Posts Tagged ‘Carolyn Leigh’

Shirley Horn – My How The Time Goes By

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Shirley Valerie Horn was born in Washington D.C. in 1934. Shirley was a preternaturally gifted pianist who became enamored with the famous U Street jazz area of Washington (destroyed in the 1968 riots), slipping into jazz clubs before she was of legal age. Horn would collaborate with many jazz legends including Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Carmen McRae, and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. She was famous for being a devastating ballad singer with a smokey and lush voice and for an amazing ability to accompany herself with incomparable independence on the piano while singing. Arranger Johnny Mandel described her as “like having two heads”. Kitty Grime, in her book Jazz Voices, calls Shirley “the cult performer…A near-legendary figure.”

Horn’s association with Miles Davis lasted for thirty years and notable for his public praise of her musicianship, a rare occurrence coming from Davis especially as early as the 1950s and 1960s. Horn would record for Mercury and Impulse and was popular with critics but did not achieve mainstream success, stating “I will not stoop to conquer”. How beautiful a notion!

Recorded during an all night 1987 session in the dining room of a good friend’s 18th Century farm house in Glenn Dale, Maryland, this week’s top tune is one she would often perform live. A bluesy rendition of Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh’s “My How The Time Goes By” also recorded by Bill Henderson, one of Shirley’s favorite male singers in 1961.

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Publishing controlled 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 Edwin H. Morris Co. ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by MPL Communications Inc.
Master controlled by Audiophile Records.

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Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh – Real Live Girl

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This week we’re delighted to bring you the recently discovered original demo of Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh‘s “Real Live Girl” sung by the writers themselves! The song was written for and sung by Sid Caesar in the hit 1962 Broadway musical Little Me which went on to be nominated for 10 Tony Awards. Jack Jones’ suave & stylish interpretation would find success on his 1963 album She Loves Me.

Cy & Carolyn met at the Brill Building in the late-1950s and would go on to create music history together with standards like “The Best Is Yet To Come” originally cut by Tony Bennett, “Witchcraft” for Frank Sinatra, “Pass Me By” recorded by Peggy Lee and written for the Cary Grant film Father Goose, and “Hey Look Me Over” for the 1960 musical Wildcat starring Lucille Ball just to name a few.

Both writers would come to admit in interviews that their collaborative relationship would often result in “legendary battles”. Coleman blamed her possessiveness and jealousy of his work with his jazz trio and Leigh summed it up as “we were young…there were a couple of very sensitive egos involved”. They would manage to reconcile differences for the most part, even renting summer homes in the Hamptons close enough for Cy to swim over for an afternoon of writing. Sadly their creative partnership would eventually buckle under the strain of the London premiere of Little Me in 1963 but their extremely prolific five years together would produce some of the most clever, catchy, sophisticated tunes ever to grace the Great American Songbook!

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

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Buddy Greco – The Rules of the Road

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Buddy Greco has been performing in showrooms, symphony halls, nightclubs and on television specials for 80 years and counting. The Philly-born piano player and singer started out in Benny Goodman‘s band and worked his way toward successful solo recording contracts with Epic, Kapp, and Reprise.

Following close friendships with Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe including many Las Vegas appearances with the Rat Pack, Greco opened his own club in Palm Springs before settling in the UK. Buddy fell in love with the London scene early on in his career and can be heard performing with the London Symphony Orchestra and in cabaret appearances at Cafe Royal to this day.

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

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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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Master Controlled by Warner Music Group http://www.wmgmusiclicensing.com

Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman) / Contact: Damon Booth – info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing ASCAP. Contact / Sean McGraw/seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com

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

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