Posts Tagged ‘Cy Coleman’

Fiona Apple – Why Try to Change Me Now

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So let people wonder
Let ‘em laugh
Let ‘em frown
You know I’ll love you
Till the moon’s upside down
Don’t you remember
I was always your clown
Why try to change me now

“Why Try To Change Me Now” was one of Cy Coleman‘s first major hits… recorded in 1959 by a ‘lil crooner named Frank Sinatra. Over the years such diverse artists as Sammy Davis Jr with Count Basie, Bob Dylan, and Elvin Jones have recorded beautifully unique interpretations of this classic ballad. Fiona’s 2009 reading absolutely floors anyone who listens, and she tackles the tune in a way that truly makes it her own. Apple’s vocals, as per usual, are stunning – that mix of vulnerability and confidence that only she can exude. We are honored that she chose to cut this and another Cy classic (“I Walk A Little Faster”) for The Best Is Yet to Come, The Songs of Cy Coleman tribute album.

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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 Downtown Music Publishing contact:
For Joseph McCarthy: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
Master controlled by Notable Music Co. Inc.

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Bob Dylan – The Best is Yet to Come

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Nobel Prize-winner Bob Dylan‘s third foray into tunes previously recorded by Frank Sinatra, Triplicate (4 1/2 Stars Rolling Stone), is a stunning collection of song-craft featuring standards by American masters including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Hoagy Carmichael, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, and Cy Coleman.

“These are recordings of breathtaking directness and beauty. There is nothing forced, no strain, no desire to put anything over on anybody or make a splash. Songs you may have thought you knew to the final decimal point you may feel you are hearing for the first time, transfigured. Not because of some dazzling new stylization or radically reimagined take on things; nobody here drew a moustache on the Mona Lisa. The singer on these recordings looks directly into the heart of each song, takes the measure of what it is about, and delivers it with such unaffected feeling and maturity and honesty that it can change you in the listening”. Tom Piazza (from the original liner notes). Hear, hear!

Bob Dylan (vocals), Tony Garnier (bass), Charlie Sexton (guitar), Donnie Herron (steel guitar), Dean Parks (guitar), George Receli (drums).

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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 Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw /
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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Pearl Bailey – Big Spender

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Born in 1918 in Newport News, VA, Pearl Bailey was more than an Emmy-winning actress and a singer. She was an author of six books, received a bachelor’s degree in theology from Georgetown University at the age of 67, and served as special ambassador to the United Nations. Last, but certainly not least, she was funny.

Bailey began singing and dancing in Philadelphia’s black nightclubs in the 1930s, opened for Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington in New York in the 1940s, and made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman in 1946. Bailey recorded a number of sides for Columbia Records in the 40s and didn’t return to the label until 1966 cutting “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and this week’s signature comedic take on “Big Spender”, both written by composer Cy Coleman and lyricist Dorothy Fields for the hit musical Sweet Charity.

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Contact & Licensing info:
Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP) & Lida Enterprises (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth /
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing.
Contact: Sean McGraw /
Master Controlled by Sony Music Group.

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Bonebrake Syncopators – Playboy’s Theme

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Hugh Hefner, who passed away this past week at the age of 91, made his first foray into television in 1959, debuting “Playboy’s Penthouse.” Filmed in Chicago, the informal variety show was set in a “house party” atmosphere. Hef needed to set the tone for this jazzy affair, so he went to his pal Cy Coleman and tapped him to write a theme song for the show. “Playboy’s Theme” would go on to become one of the generation’s defining instrumentals and has gone on to define “bachelor pad cool.”

Hefner left an immeasurable impact on American society in a multitude of areas. He was a visionary of the sexual revolution but also the social changes that roiled the 1960s. The show was the first national program where whites and blacks sat down together and partied as equals. Hef featured guests like Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Marvin Gaye, and James Brown in the 1960s to great societal backlash but he never backed down (for perspective, MTV had to be pressured to air vids featuring black artists in the 1980s).

“I think Hefner helped build the audience for a different attitude about civil rights” – Mike Wallace.

This week’s version of this cocktail classic is from none other than DJ Bonebrake of legendary Los Angeles punk rock band, X!

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Contact & Licensing info:

“Playboy’s Theme” was written by Cy Coleman. Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / Master controlled by Notable Music Co.

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