Posts Tagged ‘Cy Coleman’

Buddy Greco – Sweet Pussycat

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As a young man, South Philly’s Buddy Greco spent a few years under the tutelage of none other than famed bandleader Benny Goodman. He was offered jobs for much more money but was urged by his father, an opera critic, to “go with Mr. Goodman and learn your craft, you’re going to thank me!”

He must have thanked Dad because as a jazz pianist, vocalist, and Las Vegas headliner, Greco recorded more than 60 albums and had hits with “The Lady Is A Tramp”, “Girl Talk”, and “MacArthur Park”. He often sat in with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. of the Rat Pack and collaborated with Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Lena Horne, and many more.

Before jumping ship to Sinatra’s Reprise Records in 1966, Buddy recorded this week’s top tune with a 60-piece symphony orchestra in London for Epic Records. The great chromatic build up is the perfect soundtrack to your loungy martini-fueled summer evenings, no?

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Written by Cy Coleman & Bill Schluger.
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 – 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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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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Tony Bennett – I Walk A Little Faster

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This lovely Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh song was once described as “the most romantic of all the tunes that speaks of New York City”. It was recorded in September 1964 for an album by Tony Bennett whose title track was a big hit during Bennett’s mid-1960s prime. Tony, always dedicated to discovering new songs and making standards out of them, tried each new tune out in clubs night after night. He worked them out before an audience and got to know them inside and out.

The album features The Ralph Sharon Trio and was arranged by the great Columbia Records staff arranger/conductor George Siravo. Siravo had been the prime driver of Frank Sinatra‘s transition away from ballads a few years ealier to the now legendary swinging uptempo approach the singer would pursue during the remainder of his recording career. Although credited to Nelson Riddle, Siravo actually did most of the arranging work for Sinatra’s first Capitol Records date and remained a premier arranger for Bennett, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Vic Damone and many more.

You can watch a soul tugging performance of the tune by Fiona Apple HERE.

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Contact & Licensing:
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 Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Sony Music Group.

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Barbara McNair – On the Other Side of the Tracks

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“For those who know where The Niceness lives, they’ll find it’s moved in here. Twelve good songs rendered warm as the heart of a tree. All by Barbara, who’ll sing you no lies.” – Mel Torme

Barbara McNair‘s 1966 album I Enjoy Being a Girl was recorded in three distinct sessions. The first featured strings and a second, a tight-knit group of four trombones. The last included an impressive big, blowing, fifteen-man horn section that contains this week’s Top Tune.

“On the Other Side of the Tracks” with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, was one of three written by the pair and masterfully recorded by McNair for the album. It would be the last project she would do for Warner Bros. Records before jumping ship to Motown.

McNair ended her Motown run with a pair of 1968 singles “Would I Be Without You” and “You Could Never Love Him” before turning her attention to a budding film & tv career. She would host her own syndicated variety series The Barbara McNair Show, co-star with Elvis Presley in the 1969 film Change of Habit, and prominently appear opposite Sidney Poitier in 1970′s They Call Me Mister Tibbs!. McNair continued to act and to headline nightclubs until her passing in 2007.

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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
Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Warner Music Group.

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