Posts Tagged ‘Cy Coleman’

Jamie Cullum – Hey Look Me Over

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I figure whenever you’re down and out
The only way is up
And I’ll be up like a rose bud
High on the vine

Jamie Cullum puts a sweet uptempo dixieland stamp on his version to this Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh standard for the film and official soundtrack to Going in Style. The song was originally written for the 1960 Broadway musical Wildcat, starring Lucille Ball in what was the only Broadway role of her career.

This 2017 American heist comedy was directed by Zach Braff and stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin. It’s a remake of the 1979 film of the same name and you can watch the three stars sing a bar or two of this week’s tune in the film. The soundtrack is solid and features gems by Sam Cooke, Dean Martin, Sonny Rollins, Otis Redding, Mark Ronson feat. Mystikal, and A Tribe Called Quest. Alan Arkin holds more-than-his-own singing a duet with the film’s co-star Ann-Margaret on Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah I Love Her So”.

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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 Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Warner Music Group.

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Sylvia Syms – Poor Everybody Else

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Frank Sinatra loved saloon singers. In fact, it’s all he said that he wanted to be. One he loved most of all was the singer of this week’s top tune, Sylvia Syms. Syms sang tough, sentimental songs in joints in Harlem and on New York’s 52nd Street for years and as a teenager received informal training from the likes of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie. Sinatra became such huge fan that he later personally conducted one of her albums.

This week’s tune was recorded by Sylvia for Columbia Records and released in support of composer Cy Coleman and lyricist Dorothy Fields‘ smash 1966 Broadway musical Sweet Charity. Columbia who also had the original cast album, went all out in its single’s barrage of the score. Recordings by Barbra Streisand (“Where Am I Going?”, “You Wanna Bet”), Tony Bennett (“Baby Dream Your Dream”), Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme (“If My Friends Could See Me Now”), Jerry Vale (“Too Many Tomorrows”) all notched Top 40 Easy Listening chart positions in time for the show’s debut on Broadway. Interestingly, “Poor Everybody Else” would be cut from this particular show but found a home a few years later in 1973′s Seesaw based on the William Gibson play, Two For the Seesaw.

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Contact & Licensing info:
Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP) & Aldi Music (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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Barnum London Revival

20914563 1654389091277881 9222668649194400771 n Barnum London RevivalThe Tony Award-winning musical Barnum will get a London revival this November at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Barnum, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart, and a book by Mark Bramble, tells the story of PT Barnum, the greatest showman on Earth! The revival will be directed by Gordon Greenberg (Guys and Dolls) and will run from November 25 – March 3rd. Click HERE for more info.

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Barbara Cook – It’s Not Where You Start

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Barbara Cook, the legendary Soprano from Atlanta, a Broadway icon and recipient of a Kennedy Center honor in 2011, has passed away this past week at her home in NYC at age 89. Cook emerged onto the Broadway scene in 1957′s The Music Man for which she earned a Tony and originated performances in Candide, She Loves Me, Carousel, The King and I, and Show Boat.

After a battle with depression and alcoholism in the late 1960s, Cook would make a comeback in the mid-1970s in nightclubs, cabarets and concert halls that would last for the rest of her life. Cook sang for every US President from Carter to Clinton and won a Drama Desk Award for her solo 1987 show, A Concert For Theatre.

This week’s tune was recorded live at a 2004 Lincoln Center concert compiling some of Barbara’s favorite musical-theater tunes. “It’s Not Where You Start (It’s Where You Finish)” comes from the 1973 hit musical Seesaw with a score by Cy Coleman & Dorothy Fields.

When teaching master classes at the Julliard School in recent years, it’s been said that Cook often waved off her students’ preoccupation with vocal perfection, pushing them instead to get at the pain and joy beneath the notes. We had the pleasure of seeing the master at work one night performing at the Cafe Carlyle in 2008. Cook’s ability to transform a room and leave you hanging on every word is something we’ll never forget. Simply one of the most moving performances we’ve ever seen. Goodbye Barbara, thank you for your artistry!

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(Eartha Kitt, Cy Coleman, Barbara Cook)

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 DRG.

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