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Diana Ross and the Temptations – Rhythm of Life

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Motown first released Anthology: The Best of The Supremes in 1974. It quickly sold over a million copies and the label would go on to release revised editions in 1986, 1995, and 2001. This week’s Top Tune “Rhythm of Life” was added to the 2001 collection which Rolling Stone Magazine called one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

In 1968, two Motown supergroups; The Supremes and The Temptations, appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show to promote their upcoming projects singing each others’ songs. The Supremes sang “My Girl” with the Temptations singing “Stop in the Name of Love”. The union was so successful that it launched four separate high profile projects.

This week’s performance first appeared in the 1969 tv special, Diana Ross and The Supremes & The Temptations on Broadway. In the show, Diana Ross joins The Temptations acting and singing in musical comedy sketches from hit shows of the era. The tune was written by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields and also appeared in the Oscar-nominated score of Sweet Charity of the same year. The film version was sung by Sammy Davis Jr. You can check out Sammy’s rockin’ version in this award winning advert for Guinness Stout HERE.

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Contact & Licensing Info:
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master controlled by Universal/Motown Records. Contact: Doug James / doug.james@umusic.com

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Louis Armstrong – Hey, Look Me Over

The 1960 play WIldcat is significant not only as the Broadway debut for Lucille Ball (arguably the biggest star on the planet at the time), but also as it marked Cy Coleman’s first foray into the world of musical theatre… a community in which he would soon become one of it’s most legendary and prolific figures.

The play was an instant hit… but it’s doubtful at the time that anyone would guess that the show’s opening number would go on to achieve such iconic status. “Hey, Look Me Over” became an instant hit, and was subsequently recorded by a “who’s who” of the era’s stars: Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Short, The Lettermen, Judy Garland, Mel Tormé, and Peggy Lee, among many others. A personal favorite is the reading by the one and only Louis Armstrong, presented here.

Since 1962, Louisiana residents and football fans in general undoubtedly know the tune as “Hey, Fighting Tigers,”… LSU got Cy and co-writer Carolyn Leigh’s permission to adapt the song as LSU’s official school song (with new lyrics from Leigh), and it remains one of the more recognizable sports anthems to this day.

Watch two legendary ladies performing this iconic tune:
Watch a rare live TV performance from Judy Garland.
Here’s Lucille Ball and her Wildcat costar performing the first act on the Ed Sullivan show, taped during the play’s Broadway run.

Contact & Licensing info:
Louis Armstrong Master controlled by Universal Music Group / http://www.universalfilmandtvmusic.com
Judy Garland Master controlled by Savoy/Denon / contact: syncinquiry@slgmusicus.com
Lucille Ball Master controlled by Sony / http://hub.sonymusic.com/licensing/contact/
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co.(Cy Coleman) / Administered by BMG Rights Management / contact: ed.razzano@bmg.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc. / http://www.emimusicpub.com/licensing/index.php

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