Posts Tagged ‘Joseph A. McCarthy’

Fiona Apple – Why Try to Change Me Now

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So let people wonder
Let ‘em laugh
Let ‘em frown
You know I’ll love you
Till the moon’s upside down
Don’t you remember
I was always your clown
Why try to change me now

“Why Try To Change Me Now” was one of Cy Coleman‘s first major hits… recorded in 1959 by a ‘lil crooner named Frank Sinatra. Over the years such diverse artists as Sammy Davis Jr with Count Basie, Bob Dylan, and Elvin Jones have recorded beautifully unique interpretations of this classic ballad. Fiona’s 2009 reading absolutely floors anyone who listens, and she tackles the tune in a way that truly makes it her own. Apple’s vocals, as per usual, are stunning – that mix of vulnerability and confidence that only she can exude. We are honored that she chose to cut this and another Cy classic (“I Walk A Little Faster”) for The Best Is Yet to Come, The Songs of Cy Coleman tribute album.

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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
For Joseph McCarthy: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
Master controlled by Notable Music Co. Inc.

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Marian Montgomery – Love Is An Old Maid’s Dream

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David Cavanaugh‘s unremittingly swinging arrangements for this album highlight a top notch band featuring brass by Dave Wells and Milt Bernhart, Plas Johnson on tenor sax, and Jack Marshall and Bob Bain on guitars. Recorded at Capitol’s Studio A in August of 1964, this week’s top tune by Cy Coleman and Joseph McCarthy also features Coleman himself on the piano.

The singer is Marian Montgomery who hails from Natchez Mississippi and began her career performing in clubs in Atlanta and Chicago. Her big break came when Peggy Lee was listening to her audition tape in the company of an A&R man from Capitol Records suggesting “forget the song and sign the singer”! Montgomery released three albums on Capitol in the early to mid 1960s and counted Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra among her fans before marrying English pianist Laurie Holloway and relocating to the UK.

Marian became resident singer throughout the 1970s on a hit British chat show hosted by Michael Parkinson and continued to perform sold-out club shows until her death in 2002. The Guardian claimed glowingly “she was possessed of a sumptuously elegant, lingeringly low-lit voice, a subtle understanding of jazz time, and an alertness to the musicians around her.” Check her out for yourself right HERE.

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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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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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Bob Dylan – Why Try To Change Me Now

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One year ago today, Bob Dylan tipped his hat to Frank Sinatra with his critically acclaimed 36th studio album for Columbia Records, Shadows In The Night. The intimate album was done live in one or two takes and recorded in famed Capitol Studio B, where the Chairman had recorded so much of his classic work. Shadows consists of ballads recorded by Frank in the late 50s and 60s, songs that explored the emotions of heartache and melancholy. The album debuted at #1 on the UK Album charts and at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 and is nominated for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards to be held Feb 15th 2016.

In Dylan’s memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, Dylan wrote of Sinatra’s Ebb Tide: “When Frank sang that song, I could hear everything in his voice – death, God, and the universe, everything.” Mojo Magazine correctly points out that the same an be said for Dylan’s half-century of work.

“Why Try To Change Me Now” was written by Cy Coleman and Joseph McCarthy and it’s been said that Dylan’s performance is so assured you might think he wrote it himself. Sinatra and Dylan share that trait in spades. While separated by a generation, as well as style, both men are, of course, rooted in the blues.

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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
For Joseph McCarthy: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
Master controlled by Sony / http://www.sonymusiclicensing.com/

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