Posts Tagged ‘Cy Coleman’

Tony Bennett – I’m in Love Again

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Frank Sinatra was long-rumored at one time to be recording an album called Here’s to the Ladies but never got around to actually making the record. In 1995 Tony Bennett did just that, the theme being songs made famous by female singers. It won Bennett the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance in 1997. The tune was written by Cy Coleman and Peggy Lee and was the title track to Lee’s 1964 album for Capitol Records.

By the mid-1990s, Bennett was as popular as he had ever been. His latest come back was sealed by 1994′s MTV Unplugged feat. Elvis Costello and K.D. Lang, which went platinum and won the Grammy for Album of the year as all as another for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance. Tony became a Grammy perennial, taking home a multitude of Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance awards for his albums On Holiday: A Tribute to Billie Holiday (1998), Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool (2000), Playin’ With My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues (2003), A Wonderful World (2004), The Art of Romance (2006), Duets: An American Classic (2007), Duets II (2012), Cheek to Cheek (2015), The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern (2016) and just this past Sunday, Tony Bennett Celebrates ’90. Congrats Mr. Bennett on your latest win!

Check out Aussie-star Missy Higgins‘ poignant 2009 take on the classic tune HERE.

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Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman)
Administered by Big Deal Music Group (ASCAP) / contact: Jennifer Falco/
Publishing controlled by Denslow Music, Inc. Inc (Peggy Lee)
Administered by Universal Music – MGB Songs (ASCAP)
Master controlled by Sony Music Group

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Nikka Costa – The Rules of the Road

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First recorded by Nat King Cole in 1961, “The Rules of the Road” remains one of the most beloved tunes in the Notable catalog. Co-written by the legendary team of Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, the sultry “Rules” has been covered over the years by such luminaries as Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Shirley Horn, Lena Horne, Bobby Short, Buddy Greco, and Anita O’Day. In 2009 Nikka Costa recorded this soulful reading, arranged and produced by Dave Palmer, for the tribute album “The Best Is Yet To Come: The Songs of Cy Coleman” – instantly making it her own.

Well, love often shows a funny return
The brighter it glows the longer you burn
And Lord only knows love has little concern
For the fools of the road

But that’s how it goes, you live and you lean
The rules of the road.

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Contact & Licensing:
Written by Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh.
Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth /
Administered by Big Deal Music Group
Contact: Jennifer Falco/
Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Notable Music Co. Inc.

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Cy Coleman’s The Life – 5 Noms

L R Cornell S. John Memphis Sharon D. Clarke Sonja The Life Photo by Simon Turtle 2B26 1024x581 Cy Colemans The Life   5 NomsCongrats to Southwark Playhouse! Five Off West End Theatre Awards nominations for the UK Premiere of Cy Coleman‘s hit musical, The Life! MUSICAL PRODUCTION, NEW MUSICAL, FEMALE in a MUSICAL (T’Shan Williams), SUPPORTING FEMALE in a MUSICAL (Sharon D. Clarke), SUPPORTING MALE in a MUSICAL (Cornell S. John). Directed by Michael Blakemore.

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Mabel Mercer – Isn’t He Adorable?

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Mabel Mercer was an elegant British lady from Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, who had sung her way into the rich and fashionable bistro society of London and Paris. Classically trained in voice, she became the darling of the roving geniuses of the restless 1920s. Hemingway, Sartre, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edith Piaf, Cole Porter, and Gertrude Stein came every night to legendary Bricktop’s and sat at her feet.

Mabel made her New York debut in 1938 and began a club residency that lasted twenty years. Her growing legion of fans and notable influence on Frank Sinatra, Lena Horn, Billie Holiday, and Nat King Cole led to a deal with Atlantic Records in 1956 where she recorded several LPs during the next decade.

It was said Mercer couldn’t be paid to sing a song in which she didn’t believe in and had a knack for picking up top-quality songs that expressed a wide range of emotions, many yet to to be published. She introduced Bart Howard’s “Fly Me to the Moon”, Ted Redding’s “The End of a Love Affair” and many early songs by Cy Coleman including this week’s Top Tune. Composer Alec Wilder called her “the guardian of the tenuous dreams created by writers of songs”.

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Contact & Licensing Info
Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP)
Contact: Damon Booth, Administered by Big Deal Music Group
Contact: Jennifer Falco/
For Joseph McCarthy: Spirit Songs (ASCAP).
Master controlled by Warner Music Group.

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