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This lovely Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh song was once described as “the most romantic of all the tunes that speaks of New York City”. It was recorded in September 1964 for an album by Tony Bennett whose title track was a big hit during Bennett’s mid-1960s prime. Tony, always dedicated to discovering new songs and making standards out of them, tried each new tune out in clubs night after night. He worked them out before an audience and got to know them inside and out.
The album features The Ralph Sharon Trio and was arranged by the great Columbia Records staff arranger/conductor George Siravo. Siravo had been the prime driver of Frank Sinatra‘s transition away from ballads a few years ealier to the now legendary swinging uptempo approach the singer would pursue during the remainder of his recording career. Although credited to Nelson Riddle, Siravo actually did most of the arranging work for Sinatra’s first Capitol Records date and remained a premier arranger for Bennett, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Vic Damone and many more.
You can watch a soul tugging performance of the tune by Fiona Apple HERE.
Contact & Licensing:
Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / firstname.lastname@example.org
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
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Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Sony Music Group.