Posts Tagged ‘Billy May’

Nancy Wilson – I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life

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Wilson’s debut single, “Guess Who I Saw Today”, was so successful that between 1960 and 1962, Capitol Records released five Nancy Wilson albums. The song appears on the gem of a jazz album, Something Wonderful, rooted in blues and swing courtesy of her soul-drenched tone and famed big-band arranger, Billy May. Only 23 years old at the time, Wilson shines on the bitter-sweet ballad “I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life” first recorded by Nat “King” Cole & written by Cy Coleman and Joseph McCarthy.

This superb album was unforgivingly out-of-print for decades but was remastered & reissued in 2004 by Blue Note Records. A brilliant work of blues, swing & jazz featuring the great tenor legend Ben Webster, Shelly Manne on drums, Jack Marshall on guitar, and Justin Gordon on flute. “They Call It Stormy Monday” is particularly killer, the whole album is well worth seeking out!

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Contact & Licensing Info:

Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth info@notablemusic.net, Administered by Downtown Music Publishing contact: seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com and Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
Master controlled by Blue Note Records. Contact: Doug James / doug.james@umusic.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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Contact & Licensing info:

“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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Nat King Cole – Rules of the Road

Nat King Cole could have and should have introduced this great Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh classic tune to the world when it was recorded in November of 1961. But Tony Bennett and Lena Horne got to beat him to it when Capitol Records decided to hold the release of the breathtaking Billy May-arranged lp, Let’s Face The Music!, until 1964.

Fans eventually reveled in a double-dose of Cole’s trademark soft, romantic delivery combined with May’s explosively punchy jazz orchestrations. Cole after all had his roots set deeply in jazz and May was said to have a sentimental streak a mile wide. The end result is a joy to hear in this sarcastic & slangy ode to the winding roads of romance.

Check out this great Nikka Costa rendition from the 2009 tribute album, The Best is Yet to Come, The Songs of Cy Coleman produced by Dave Palmer.

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Contact & Licensing Info
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
http://www.emimusicpub.com/licensing/index.php
Master controlled by Capitol Records/Universal: Don Terbush / don.terbush@umusic.com

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Peggy Lee – You Fascinate Me So

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.

So sings Peggy Lee on this weeks Top Tune, from her hit 1960 lp, Pretty Eyes.

Arranged and conducted by Billy May, the song was composed by Cy Coleman with the wonderfully clever and hedonistic sophistication of one of the greatest wordsmiths of all time, Carolyn Leigh. The tune was first cut by Cy himself with his trio on 1958′s Cool Coleman, soon followed by a hit Blossom Dearie version in 1959.

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Check out Notable’s own Sam Phillips‘ take on the classic from 2009′s Cy Coleman tribute album, The Best Is Yet To Come. Stay fascinated!

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Master controlled by EMI Music Group / http://www.emicapsm.com/contact.aspx
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman) contact: Damon Booth info@notablemusic.net
Administered by BMG Chrysalis
Contact: Wendy.Griffiths@bmgchrysalis.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
http://www.emimusicpub.com/licensing/index.php

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