Posts Tagged ‘I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life’

Nat “King” Cole – I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life

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Following the success of Sinatra’s successful compilation, This Is Sinatra!, Capitol Records followed suit in August of 1957 with a collection of previously released singles from the great Nat “King” Cole.

The lp This is Nat “King” Cole reached #18 on the Billboard album chart and featured the timeless Cy Coleman/Joseph McCarthy ballad, “I’m Gonna Laugh You Out of My Life”. Additional renowned recordings of the song followed by the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mathis and Nancy Wilson but Nat’s was the first. The arrangement is a classic by Nelson Riddle.

I’m gonna laugh you right out of my life

Make it a beautiful joke

No one will know you broke my heart

But if I find you and I…really meant that last goodbye

Then, I’m gonna laugh so hard I’ll cry.

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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
For Joseph McCarthy: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
Master Controlled by Universal Music Group.

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Nancy Wilson – I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life

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Wilson’s debut single, “Guess Who I Saw Today”, was so successful that between 1960 and 1962, Capitol Records released five Nancy Wilson albums. The song appears on the gem of a jazz album, Something Wonderful, rooted in blues and swing courtesy of her soul-drenched tone and famed big-band arranger, Billy May. Only 23 years old at the time, Wilson shines on the bitter-sweet ballad “I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life” first recorded by Nat “King” Cole & written by Cy Coleman and Joseph McCarthy.

This superb album was unforgivingly out-of-print for decades but was remastered & reissued in 2004 by Blue Note Records. A brilliant work of blues, swing & jazz featuring the great tenor legend Ben Webster, Shelly Manne on drums, Jack Marshall on guitar, and Justin Gordon on flute. “They Call It Stormy Monday” is particularly killer, the whole album is well worth seeking out!

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Contact & Licensing Info:

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 Blue Note Records. Contact: Doug James / doug.james@umusic.com

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Carmen McRae – I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life

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Carmen McRae is widely regarded as an artistic equal to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Billie Holiday and she had a career that spanned five decades. Many consider her 1964 album, Bittersweet recorded for Mort Fega’s small independent label, Focus, her finest. We agree 100%, it’s one of our favorite late night/early morning records to put on the turntable.

Carmen McRae won an amateur talent contest at the Apollo Theater in her native Harlem neighborhood where she was discovered by jazz pianist Teddy Wilson. Trough Wilson, McRae would eventually meet Billie Holiday who became her biggest influence and who later recorded Carmen’s original composition “Dream of Life”. McRae later recalled, “If Billie Holiday had never existed, I probably wouldn’t have either”.

During a long and distinguished career McRae was recognized as a supremely insightful interpreter of lyrics. “Every word is very important to me,” she said. “Lyrics come first, then the melody. “The lyric of a song I might decide to sing must have something that I can convince you with. It’s like an actress who selects a role that contains something she wants to portray”.

On this week’s Top Tune, with her signature and soulful behind-the-beat vocal style, McRae accompanies herself on piano on the defiant “I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life”. A song that lyricist Joe McCarthy initially envisioned as an uptempo, smart fast tune in the vein of “Just One of Those Things” until composer Cy Coleman talked him out of it. Coleman insisted “No. No. No. Joe. No you understand, it’s a ballad!” (excerpt from Andry Propst’s upcoming book, You Fascinate Me So, The Life & Times of Cy Coleman). Nat King Cole would prove Coleman correct and give the song its’ debut recording in 1957. In Carmen’s hands a few years later, it’s just as (bitter)sweet. Hope you dig it!

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Contact & Licensing Info:

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

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Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden – I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life

This week we would like to salute master bassist & composer, Charlie Haden, who passed away Friday at the age of 76. Haden began performing as a child singing on the radio in his native Iowa, but as he explained to NPR, childhood polio changed that:

“I think from being a singer, going into jazz and that’s one of the things that polio did for me is took away my ability to sing with a range because it paralyzed my vocal cords. So that’s when I started playing”. Haden channelled his voice into a romantic & lyrical style of playing in the vein of some of our all-time favorite instrumentalists, including saxophonists Lester Young and Charlie Parker.

Charlie Haden’s work with pianist Ornette Coleman in late 1950s Los Angeles made him an icon of avant-garde jazz. As a sideman, Haden performed with a wide range of artists and was the bassist for many of pianist Keith Jarrett’s bands of the 1960s & 1970s. After a 30 year break in recording together, Jarrett and Haden reunited and in 2010 released the incredible album, Jasmine. The two masters take on the great Cy Coleman/Joseph McCarthy ballad, “I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life” which was first made popular by Nat King Cole.

In interviews and onstage, Haden often spoke about the artist’s duty to introduce beauty into a conflicted world. Charlie was a true artist, second to none.

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Contact & Licensing Info
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 ECM Records

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