Posts Tagged ‘Bobby Short’

Bobby Short – It Amazes Me

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Cabaret singer Bobby Short was a long tenured champion of The Great American Songbook with a 35 year run at the esteemed Cafe Carlyle in New York City. A favorite performer of Woody Allen’s, Short recorded a full album of Cy Coleman repertoire in 1963 for Atlantic Records entitled, My Personal Property.

A close musical friend of an earlier generation of writers such as Cole Porter, Noel Coward, George Gershwin, and Rodgers & Hart, Short shows “he is worthy of such company as important Coleman interpreters as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett” says William Ruhlmann of AllMusic, “and demontrates that Coleman and Carolyn Leigh are worthy of the company of the classic songwriters he usually covers”.

This week’s tune is one of our favorite ballads of all time and was also recorded over the years by Tony Bennett, Shirley Horn, Blossom Dearie, and Liza Minnelli.

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Contact & Licensing:
Master Controlled by Warner Music Group

Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman) / Contact: Damon Booth – Administered by Downtown Music Publishing ASCAP. Contact / Sean McGraw/

Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc. ASCAP

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Louis Armstrong – Hey, Look Me Over

The 1960 play WIldcat is significant not only as the Broadway debut for Lucille Ball (arguably the biggest star on the planet at the time), but also as it marked Cy Coleman’s first foray into the world of musical theatre… a community in which he would soon become one of it’s most legendary and prolific figures.

The play was an instant hit… but it’s doubtful at the time that anyone would guess that the show’s opening number would go on to achieve such iconic status. “Hey, Look Me Over” became an instant hit, and was subsequently recorded by a “who’s who” of the era’s stars: Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Short, The Lettermen, Judy Garland, Mel Tormé, and Peggy Lee, among many others. A personal favorite is the reading by the one and only Louis Armstrong, presented here.

Since 1962, Louisiana residents and football fans in general undoubtedly know the tune as “Hey, Fighting Tigers,”… LSU got Cy and co-writer Carolyn Leigh’s permission to adapt the song as LSU’s official school song (with new lyrics from Leigh), and it remains one of the more recognizable sports anthems to this day.

Watch two legendary ladies performing this iconic tune:
Watch a rare live TV performance from Judy Garland.
Here’s Lucille Ball and her Wildcat costar performing the first act on the Ed Sullivan show, taped during the play’s Broadway run.

Contact & Licensing info:
Louis Armstrong Master controlled by Universal Music Group /
Judy Garland Master controlled by Savoy/Denon / contact:
Lucille Ball Master controlled by Sony /
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co.(Cy Coleman) / Administered by BMG Rights Management / contact:
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc. /

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