Posts Tagged ‘Epic Records’

Buddy Greco – Sweet Pussycat

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As a young man, South Philly’s Buddy Greco spent a few years under the tutelage of none other than famed bandleader Benny Goodman. He was offered jobs for much more money but was urged by his father, an opera critic, to “go with Mr. Goodman and learn your craft, you’re going to thank me!”

He must have thanked Dad because as a jazz pianist, vocalist, and Las Vegas headliner, Greco recorded more than 60 albums and had hits with “The Lady Is A Tramp”, “Girl Talk”, and “MacArthur Park”. He often sat in with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. of the Rat Pack and collaborated with Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Lena Horne, and many more.

Before jumping ship to Sinatra’s Reprise Records in 1966, Buddy recorded this week’s top tune with a 60-piece symphony orchestra in London for Epic Records. The great chromatic build up is the perfect soundtrack to your loungy martini-fueled summer evenings, no?

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Written by Cy Coleman & Bill Schluger.
Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master controlled by Sony Music Group.

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Damita Jo – I Live My Love

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Damita Jo carries her own spotlight, along with a moonbeam, about a square mile of sunlight, and a bolt of lightning. They’re all in her fabulous voice, ready to light up, warm up, or kick up in a shower of sparks–depending entirely on the mood of the song.” From the liner notes of her 1966 Epic Records release Midnight Session: Damita Jo Live at Basin Street East.

The music and lyrics are by Cy Coleman, the artist is Damita Jo DuBlanc, an R&B star best known for the million-selling 1960 smash “I’ll Save the Last Dance for You”. Born in Austin Texas and raised in Santa Barbara California, Damita Jo charted several more hits in the early-mid 60s and worked with Ray Charles, Redd Foxx, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Billy Eckstine, and Bobby Tucker before turning to performing contemporary gospel for the remainder of her career. The song is one of the few with both words & music by Coleman and would also be recorded by jazz singers Arthur Prysock and Madeleine Peyroux.

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Contact & Licensing info:
Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing.
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master Controlled by Sony Music Group.

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Bobby Hebb – I’ll Be Anything For You

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It was Bobby Hebb‘s personal outpouring of grief over his divorce that’s been said to have fueled the beauty, anguish, and wistful hope displayed on his quietly influential 1970 album, Love Games.

“I’ll Be Anything For You” with an incredible arrangement by James Fleming and Dave Roberts, seeks to close that deal. The Love Games album came four years after Bobby Hebb’s monster 8 million selling single multi-format classic, “Sunny”, and a full two years before similar work by Gamble & Huff & The O’Jays. It would provide the template for the direction R&B would take through the late 70′s and early 80′s, music that one keeps for special moods, private times, and most of all, as David Morpheus points out on the original liner notes, for times perhaps when one is not in love at the moment but should be.

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“I’ll Be Anything For You” written by Bobby Hebb and Published by Portable Music Co. Inc. (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com. Master controlled by Sony Music Group.

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Buddy Greco – The Rules of the Road

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Buddy Greco has been performing in showrooms, symphony halls, nightclubs and on television specials for 80 years and counting. The Philly-born piano player and singer started out in Benny Goodman‘s band and worked his way toward successful solo recording contracts with Epic, Kapp, and Reprise.

Following close friendships with Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe including many Las Vegas appearances with the Rat Pack, Greco opened his own club in Palm Springs before settling in the UK. Buddy fell in love with the London scene early on in his career and can be heard performing with the London Symphony Orchestra and in cabaret appearances at Cafe Royal to this day.

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Contact & Licensing:
Master controlled by Sony Music.
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.

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