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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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Ella Fitzgerald – The Best is Yet to Come

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Ella Fitzgerald and the great guitar virtuoso Joe Pass recorded four albums together toward the end of Fitzgerald’s career and appear together on the album of this week’s title track. The studio orchestra Nelson Riddle assembled for this 1982 set also included such superb musicians as Tommy Tedesco (guitar), Shelly Manne (drums), Al Aarons (trumpet) and Jimmy Rowles (piano) and won Ella the 1984 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. It was one of three Grammys she won for her work with Riddle.

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 Witchcraft, I’ve Got Your Number, I Walk A Little Faster, and Hey Look Me Over just to name a few.

Come the day your mine
I’m gonna teach you to fly
We’ve only tasted the wine
We’re gonna drain that cup dry!

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Contact & Licensing:
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Concord Music Group.

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Nelson Riddle – Playboy’s Theme

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LENNY BRUCE: “This is a kind of a…an interesting party. You know, I first figured it would be like, sort of a TV typical fake party. But it’s got a good party feeling to it, with some pretty chicks, which is a good composite.”

HUGH HEFNER: “Well, yes…the girls, and we serve real liquor. It does the trick!”

LB: “That’s what grooved me about the show. That it’s an honest…it’s actually a party. So whatever happens at a party, within, you know, limitations…”

HH: “Well, we’re trying to build the personality of the show out of the magazine itself and make the thing sort of a sophisticated weekly get-together of the people that we dig and the people who dig us. Just have ourselves a kind of late night ball”.

It was this week in 1959 that Playboy founder/editor/publisher Hugh Hefner would broadcast his first episode of the new variety television talk show, Playboy’s Penthouse. Hefner would put his personal touch on the show throughout, cruising Lake Shore Drive, party-bound, in his own Mercedes 300SL to the opening credits and an original theme song which was composed and recorded by Cy Coleman two weeks before the premiere episode. The show was filmed in downtown Chicago’s WBKB-TV studios (where decades later Oprah Winfrey began her show) and ran in syndication from 1959-1961 for 44 episodes.

The debut party included Lenny Bruce, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Cy Coleman who would unveil his newest tune, “The Best is Yet to Come”, which Sinatra would soon record. It was a blatantly color-blind, happy, gutsy, unapologetic swirl of vice on-the-set with some of the greatest recording artists, comics, actors, authors, bunnies, & various other late-night dignitaries canoodling amid the smoke, the booze, and the wall-to-wall cocktail piano.

This week we feature the great arranger Nelson Riddle‘s version of the theme from his 1962 lp, Love Is A Game of Poker. If you don’t swing, please don’t ring!

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Contact & Licensing info:
Original Master controlled by Capitol Records. “Playboy’s Theme” written by Cy Coleman, Published by Notable Music Co. Inc. (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / contact: seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com.

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Ella Fitzgerald – I’ve Got Your Number

We’re a little shocked that it took us this long to feature a tune from the catalog sung by the First Lady of Song, but better late than never as they say.

We continue this week with another gem from the great West Coast arranger Marty Paich and his work with arguably the greatest singer the U.S. has ever produced, Ella Fitzgerald.

A stunning album,Whisper Not, was recorded on July 20, 1966 at United Western Recorders in Hollywood with the great Shelly Manne on drums. It would become Ella’s last studio album for Verve Records and Marty Paich (arranger for Sinatra, Ray Charles, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond) delivered a dozen beautifully arranged standards including Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh‘s “I’ve Got Your Number”.

Originally written for the Broadway musical, Little Me, the song has also been recorded by the likes of Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, and Jill Sobule.

Notoriously shy, it’s been said that Ella usually kept to herself between gigs and rehearsals. Fitzgerald later explained, “I don’t want to say the wrong thing, which I always do, but I think I do better when I sing”. Yes Ella, you do just fine!

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Contact & Licensing Info
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Universal Music Group. Contact: Doug James / doug.james@umusic.com

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