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Peggy Lee and composer Cy Coleman‘s artistic and personal relationship lasted for decades. From late night parties with pals Cary Grant & Dyan Cannon, to night club sets, tv specials & rewarding recording sessions birthing #1 Pop Hits such as her iconic rendition of Coleman/Fields’ “Big Spender“. Peggy added Cy to a distinguished group of collaborators in Victor Young, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, and Johnny Mandel linking her poetic lyrical abilities with Coleman’s compositional wizardry for a string of 1960s Lee-Coleman penned classics like “That’s My Style”, “Then Was Then and Now is Now”, and “That’s What it Takes”.
Lee routinely released two wholly new albums every year at Capitol Records between 1957-1972. This week’s tune is the title track from her first 1964 offering, another Coleman/Lee classic with punchy arrangements by Dick Hazard, Shorty Rogers and Bill Holeman considered some of the finest of her very prolific decade.
Check out this supremely moving 2009 rendition by Missy Higgins!
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Nov 02 2016
Peggy Lee was one of the few jazz & pop legends of the post-swing era who was also an accomplished songwriter. She wrote the lyrics to many of her hit singles as well as songs for motion pictures including songs included in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp (1955), Anatomy of a Murder w/Duke Ellington, Carl Reiner’s The Russians Are Coming! The Russians are Coming! (1966), and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968).
One of Lee’s favorite composers was Cy Coleman, with whom she had teamed up with for much of the 1960′s and beyond. In 1964 she released her eighteenth album for Capitol Records, In Love Again! which included this week’s Top Tune with music by Coleman (who also composed the title track). The album was another success for Peggy Lee who brazenly conquered versions of “I Can’t Stop Loving You” and “Unforgettable” immortalized by Ray Charles & Nat King Cole on the set.
That’s my style
A stormy smoldering fire
I can’t fight it. I can’t fake it.
And I know I just can’t make it.
Call out those engines now
And clang those bells, I’m burning wow!
Yes, that’s my style
Contact & Licensing Info
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Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / email@example.com
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May 28 2014