Posts Tagged ‘Duke Ellington’

Sylvia Syms – On Second Thought

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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.

“On Second Thought” is a heartbreaker of a tune written by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh & was produced by Nesuhi Ertegun for Atlantic Records in 1976. Judy Garland once made Sylvia sing it 16 times at a New Year’s Eve party but would never record it because she insisted Sylvia was the only singer in the world who could sing it properly. It’s a perfect example of a great saloon song sung by one of the best in the business.

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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 EMI U. Catalog Inc/Sony ATV Music Publishing.
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Original Master Controlled by Warner Music Group wmgmusiclicensing.com

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Frank Sinatra & Duke Ellington – Sunny

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This year marks the the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s birth. In celebration of The Chairman’s centennial, we will feature many tracks he recorded from our catalog between 1957 until his passing in 1998.

This week we feature Sinatra’s version of the Bobby Hebb classic, “Sunny” which was included on the album Francis A. & Edward K, released this very week in 1968. It was a genius pairing between Sinatra & the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the only studio recordings in existence by these two giants.

Billy Strayhorn was supposed to write the charts but died right before sessions began. So, Billy May was asked to write the charts which he so capably provided on a moment’s notice. The impeccable deftly swinging sound of Ellington’s orchestra backing Frank Sinatra recorded on his 52nd birthday is a magical work. Sunny ones so true, we love you…

frank sinatra duke ellington  Frank Sinatra & Duke Ellington   Sunny

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“Sunny” was written by Bobby Hebb. Published by Portable Music Co. (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com. Master Controlled by Warner Music Group http://www.wmgmusiclicensing.com

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