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Nancy Wilson – Why Try to Change Me Now

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Signed to Capitol Records in 1960, Welcome To My Love was Nancy Wilson‘s twentieth lp for Capitol in less than eight years. As with other strong sellers like Nat King Cole, Al Martino, and George Shearing, the label turned her into a recording machine churning out four albums a year. Most of them packaged this R&B singer in slick commercial settings but this album takes her a lot closer to home.

Recorded on November 3rd, 1967 at Capitol Studios and with charts by St. Louis-born arranger-composer Oliver Nelson, each track is anchored by a tight rhythm section and in the words of James Gavin of the New York Times, “the brass is lean and articulate, the strings never cloy. Rarely has a singer given a program from the masters – Rodgers and Hart, Cy Coleman, Sammy Cahn, more bite than Wilson”.

The tune is by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Joseph McCarthy and was the ballad that launched Cy as a pop composer. Sinatra cut it first for Columbia in the mid-1950s and it went on to find a permanent home in the saloon songbook. Check out these poignant renditions from Fiona Apple and Bob Dylan!

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Contact & Licensing Info
Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP)
Contact: Damon Booth, Administered by Downtown Music Publishing contact:
For Joseph McCarthy: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
Master controlled by Capitol Records/Universal Music Group.

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Dylan Covers Coleman

Dylan Shadows In the Night 2 Dylan Covers ColemanBob Dylan‘s 36th studio album, Shadows in the Night, is available today from Columbia Records. The album represents a lifelong appreciation for Sinatra, toasting a very specific era in pop songwriting. Dylan performs a remarkable version of Cy Coleman & Joseph McCarthy’s poignant ballad, “Why Try to Change Me Now” with Donny Herron on pedal steel. It’s a song Sinatra first recorded on his 1959 album No One Cares followed by touching renditions by artists ranging from Jimmy Scott to Fiona Apple.

Dylan’s version of “Why Try To Change Me Now may be one of the most revealing tunes he has sung in the twentieth century. It’s the best reason he’s given for recording this album” - Pitchfork.

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Bob Dylan covers Cy Coleman

Dylan Shadows In the Night 2 Bob Dylan covers Cy ColemanColumbia Records announced today that Bob Dylan‘s new studio album, Shadows In The Night, will be released on February 3, 2015. Featuring ten tracks, the album is the 36th studio set from Bob Dylan and marks the first new music from the artist since 2012′s worldwide hit Tempest. Dylan commented, “It was a real privilege to make this album. I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a 5-piece band. That’s key to all these performances. We knew these songs extremely well. It was all done live. Maybe one or two takes. No over dubbing. no vocal booths. No headphones.”

The album features Cy Coleman and Joseph McCarthy’s beautiful ballad “Why Try to Change Me Now” first made famous by Frank Sinatra in 1959. Pre-order the album HERE.

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Fiona Apple sings Cy Coleman on new Starbucks compilation

women of jazz Fiona Apple sings Cy Coleman on new Starbucks compilationWomen of JazzFrom jazz’s genisis into the 21st Century is available now from Starbucks. Featuring Fiona Apple‘s version Cy Coleman & Joseph McCarthy’s classic tune, “Why Try To Change Me Now”. Also features tracks by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Alice Coltrane, and Nina Simone. You can order your copy HERE. From the liner notes: “Fiona Apple might seem an unlikely choice for this compilation, but the singer-songwriter and pianist has leaned in a jazz direction with each progressive album. On Cy Coleman’s “Why Try To Change Me Now”, she shows that she belongs among these legends…” It comes from the 2009 tribute album to the legendary Broadway composer, The Best is Yet to Come, The Songs of Cy Coleman“. Produced by Dave Palmer.

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