Posts Tagged ‘Cheek to Cheek’

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Firefly

(click song title above to listen)

One year ago this week two worlds collided.

“Tandem versions of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Cy Coleman emphasize the swing in the songs. Gaga has a blast bending the notes in the Gershwins’ “They All Laughed” or running the scales with madcap abandon in Coleman’s ‘Firefly’.” – NY Daily News

Tony Bennett would break his own record for the oldest artist to achieve a number one spot at the top of the charts when Cheek to Cheek debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. For Lady Gaga, it was her third consecutive number-one album in the US.

The televised concert titled Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!, aired in October 2014. Two number one singles on Billboard’s Jazz Songs Chart and a sold out international tour propelled the album to Gold status in the US and a big Grammy win for Best Traditonal Pop Vocal Album. The collaborative jazz project would go on to reach the top ten in the UK, Canada, Japan, Australia, and Greece.

A 37-date US tour began in December in Las Vegas and gradually expanded into a much larger run, playing New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, L.A. and recently concluded with two final dates in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on July 31 & August 1. It was a joyful collaboration from the unified pair which exuded camaraderie and a mutual respect for each other and for the musicians who so deftly keep the legacy of the Great American Songbook alive & swinging!

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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
Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
http://www.emimusicpub.com/licensing/index.php
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Tony Bennett – Marry Young

(click song title above to listen)

In 1962, as Tony Bennett approached the end of his thirties, he put together an album that set the (bari)tone for the rest his decade and one that would balance commerce and art in a most beautiful way. With I Left My Heart in San Francisco, Tony discovered his (soon-to-be-massive) signature song and debuted several Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh songs including, “Rules of the Road” and “The Best is Yet To Come”, the latter of which Bennett helped make a standard.

This week, we feature the third Coleman/Leigh tune from this hit album, the sweet & valiant “Marry Young”.

Never mind what they say, marry young.
While it’s spring and the song is trembling to be sung.
Let it slip off the tip of your tongue
I love you, you love me. People do, why don’t we
Marry young?

These songs are just a few Coleman/Leigh tunes that Tony debuted over his long career. Another includes a revisit of “Firefly” from his most recent gold-selling album, Cheek to Cheek with Lady Gaga. You can watch a live performance of that one HERE.

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Contact & Licensing info:
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. / http://www.emimusicpub.com/licensing/index.php
Master controlled by Sony / http://hub.sonymusic.com/licensing/contact/

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Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Cheek to Cheek: LIVE! DVD/Blu-ray

816ll3odiVL. SX522  Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Cheek to Cheek: LIVE! DVD/Blu rayTaped at Jazz at Lincoln Center‘s Frederick P. Rose Hall in July of last year, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s Cheek to Cheek: Live! is now available on DVD/Blu-ray. The concert features selections from the Great American Songbook including Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh’s “Firefly”. The album of the same name debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album chart and also hit #1 on the Jazz Album and Traditional Jazz Album charts, is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and has just been certified Gold by the RIAA. Click HERE to order.

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Tony Bennett – It Amazes Me

It was twenty years ago this month with an MTV Unplugged album that Tony Bennett stormed back to the top of the charts with an incredible comeback that has lasted to this day. Tony Bennett feat. the Ralph Sharon Trio and special guests, Elvis Costello and K.D. Lang, delivered a masterful interpretation of his beloved Great American Songbook to a whole new generation.

Tony performed one our favorite ballads that night with a song he originally recorded in 1958 on the album, Long Ago and Far Away, Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh‘s beautifully romantic “It Amazes Me”. The album would go on to win Grammy awards for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance & Album of the Year on its’ way to platinum status. Tony doesn’t just perform these songs, he embodies them like non-other. You can view his magnificent performance HERE.

Today, at 88 years old, Tony continues to be one of the greatest champions and interpreters of The Great American Songbook there ever was. September 23, 2014 saw the release of his collaborative jazz album, Cheek to Cheek with Lady Gaga. Cheek to Cheek (which coincidentally features another Coleman/Leigh song he originally recorded in 1958, “Firefly”), landed at the top of Billboard’s Top 200 album chart marking the second No. 1 in his prolific career while also making Bennett the oldest living artist to earn a No. 1 album, beating a record he previously set in 2011 with his Duets II album.

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Contact & Licensing:
Master controlled by Sony / http://hub.sonymusic.com/licensing/contact/
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman) / Contact: Damon Booth – info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com

Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc. / http://www.emimusicpub.com/licensing/index.php

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