Posts Tagged ‘Bing Crosby’

Blossom Dearie – Doop Doo De Doop (A Doodlin’ Song)

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As summer winds down we bring you a tune that was a big hit for Blossom Dearie in 1958 from her stellar album Once Upon A Summertime. Her trio consisted of Mundell Lowe on guitar and the ace rhythm section of Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums.

A sassy mashup of the Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh-penned classic with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club‘s “Spread Your Love” appeared in this beloved ad for The Cosmopolitan Hotel – Las Vegas.

We leave you with a classic live clip of the tune featuring Peggy Lee & Bing Crosby.

Summertime, we hardly knew ye!

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Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
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Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
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Bing Crosby – Witchcraft

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Bing Crosby exerted an important influence on the development of the modern recording industry. While performing extensively for the troops in WWII, Crosby had witnessed and became fascinated with tape recording. The Crosby Research Foundation would come to have many patents. In 1947, he invested $50,000 in the Ampex company, which built North America’s first commercial reel-to-reel tape recorder. He left NBC to work for ABC because NBC was not interested in recording at the time. Crosby then became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and along with Frank Sinatra, was one of the principal backers behind the famous United Western Recorders recording complex in Los Angeles.

In keeping with the Sinatra Centennial Celebration and to mark the beginning of summer, this week’s Top Tune comes from the swingin’ concept album, Bing Sings The Sinatra Songbook, a collection of songs connected with Frank culled from Bing’s personal archives. Bing Crosby’s organically different approach on many of these Sinatra classics is on particular display with “Witchcraft” which he recorded in a shuffling ballpark-like style on April 3, 1958 in Palm Springs, California for his weekly Ford Road Show radio broadcast.

Bing’s recording of the Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh standard comes one year after Frank’s debut recording which earned six Grammy nominations and is most recently heard in the hit film and gold-selling soundtrack to Fifty Shades of Grey. Salute!

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Published by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
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Publishing (Carolyn Leigh) controlled by Morley Music Co c/o MPL Communications Inc / contact: inquiry@mplcommunications.com
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The Andrews Sisters – Melancholy Moon

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“Oh my love the world without you is a world that’s out of tune”…The Andrews Sisters toured extensively during the 1940s entertaining Allied troops during WWII. Working with the likes of Bing Crosby, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Bette Davis, John Garfield, and Jules Stein, the trio volunteered their talents and lent their efforts to help establish L.A.’s famous Hollywood Canteen, a retreat for servicemen. The three sisters from Minneapolis first big break came in 1937 when they were signed to Decca Records. By 1940 the trio were signed by Universal Pictures. They appeared in more than a dozen films and are said to have sold more than 75 million records becoming one of the most popular female vocal groups of the first half of the 20th century.

The trio broke up in 1951 & then reunited in 1956 signing a new recording deal with Capitol Records. The sisters recorded a dozen singles for the label through 1959 including this week’s timeless Melancholy Moon written by Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh. The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998.

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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.
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Master controlled by Capitol Records. Contact: Doug James / doug.james@umusic.com

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Blossom Dearie – Doop Doo De Doop (A Doodlin’ Song)

Originally written for the Dick Van Dyke Show, this Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh tune became a big hit for Blossom Dearie in 1958 and again later for Peggy Lee. Blossom’s trio on Once Upon A Summertime consists of Mundell Lowe on guitar and the great rhythm section of Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums.

You might recognize the tune most recently as a mash-up with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s “Spread Your Love” in this ad for The Cosmopolitan Hotel – Las Vegas.

Here’s a live clip featuring Bing Crosy & Peggy Lee.

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Happy 4th of July!

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Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman)
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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 Universal Music Group / http://www.universalfilmandtvmusic.com

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