Posts Tagged ‘Blossom Dearie’

Blossom Dearie – Sweet Georgie Fame

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Blossom Dearie had a decades-long cult following as a musicians’ musician. Born in the foothills of the Catskill mountains, Dearie moved to NYC in the mid-1940s where she became part of the jazz scene, hanging out with Miles Davis, his arranger Gil Evans, and saxophonist Gerry Mulligan. Blossom moved to Paris in the 1950s where she worked with Annie Ross and her eight-piece vocal group the Blue Stars.

Dearie met impresario Norman Ganz who had become a fan of her girlish voice, unusual choice of material, and jazz-influenced style of singing. Ganz started Verve Records in 1956 and invited her to return to NY. She began her solo career with a half-dozen Verve albums and performed in jazz clubs and her first television appearance on the Tonight Show with Jack Paar.

Another of her favorite cities called her back across the Atlantic where she set up shop in London with famed residencies at Ronnie Scott’s and Annie’s Room. This week’s top tune comes from her 1970 album That’s Just the Way I Want to Be and is notable that for the first time, the focus is on Dearie as a songwriter.

Blossom pays tribute to her favorite British rock singers with “Dusty Springfield”, “Hey John” (Lennon), and “Sweet Georgie Fame”. Fame, a rhythm and blues and jazz singer, had a string of #1 hits in the 1960s plus a version of Bobby Hebb‘s “Sunny” that made #13 in 1966. Georgie continues to perform to this day often working with Van Morrison and Bill Wyman.

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Written by Blossom Dearie & Sandra Harris
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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
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Universal Music Group.

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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)
Administered by Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
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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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