Posts Tagged ‘Frank Sinatra Centennial’

Frank Sinatra – I Love My Wife

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My mind at times

May dwell on sex

If someone’s rating dreams

Then most of mine I guess are double X

It was this week back in 1976 in Hollywood when Frank Sinatra recorded his next instant Cy Coleman classic; “I Love My Wife”. With a track record that included “Witchcraft” (1957), “Why Try To Change Me Now” (1959), and “The Best Is Yet To Come” (1964), Sinatra knew he could count on his pal Cy to provide him with signature songs.

I Love My Wife is a song from the hilarious hit Broadway musical about two married couples contemplating a carnal adventure during the sexual revolution of the 1970s. The lyrics are by Michael Stewart and the music is by Coleman. The innovative long-running show earned a Tony Award for director Gene Saks and another for featured actor Lenny Baker.

Tune in Sunday December 6th 9PM ET/PT on CBS for Sinatra 100 – An All-Star Grammy Concert recorded live at Wynn Las Vegas’ Encore Theatre celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Chairman’s birth!

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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 Warner Music Group http://www.wmgmusiclicensing.com

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Bing Crosby – Witchcraft

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Bing Crosby exerted an important influence on the development of the modern recording industry. While performing extensively for the troops in WWII, Crosby had witnessed and became fascinated with tape recording. The Crosby Research Foundation would come to have many patents. In 1947, he invested $50,000 in the Ampex company, which built North America’s first commercial reel-to-reel tape recorder. He left NBC to work for ABC because NBC was not interested in recording at the time. Crosby then became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and along with Frank Sinatra, was one of the principal backers behind the famous United Western Recorders recording complex in Los Angeles.

In keeping with the Sinatra Centennial Celebration and to mark the beginning of summer, this week’s Top Tune comes from the swingin’ concept album, Bing Sings The Sinatra Songbook, a collection of songs connected with Frank culled from Bing’s personal archives. Bing Crosby’s organically different approach on many of these Sinatra classics is on particular display with “Witchcraft” which he recorded in a shuffling ballpark-like style on April 3, 1958 in Palm Springs, California for his weekly Ford Road Show radio broadcast.

Bing’s recording of the Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh standard comes one year after Frank’s debut recording which earned six Grammy nominations and is most recently heard in the hit film and gold-selling soundtrack to Fifty Shades of Grey. Salute!

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Published by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing (Carolyn Leigh) controlled by Morley Music Co c/o MPL Communications Inc / contact: inquiry@mplcommunications.com
Master controlled by Bing Crosby Enterprises/HLC Properties.

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Ultimate Sinatra (100 Songs Celebrating 100 Years)

17498492 mmmain1 Ultimate Sinatra (100 Songs Celebrating 100 Years)The defining voice of the 20th Century, Frank Sinatra enjoyed a legendary recording career that spanned six decades. Available today, key recordings from Sinatra’s Columbia, Capitol, and Reprise eras are presented together for the first time. Ultimate Sinatra’s 4CD edition includes 100 tracks celebrating 100 years, a never before released bonus track, an 80-page booklet with a new essay by Sinatra historian and author Charles Pignone, as well as rare photos and quotes from Sinatra and his family. Other formats include MP3 and a double-LP Vinyl set. Click HERE to order the 4CD set which includes composer Cy Coleman’s standards “The Best is Yet to Come”, “Witchcraft”, and “Why Try to Change Me Now”.

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Frank Sinatra – Why Try to Change Me Now

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There have been many incredible versions of Cy Coleman & Joseph McCarthy‘s great ballad, “Why Try to Change Me Now” recorded over the years. It’s one of those tunes that always seems to resonate deeply with singers, each one able to put their own powerful stamp on it.

Our favorites include Fiona Apple‘s version from the 2009 album, The Best is Yet to Come, The Songs of Cy Coleman and most recently, Bob Dylan‘s superb version from his new album, Shadows in the Night.

But, it’s the very fist version of the song that sets the bar. It was recorded this very week back in ’59 at legendary Capitol Studios A in Hollywood by Frank Sinatra. The album was arranged by the versatile arranger, composer, and pianist Gordon Jenkins who had moved over to Capitol from RCA’s “X” records. Jenkins’ lush string arrangements can be heard on artists records ranging from Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole, to Johnny Cash and Harry Nilsson. As rock and roll gained popularity int he 1960s, Jenkins style fell out of favor and he only worked sporadically. However, Frank continued to call on his services for the next two decades at the new label he started, Reprise Records.

You can pick up this track a long with 99 more on the upcoming collection, Ultimate Sinatra. 100 Songs Celebrating 100 years of Frank Sinatra, coming April 21rst from Capitol Records.

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Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth info@notablemusic.net, Administered by Downtown Music Publishing contact: seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com and Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP). Master controlled by Capitol Records.

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