Posts Tagged ‘Cy Coleman’

Cy Coleman – I’ve Got Your Number

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On June 17th, the fine folks at Sony Legacy released a remastered digital version of Cy Coleman‘s dapper debut vocal album If My Friends Could See Me Now, Cy Coleman Sings His Own Big Hits With Orchestra. The set, originally released in 1967 on Columbia Records “was conceived on 52nd street, mulled over in Beverly Hills, rehearsed on the French Riviera and recorded in London”. Credit Des Champ, Gordon Franks and Peter Jeffries – three distinguished British arrangers and pub crawlers – for the fine arrangements.

“In an era where ‘singer-composer’ has often come to mean someone who finds himself in front of a microphone with nothing to sing and simply takes matters into his own hands, I’m hoping this album strikes a responsive chord among those of us who stubbornly measure the top-forty hit songs not by the week, but by the decade, or as in the case of one recalcitrant quite close to this writer, the half-century.” Edward Keibart (from the original liner notes). Mission accomplished!

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Contact & Licensing info:
Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman) / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by Sony/EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Sony Music Group.

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Sony Legacy Presents Cy Coleman

51b3uBjLvfL. SS5001 Sony Legacy Presents Cy ColemanThe fine folks at Sony Legacy have remastered and released Cy Coleman‘s delightful 1967 debut vocal album: If My Friends Could See Me Now, Cy Coleman Sings His Own Big Hits With Orchestra. The set “was conceived on 52nd street, mulled over in Beverly Hills, rehearsed on the French Riviera and recorded in London. Credit Des Champ, Gordon Franks and Peter Jeffries – three distinguished British arrangers and pub crawlers – for the fine arrangements.”

“In an era where ‘singer-composer’ has often come to mean someone who finds himself in front of a microphone with nothing to sing and simply takes matters into his own hands, I’m hoping this album strikes a responsive chord among those of us who stubbornly measure the top-forty hit songs not by the week, but by the decade, or as in the case of one recalcitrant quite close to this writer, the half-century.” Edward Keibart (from the original liner notes). Hear, Hear!

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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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Contact & Licensing:
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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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
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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