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Jon Rauhouse Orchestra feat. Rachel Flotard – He’s Stuck In The Chimney Again

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It’s that time of year for an encore of this week’s tune & a chance to wish you all a very safe & happy holidays! The song was written by Cy Coleman & Floyd Huddleston in 1966 and wonderfully recorded last year by the Jon Rauhouse Orchestra featuring Rachel Flotard. You can listen to the original demo sung by Huddleston’s wife Nancy Adams, who is also the lovely voice behind Maid Marian from Disney’s 1973 film, Robin Hood, HERE.

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Hear more brilliant performances by Jon Rauhouse and Rachel Flotard on the magnificent new 8 LP box set, Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule - the complete Neko Case discography on 180-gram black vinyl. Remastered from the original analog tapes, the set includes an 80-page full color photography book that was designed and curated by Neko herself and would make someone on your holiday gift list extremely happy. We know this because we gifted one to ourselves and it’s a stunner! You can pick one up HERE.

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Contact & Licensing Info
“He’s Stuck in the Chimney Again” – 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 Notable Music Co.

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Jon Rauhouse Orchestra ft. Rachel Flotard – He’s Stuck in the Chimney Again

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This week we offer up our favorite “new” holiday tune with a powerful pedigree.

One day while digging through dusty demo tapes in the vault, we unearthed this little gem written in 1966. The music is by Cy Coleman (who was riding high at the time with Peggy Lee’s #1 pop hit “Big Spender”, a song from the Broadway production of his hit musical, Sweet Charity) and the lyrics are by Floyd Huddleston. Coleman and Huddleston had written a handful of songs together & previously enjoyed some chart success with “Sweet Talk” recorded by Damita Jo for Mercury Records in 1965. Floyd was born in Leland Mississippi and would get his start writing songs for Glenn Miller‘s band during WWII. His pop compositions would later include “Just For Laughs”, and “You started Something” plus lyrics for songs in several films including The Ballad of Josie and Midnight Cowboy and for Disney: The Aristocats and Robin Hood.

We’re thrilled to feature this week a newly recorded version, the first since 1966, by one of our favorite instrumentalists in the land; Jon Rauhouse and his Orchestra ft. Rachel Flotard. Jon is a solo artist and a longtime member of Neko Case’s band who can be heard on guitar, pedal steel, and trombone on Neko’s Grammy-nominated albums as well as projects by Jakob Dylan, Kelly Hogan, Howe Gelb, and Billy Bob Thornton. Singer Rachel Flotard (front woman, guitarist and songwriter of critically acclaimed power punk trio, Visqueen) along with Tommy Connell on guitar, Nick Luca on piano, John Marston on bass and Matthew Watkins on drums, bring a huge dose of holiday cheer. Available now on iTunes.

Wishing you all peace, joy, and happiness for the Holidays & New Year!

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Contact & Licensing Info
“He’s Stuck in the Chimney Again” – Published by Notable Music Co. Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master controlled by Notable Music Co.

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“He’s Stuck in the Chimney Again” now available on iTunes

Notable CHIMNEY final 1024x1024 Hes Stuck in the Chimney Again now available on iTunesCy Coleman’s vintage Christmas tune “He’s Stuck in the Chimney Again” is available today on iTunes! Recorded by The Jon Rauhouse Orchestra ft. Rachel Flotard, this rarely-heard holiday gem was written in 1966 by Cy Coleman (The Best is Yet to Come, Witchcraft, Big Spender) and Floyd Huddleston (Disney’s animated features The Aristocats & Robin Hood, tunes for Midnight Cowboy, Highway To Love, You Started Something). The performance features one of our favorite multi-intrumentalists, Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, Sally Timms) and his orchestra featuring singer Rachel Flotard of Visqueen fame with Tommy Connell on guitar, Nick Luca on piano, John Marston on bass and Matthew Watkins on drums.

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The Jon Rauhouse Sestet feat. Rachel Flotard – Witchcraft

“Jon Rauhouse plays pedal steel guitar the way John Zorn plays the saxophone.” —Paste Magazine

Written in 1957, “Witchcraft” was originally composed as an instrumental piece by Cy Coleman for a small theatre revue. Lyrics were later added by Coleman’s longtime collaborator Carolyn Leigh, and the tune was subsequently recorded by Sinatra, in an arrangement by the great Nelson Riddle.

In 1957 Sinatra was in the middle of filming “Pal Joey” for Columbia Pictures and his time was even more limited than usual – but Capitol Records really wanted to release a new single, and began pressuring Frank to find a tune. Sinatra heard a demo of “Witchcraft” (sung by Cy) and immediately cut it. The song spent 16 weeks on the charts and went on to became one of Frank’s most iconic numbers. Sinatra actually recorded “Witchcraft” three times in a studio setting: The first recording was the ’57 single release (later released on his compilation album “All the Way” in ’61), Sinatra and Riddle re-recorded “Witchcraft” during his Reprise Records years for 63′s “Sinatra’s Sinatra”, and finally, he recorded it as a duet with Anita Baker for “Duets” in 1993. Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and the Oscar Peterson Trio are among those who have all tackled the song, recording classic versions all their own.

Jon Rauhouse first came to critical notoriety as a member of the Grievous Angels in the mid 1990s. Since then, Jon – one of the new masters of pedel steel (and Hawaiian guitar) – has put out several of his own critically acclaimed releases, as well as appearing on tours and recordings by the likes of Neko Case, Sally Timms, Kelly Hogan, Calexico, the Waco Brothers, Giant Sand, and the Old 97′s, among others.

We were thrilled when Jon said he wanted to tackle a version of “Witchcraft”… and we are pleased today to present you Mr. Rauhouse’s swinging affair, featuring sublime vocals courtesy of Rachel Flotard.

Purchase Jon Rauhouse’s “Witchcraft” HERE.
Visit Jon on the web HERE.

We leave you with this from Ol’ Blue Eyes from 1965.

CONTACT & LICENSING INFO:

Master controlled by Notable Music Co / http://notablemusic.net/licensing

Publishing (Cy Coleman, ASCAP) controlled by Notable Music Co. / Administered by BMG Rights Management / contact: ed.razzano@bmg.com

Publishing (Carolyn Leigh, ASCAP) controlled by Morley Music Co c/o MPL Communications Inc / contact: inquiry@mplcommunications.com

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