Posts Tagged ‘Capitol Records’

Peggy Lee – Then Was Then & Now is Now

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Peggy Lee was one of the few jazz & pop legends of the post-swing era who was also an accomplished songwriter. She wrote the lyrics to many of her hit singles as well as songs for motion pictures including songs included in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp (1955), Anatomy of a Murder w/Duke Ellington, Carl Reiner’s The Russians Are Coming! The Russians are Coming! (1966), and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968).

One of Lee’s favorite composers was Cy Coleman, with whom she had teamed up with for much of the 1960′s and beyond. In 1965 she released her twenty-first album for Capitol Records, Then Was Then And Now Is Now, whose title track is this week’s Top Tune with music by Coleman. The album was another success for Peggy Lee who continued to make the transition from the big-band jazz era into the mod post-British Invasion pop world. Lee showcases a wide and eclectic mix of jazz melodies and intimate interpretations of covers ranging from the Kinks’ Ray Davies-penned “I Go to Sleep” to Willie Dixon‘s “Seventh Son”.

This week’s tune would go on to be recorded by the likes of Tony Bennett, Blossom Dearie, and in 2009 a particularly stunning version by Shivaree’s Ambrosia Parsley.

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Contact & Licensing info:

Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman)
Contact: Damon Booth info@notablemusic.net.
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / contact: Sean McGraw seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Denslow Music, Inc. Inc (Peggy Lee)
Administered by Universal Music Publishing – MGB Songs (ASCAP)
Master controlled by Universal Music Group

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Peggy Lee – Big Spender

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1966 saw the debut of the iconic hit musical Sweet Charity on Broadway. Combining the music of Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, the direction and choreography of the legendary Bob Fosse, and a book written by Neil Simon, Sweet Charity literally reinvented the look and sound of contemporary musical theater.

Of the many standards that came out of the show, “Big Spender” remains one of musical theater’s most memorable classics. Originally immortalized on the original cast record, the tune has been covered and sampled by a very diverse group over the years: from Shirley Bassey to Queen, and Sam Phillips to Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, Jay Z and A$AP Rocky to name a few.

This week’s version was the original pop cut, a Top 10 AC hit for Peggy Lee featuring an impeccable arrangement by Dave Grusin.

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Contact & Licensing info:
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 Universal Music Group.

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Nancy Wilson – Why Try to Change Me Now

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Signed to Capitol Records in 1960, Welcome To My Love was Nancy Wilson‘s twentieth lp for Capitol in less than eight years. As with other strong sellers like Nat King Cole, Al Martino, and George Shearing, the label turned her into a recording machine churning out four albums a year. Most of them packaged this R&B singer in slick commercial settings but this album takes her a lot closer to home.

Recorded on November 3rd, 1967 at Capitol Studios and with charts by St. Louis-born arranger-composer Oliver Nelson, each track is anchored by a tight rhythm section and in the words of James Gavin of the New York Times, “the brass is lean and articulate, the strings never cloy. Rarely has a singer given a program from the masters – Rodgers and Hart, Cy Coleman, Sammy Cahn, more bite than Wilson”.

The tune is by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Joseph McCarthy and was the ballad that launched Cy as a pop composer. Sinatra cut it first for Columbia in the mid-1950s and it went on to find a permanent home in the saloon songbook. Check out these poignant renditions from Fiona Apple and Bob Dylan!

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Contact & Licensing Info
Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP)
Contact: Damon Booth info@notablemusic.net, Administered by Downtown Music Publishing contact: seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
For Joseph McCarthy: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
Master controlled by Capitol Records/Universal Music Group.

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Marian Montgomery – Love Is An Old Maid’s Dream

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David Cavanaugh‘s unremittingly swinging arrangements for this album highlight a top notch band featuring brass by Dave Wells and Milt Bernhart, Plas Johnson on tenor sax, and Jack Marshall and Bob Bain on guitars. Recorded at Capitol’s Studio A in August of 1964, this week’s top tune by Cy Coleman and Joseph McCarthy also features Coleman himself on the piano.

The singer is Marian Montgomery who hails from Natchez Mississippi and began her career performing in clubs in Atlanta and Chicago. Her big break came when Peggy Lee was listening to her audition tape in the company of an A&R man from Capitol Records suggesting “forget the song and sign the singer”! Montgomery released three albums on Capitol in the early to mid 1960s and counted Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra among her fans before marrying English pianist Laurie Holloway and relocating to the UK.

Marian became resident singer throughout the 1970s on a hit British chat show hosted by Michael Parkinson and continued to perform sold-out club shows until her death in 2002. The Guardian claimed glowingly “she was possessed of a sumptuously elegant, lingeringly low-lit voice, a subtle understanding of jazz time, and an alertness to the musicians around her.” Check her out for yourself right HERE.

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Contact & Licensing info:
Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP) Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing.
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
For Joseph McCarthy: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
Master Controlled by Universal Music Group.

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