Posts Tagged ‘Don Costa’

Mimi Hines – Pink Taffeta Sample Size 10

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The 33 year old Mimi Hines was enormously successful when she made her 1965 Broadway debut in Funny Girl taking over for Barbra Streisand. The show had moved from the Winter Garden to the Majestic Theatre, then ultimately to the Broadway Theatre where it played out another eighteen post-Streisand months.

Hines career as a singer and comedienne started in August of 1958 when she and her partner, Phil Ford, appeared on The Tonight Show for the first time. Hines and Ford were in instant hit and frequently appeared on that show and many others while headlining in all of the top night clubs in the country. Her successful run in theater continued with national touring companies of I Do! I Do!, Anything Goes, Never Too Late, Pajama Game, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Hello, Dolly!, Grease, and many others.

This week’s top tune was recorded in 1966 and arranged by the great Don Costa for Decca Records. It’s a song written by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields for the hit musical Sweet Charity. It was written for a scene Bob Fosse had adapted directly from the Federico Fellini film, Nights of Cabiria set at a carnival where a hypnotist took Charity back to her childhood. The scene was eventually cut from the show but the tune poignantly underscored Charity’s intrinsically hopeful nature and became a cabaret and supper club favorite.

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Contact & Licensing Info
“Pink Taffeta Sample Size 10″ music: Cy Coleman, lyrics: Dorothy Fields. Published by Notable Music Co. & Lida Enterprises. Contact: Damon Booth /
Administered by Big Deal Music Group / Contact: Jennifer Falco /
Master Controlled by Universal Music Group.

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Tony Bennett – Then Was Then And Now Is Now

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Last week we featured Peggy Lee the singer but Lee was a also a successful songwriter. In addition to songs written for Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, Peggy wrote lyrics for such notable composers as Harold Arlen, Sonny Burke, Quincy Jones, Johnny Mandel, and Duke Ellington.

This week’s Top Tune was written by Peggy and her pal Cy Coleman for Tony Bennett‘s 1965 album, If I Ruled the World: Songs For The Jet Set (arranged by Don Costa). The album is a gem and features Bennett’s Top 40 hit, “If I Ruled The World” along with a masterful version of Bart Howard’s “Fly Me To The Moon”. It turns out Tony does rule the world!

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Check out this beautiful late night/early morning take on the tune by the lovely Ambrosia Parsley from 2009′s, The Best Is Yet To Come, The Songs of Cy Coleman, produced by Dave Palmer.

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Contact & Licensing info:

Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co.(Cy Coleman) / Contact: Damon Booth Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / contact: Sean McGraw
Publishing controlled by Denslow Music, Inc. Inc (Peggy Lee) / Administered by Universal Music – MGB Songs (ASCAP) / contact:
Master controlled by Sony /

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