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Jamie Cullum – Hey Look Me Over

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I figure whenever you’re down and out
The only way is up
And I’ll be up like a rose bud
High on the vine

Jamie Cullum puts a sweet uptempo dixieland stamp on his version to this Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh standard for the film and official soundtrack to Going in Style. The song was originally written for the 1960 Broadway musical Wildcat, starring Lucille Ball in what was the only Broadway role of her career.

This 2017 American heist comedy was directed by Zach Braff and stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin. It’s a remake of the 1979 film of the same name and you can watch the three stars sing a bar or two of this week’s tune in the film. The soundtrack is solid and features gems by Sam Cooke, Dean Martin, Sonny Rollins, Otis Redding, Mark Ronson feat. Mystikal, and A Tribe Called Quest. Alan Arkin holds more-than-his-own singing a duet with the film’s co-star Ann-Margaret on Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah I Love Her So”.

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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 Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Warner Music Group.

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Louis Armstrong – Hey Look Me Over

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The 1960 musical comedy 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 musical 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 standard, 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 Broadway run.

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Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (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 ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
FilmTVInquiries@sonyatv.com

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Kermit Ruffins – Hey Look Me Over

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Trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and songwriter Kermit Ruffins is a mainstay of contemporary New Orleans music and a regular highlight of the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Famous for his frequent barbecue bashes at the bars he and his band regularly perform in, you may also recognize Kermit from HBO’s Treme where he appeared as himself as a recurring character.

Kermit emits joy and passion in his performances which are on generous display on this week’s Top Tune, “Hey Look Me Over” which is a show tune first made popular by Lucille Ball in Cy Coleman‘s 1960 hit musical Wildcat. The tune has been a staple with marching bands for decades and has also been recorded by the likes of Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, not to mention Kermit’s hero, the great Louis Armstrong. Gotta say, it’s Kermit’s version that swings the hardest!

If you’re heading down to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest, do stop in and see Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers Saturday May 2, 2:45PM. View a full schedule HERE.

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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. / http://www.emimusicpub.com/licensing/index.php
Master controlled by Basin Street Records.

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Original 1960 Broadway Cast – Hey Look Me Over

If you’ve ever been near a parade in your life or maybe watched Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or The Tournament of Roses parade on TV, you’ve heard this week’s Top Tune march on by. Maybe someone you know attended the 1964 Democratic Convention or a political rally for Senator Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts. They would recognize this week’s Top Tune which was Mr. Kennedy’s official campaign for the duration of a very long distinguished career. Maybe you’ve attended an LSU Fighting Tigers football game?

Whatever the case, the ever-upbeat & hopeful sentiment of “Hey Look Me Over” is a classic of the Great American Songbook. The song made its major debut on December 16, 1960 during the opening night of Cy Coleman‘s musical, Wildcat starring Lucille Ball. The story goes that Lucy, who had begun her career as a chorus girl, had since developed serious stage fright at the prospect of singing on front of living people. So, when the show needed a signature song for Lucy to sing, Cy Coleman (and lyricist Carolyn Leigh) conjured up a song for ‘everywoman’; one that contained “something like four notes”. Lucy and Disi Arnaz invested $360,000 in the show in exchange for 36% of the net profits and the rights to the original cast recording (ultimately released by RCA Victor). The original cast recording was made on December 18, 1960 in Webster Hall, NYC. The song has since been recorded by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, Johnny Mathis, Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and the list goes on and on. Please enjoy!

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Master controlled by Sony / http://hub.sonymusic.com/licensing/contact/
Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth – info@notablemusic.net. Administred by BMG Chrysalis. Contact: Wendy.Griffiths@bmgchrysalis.com & Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)/Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc. http://www.emimusicpub.com/licensing/index.php

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