Posts Tagged ‘Cy Coleman’

Bill Henderson – My How The Time Goes By

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In the should-have-been-a-household-name department, near the top of the list for our money is Chicago-born jazz/swing/soul singer Bill Henderson. The slight, bespectacled vocalist had his first hit on “Senor Blues” with Horace Silver before relocating to NYC and signing with the Vee-Jay label in 1959. Henderson went on to record with a “who’s who” list of jazz luminaries including the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Count Basie Band, Yusef Lateef, Nat Adderley, Elvin Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Dizzie Gillespie to name a few.

“Henderson’s phrasing is virtually his own copyright,” Leonard Feather observed. “He tends to space certain words as if the syllables were separated by commas, even semicolons; yet everything winds up a perfectly constructed sentence”. Deliberate and thoughtful, natural and smooth all the way through.

Bill’s 1963 recording Bill Henderson with the Oscar Peterson Trio remains a classic and he remained a fixture on the Playboy circuit throughout the 70′s including many appearances at Playboy Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, Monterey Jazz and Litchfield Festivals.

This week’s bluesy gem was recorded in Chicago on December 20, 1960 with Count Basie’s band arranged by Thad Jones. Please enjoy!

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Contact & Licensing Info
Written by Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh
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 Edwin H. Morris Co. ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by MPL Communications Inc.
Master controlled by Universal Music Group.

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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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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 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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