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Brooklyn-born jazz singer turned disco-diva Linda Clifford scored a #1 Billboard Dance smash in 1978 with this week’s Top Tune, If My Friends Could See Me Now.
A former Miss New York State, Clifford started working as an actress in major films like The Boston Strangler with Tony Curtis and Henry Fonda, Coogan’s Bluff with Clint Eastwood and the film musical Sweet Charity with Shirley MacLaine. The latter earned an Academy Award nomination for the score, it’s only fitting that she returned to one if it’s classic tunes (penned by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields) for the most successful pop and dance record of her career.
Signed to Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records in the mid 1970s, Mayfield over saw production of the album of the same name. Curtis brought on jazz trumpeter & composer, Gil Askey to arrange the track. Askey was one of the architects of the legendary Motown sound and served as musical director, producer, and arranger for such artists as Gladys Knight, The Temptations, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder among others. Clifford would go on to record many more albums for the Curtom label including a duet album with Mayfield (The Right Combination) and 1980′s I’m Yours produced by Isaac Hayes.
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Contact & Licensing Info
“If My Friends Could See Me Now” music: Cy Coleman, lyrics: Dorothy Fields. Published by Notable Music Co. & Lida Enterprises. Contact: Damon Booth / email@example.com
Administered by Big Deal Music Group / Contact: Jennifer Falco / firstname.lastname@example.org
Master Controlled by Warner Music Group.
Feb 21 2018
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This past summer the fine folks at Sony Legacy released a remastered digital version of Cy Coleman‘s dapper debut vocal album If My Friends Could See Me Now, Cy Coleman Sings His Own Big Hits With Orchestra. The set, originally released in 1967 on Columbia Records “was conceived on 52nd street, mulled over in Beverly Hills, rehearsed on the French Riviera and recorded in London”. Credit goes to Des Champ, Gordon Franks and Peter Jeffries – three distinguished British arrangers and pub crawlers – for the fine arrangements.
“In an era where ‘singer-composer’ has often come to mean someone who finds himself in front of a microphone with nothing to sing and simply takes matters into his own hands, I’m hoping this album strikes a responsive chord among those of us who stubbornly measure the top-forty hit songs not by the week, but by the decade, or as in the case of one recalcitrant quite close to this writer, the half-century.” Edward Keibart (from the original liner notes). Mission accomplished!
Contact & Licensing info:
Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman) / Administered by Big Deal Music Group
Contact: Damon Booth / email@example.com
Contact: Jennifer Falco / firstname.lastname@example.org
Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by Sony/EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Sony Music Group.
Feb 14 2018
The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester UK Presents Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields, Neil Simon, and Bob Fosse‘s hit musical Sweet Charity: December 3 – January 28th. With a score full of big numbers (Big Spender, Rhythm of Life, If My Friends Could See Me Now) this Broadway classic will be brought roaring into the Exchange this Christmas by the team behind our hit production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Click HERE for tickets and info.
“Sweet Charity is one of the best musicals ever written and defined a decade. Audiences can expect brilliant performances, stunning choreography – and brass. Lots of brass… I can’t stop listening to the score – it’s hit after hit. Every department at the Exchange pulled out all the stops for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and I can’t wait to work with them all again.” Derek Bond, Director
Dec 01 2016
Multi-Tony Winner Sutton Foster will star in a revival of Sweet Charity for the New Group’s 2016-2017 season this Fall. With a book by Neil Simon, Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Fields, the 1966 musical celebrates its’ 50th anniversary and is one of the most iconic Broadway musicals of the 1960s. The original production was nominated for 9 Tony Awards winning one for Bob Fosse for Best Choreography and would go on to have a long run in the West End as well as many revivals and international productions.
Sutton has spent the past five years in leading roles on Broadway and TV (Bunheads, Younger) and was a Tony winner for Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie. The production will be directed by Leigh Silverman (who also worked with Foster in the 2014 staging of Violet) and Joshua Bergasse (Smash, On The Town) will choreograph. The production will run November & December 2016 and will be presented by The New Group in association with Kevin McCollum. Click HERE for more info.
May 18 2016