning choreography – and brass. Lots of brass… I can’t stop listening to the score – it’s hit after hit. Every department at the Exchange pulled out all the stops for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and I can’t wait to work with them all again.” Derek Bond, Director

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Peggy Lee – I’m In Love Again

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Peggy Lee and composer Cy Coleman‘s artistic and personal relationship lasted for decades. From late night parties with pals Cary Grant & Dyan Cannon, to night club sets, tv specials & rewarding recording sessions birthing #1 Pop Hits such as her iconic rendition of Coleman/Fields’ “Big Spender“. Peggy added Cy to a distinguished group of collaborators in Victor Young, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, and Johnny Mandel linking her poetic lyrical abilities with Coleman’s compositional wizardry for a string of 1960s Lee-Coleman penned classics like “That’s My Style”, “Then Was Then and Now is Now”, and “That’s What it Takes”.

Lee routinely released two wholly new albums every year at Capitol Records between 1957-1972. This week’s tune is the title track from her first 1964 offering, another Coleman/Lee classic with punchy arrangements by Dick Hazard, Shorty Rogers and Bill Holeman considered some of the finest of her very prolific decade.

Check out this supremely moving 2009 rendition by Missy Higgins!

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Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman, Bill Schluger) / Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing (ASCAP) / contact: Sean McGraw/ seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com

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Master controlled by Capitol Records/UMG

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