Posts Tagged ‘Blossom Dearie’

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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Fiona Apple – I Walk A Little Faster

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Reprinted from: Just Around the Corner by Jonathan Schwartz (radio host & music historian) Dec 19, 1988 New York Magazine:

“Benches in Central Park, baloney on a roll, the arrogant thrust of Sinatra‘s making it, the New York City of song. Bart Howard’s ‘Walk Up, Vernon Duke’s ‘Autumn in New York’, Rodgers and Hart’s ‘Manhattan,’ and dozens of others speak of our city, of falling in and out of love, of conquering the town, of finding a spot for oneself, of leaving forever.”

“For me, the most romantic of all, made without baloney or glittering crowds in canyons of steel, is “I Walk A Little Faster” by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. Its lyric is aware of quiet panic, of relentless aloneness, of the pale glimmer of hope.”

“The song speaks of unrequited love…to the possibilities of a new love: ‘Can’t begin to see my future shine as yet,/No sign as yet, you’re mine as yet./Rushing t’ward a face I can’t divine as yet’.”

“It’s been lovingly recorded by Tony Bennett and precious few others, but the song is out there dressed for whatever occasion you have in mind. The simple, plaintive melody is typical Coleman. “I Walk A Little Faster” is precisely urban, peculiar only to our specific streets, ill at ease with out-of-town.” concludes Schwartz. “It’s a taxi in the rain with no off-duty sign. It’s Hamburger Heaven forever.”

. Recorded by Fiona Apple at Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood CA 2008, produced by Dave Palmer, mixed by Tom Elmhirst, London UK. You can purchase it HERE.

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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)
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Peggy Lee – A Doodlin’ Song

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Classically trained pianist and later the grand host of NYC’s cabaret scene, Julius Monk, staged a succession of revues at the Upstairs At The Downstairs on West 56th Street in Manhattan. From the mid-1950s through the mid-1960s, Monk’s annual revues are said to have established the standard for New York cabaret. Singers and collaborators who frequently performed or worked with Monk included Robert Downey, Sr., Sylvia Syms, Blossom Dearie, Imogene Coca, and Liberace to name a few.

It was Blossom Dearie who first recorded this week’s Top Tune and “whose willowy voice had begun attracting devoted fans through the fifties and was a favorite of Julius Monk” writes Andy Propst, author of the new comprehensive bio You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman. The song would enjoy subsequent recordings but probably the most famous was this version by Peggy Lee in 1963 which was a B-side to her single “Got That Magic” on Capitol Records. Lee was inspired to use the song after encountering it for the first time in one of Monk’s revues.


You can hear a bit of Dearie’s version in this sweet mash-up with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s “Spread Your Love” for the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas.

Here’s a great vintage clip by Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke and Sylvia Lewis.

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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 – I Walk A Little Faster

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But even though I meet
at each and every corner

with nothing but disaster
I set my chin a little higher
I hope a little longer
Build a little stronger
Castle in the air. And thinking you’ll be there
I walk a little faster

The New York Times once described Blossom Dearie as “an interpretive minimalist with caviar taste in songs and musicians, she was a genre unto herself”.

This week’s Top Tune comes from our favorite of the six albums Blossom recorded for the Verve label, 1958′s Give Him the Ooh-La-La. Recorded at the high point of her recording career (all six Verve albums are considered cult classics), the album features an all-star lineup of stellar jazz musicians including Jo Jones (drums), Ray Brown (bass), Herb Ellis (guitar) and Dearie’s own masterful piano playing.

A great interpreter of The Great American Songbook, Dearie’s romantic delivery of the great Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh ballad “I Walk A Little Faster” is tops with us, possibly only equalled by Fiona Apple‘s version in 2009.

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Contact & Licensing:
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 Verve Records. Contact: Doug James / doug.james@umusic.com

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