Posts Tagged ‘Cy Coleman’

Peggy Lee – Big Spender

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1966 saw the debut of the iconic hit musical Sweet Charity on Broadway. Combining the music of Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, the direction and choreography of the legendary Bob Fosse, and a book written by Neil Simon, Sweet Charity literally reinvented the look and sound of contemporary musical theater.

Of the many standards that came out of the show, “Big Spender” remains one of musical theater’s most memorable classics. Originally immortalized on the original cast record, the tune has been covered and sampled by a very diverse group over the years: from Shirley Bassey to Queen, and Sam Phillips to Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, Jay Z and A$AP Rocky to name a few.

This week’s version was the original pop cut, a Top 10 AC hit for Peggy Lee featuring an impeccable arrangement by Dave Grusin.

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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 Universal Music Group.

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Nancy Wilson – Why Try to Change Me Now

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Signed to Capitol Records in 1960, Welcome To My Love was Nancy Wilson‘s twentieth lp for Capitol in less than eight years. As with other strong sellers like Nat King Cole, Al Martino, and George Shearing, the label turned her into a recording machine churning out four albums a year. Most of them packaged this R&B singer in slick commercial settings but this album takes her a lot closer to home.

Recorded on November 3rd, 1967 at Capitol Studios and with charts by St. Louis-born arranger-composer Oliver Nelson, each track is anchored by a tight rhythm section and in the words of James Gavin of the New York Times, “the brass is lean and articulate, the strings never cloy. Rarely has a singer given a program from the masters – Rodgers and Hart, Cy Coleman, Sammy Cahn, more bite than Wilson”.

The tune is by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Joseph McCarthy and was the ballad that launched Cy as a pop composer. Sinatra cut it first for Columbia in the mid-1950s and it went on to find a permanent home in the saloon songbook. Check out these poignant renditions from Fiona Apple and Bob Dylan!

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Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP)
Contact: Damon Booth info@notablemusic.net, Administered by Downtown Music Publishing contact: seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
For Joseph McCarthy: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
Master controlled by Capitol Records/Universal Music Group.

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The Life Shines in London

C qT bnWsAEkRYu 1024x512 The Life Shines in LondonCongratulations to The Southwark Playhouse, Director Michael Blakemore, the magnificent Sharon D Clarke, Cornell S. John, and entire cast and creative team behind the outstanding UK run of Cy Coleman‘s gem of a musical, The Life!

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Ella Fitzgerald – Witchcraft

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We celebrate the centennial of one of the best interpreters of song there ever was, the First Lady of Song, Miss Ella Fitzgerald! This week’s Top Tune was recorded live in Chicago on August 10, 1958 at Mister Kelly’s and features Lou Levy on piano, Max Bennett on bass, and Gus Johnson on drums. This must-hear set was remarkably one of the few live recordings of Fitzgerald captured in a small club.

The tune of course is the classic by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, the pair of Great American Songbook writers whose marvelous, witty, and sophisticated output also included The Best is Yet to Come, I’ve Got Your Number, I Walk A Little Faster, and The Rules of the Road just to name a few.

Born in Newport News, Virginia on April 25, 1917, Ella in her long and illustrious career won 13 Grammy Awards, A Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Medal of Arts, was inducted in the Down Beat magazine Hall of Fame, and received the Kennedy Center Honors for her contributions to the arts. If you had to pick one album that sums up her magic best, for our money it’s the 11 songs Ella and Louis Armstrong recorded one fine day in 1956 with the Oscar Petersen Quartet. Read all about that masterpiece HERE.

The GRAMMY Museum presents Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald. The Exhibit opened yesterday and celebrates 100 years of Fitzgerald’s legacy through rare recordings, photos, and one-of-a-kind stage costumes. Click HERE for more info.

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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 MPL. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Master controlled by Verve/Universal Music Group.

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