Posts Tagged ‘Cy Coleman’

Damita Jo – I Live My Love

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Damita Jo carries her own spotlight, along with a moonbeam, about a square mile of sunlight, and a bolt of lightning. They’re all in her fabulous voice, ready to light up, warm up, or kick up in a shower of sparks–depending entirely on the mood of the song.” From the liner notes of her 1966 Epic Records release Midnight Session: Damita Jo Live at Basin Street East.

The music and lyrics are by Cy Coleman, the artist is Damita Jo DuBlanc, an R&B star best known for the million-selling 1960 smash “I’ll Save the Last Dance for You”. Born in Austin Texas and raised in Santa Barbara California, Damita Jo charted several more hits in the early-mid 60s and worked with Ray Charles, Redd Foxx, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Billy Eckstine, and Bobby Tucker before turning to performing contemporary gospel for the remainder of her career. The song is one of the few with both words & music by Coleman and would also be recorded by jazz singers Arthur Prysock and Madeleine Peyroux.

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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
Master Controlled by Sony 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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The Life Shines in London

C qT bnWsAEkRYu 1024x512 The Life Shines in LondonCongratulations to The Southwark Playhouse, Director Michael Blakemore, the magnificent Sharon D Clarke, Cornell S. John, and entire cast and creative team behind the outstanding UK run of Cy Coleman‘s gem of a musical, The Life!

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