Posts Tagged ‘Burt Bacharach’

Dionne Warwick – Where Am I Going

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Brill Building songwriter Burt Bacharach noticed one particular back up singer on a Drifters session harmonizing on tune he wrote and would sign the singer to the production company he owned with his lyricist partner, Hal David in 1962. Dionne Warwick and her new writing team would go on to make pop music history, scoring massive hits with “Walk On By”, “Make It Easy On Yourself”, “Alfie”, and dozens more. Warwick is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist of all time with over 80 singles making all Billboard charts combined.

This week’s Top Tune appears on her 1968 album Promises, Promises. Her 11th studio album, it was produced by Bacharach and David which included three songs from the musical they composed of the same name. “Where Am I Going” had been a big hit for composer Cy Coleman and lyricist Dorothy Fields from their own smash musical Sweet Charity two years earlier and the tune would enjoy more success with cuts by Barbara Streisand and Dusty Springfield during the same period.

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Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP) & Lida Enterprises (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing.
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master Controlled by Warner Music Group.

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Dusty Springfield – Sunny

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“I’m biased but I just think she was the greatest white singer there has ever been…every song she sang, she claimed as her own”

- declared Elton John in 1999 as he inducted his friend, Dusty Springfield, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two weeks after her death. Really, who could argue with Elton on that point?!

Dusty, also a member of the UK Music Hall of Fame, released the album containing Bobby Hebb‘s soul gem “Sunny” this week back in 1967 on the Phillips label. The lp was originally issued under the title Where Am I Going, the standout title track from the Cy Coleman musical, Sweet Charity but altered in the U.S. as The Look of Love. The latter was a hit Springfield recording of the Bacharach/David composition for the James Bond parady film, Casino Royale.

Springfield, a fan of Hebb, had introduced many little-known soul singers to the attention of a wider UK record-buying audience. She helped usher in the Motown sound with her covers of Motown songs and by facilitating the first UK TV appearance for The Tempatations, The Supremes, The Miracles and Stevie Wonder on a special edition of the Ready Steady Go! show. Dusty opened each show accompanied by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Motown’s in-house band, The Funk Brothers. She rocks a joyous live version of “Sunny” here, check it out!

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“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 Universal Music Group.

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Laine Kazan – Sweet Talk

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It was 1967, the year of Mike Nichols’ The Graduate and Casino Royale, a satire which starred David Niven as the “original” Sir James Bond and featured an acclaimed score by Burt Bacharach. It’s also the year MGM Records released the album that contains this week’s slinky Top Tune, “Sweet Talk”.

Laine Kazan made herself famous as a sexy nightclub singer. She got her start on stage as an understudy for Barbra Streisand in Broadway’s Funny Girl. Kazan’s acting career began when her old college pal Francis Ford Coppola offered her a part in One From the Heart, which led to numerous television and film credits including a Golden Globe nomination for My Favorite Year and an Emmy nomination for St. Elsewhere. Kazan performed on The Dean Martin Show a record 26 times and eventually she had her own NBC variety show. She would eventually open two nightclubs, Lainie’s Room in Los Angeles and Lainie’s Room East in New York. Kazan continues to act on Broadway, in TV & films, and performs in nightclubs to this day.

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Contact & Licensing Info
“Sweet Talk” was written by Cy Coleman & Floyd Huddleston – Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master controlled by Universal Music Group.

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