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Sylvia Syms – On Second Thought

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Frank Sinatra loved saloon singers. In fact, it’s all he said that he wanted to be. One he loved most of all was the singer of this week’s top tune, Sylvia Syms. Syms sang tough, sentimental songs in joints in Harlem and on New York’s 52nd Street for years and as a teenager received informal training from the likes of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie. Sinatra became such huge fan that he later personally conducted one of her albums.

“On Second Thought” is a heartbreaker of a tune written by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh & was produced by Nesuhi Ertegun for Atlantic Records in 1976. Judy Garland once made Sylvia sing it 16 times at a New Year’s Eve party but would never record it because she insisted Sylvia was the only singer in the world who could sing it properly. It’s a perfect example of a great saloon song sung by one of the best in the business.

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Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth /
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
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Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc/Sony ATV Music Publishing.
Original Master Controlled by Warner Music Group

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Kermit Ruffins – Hey Look Me Over

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Trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and songwriter Kermit Ruffins is a mainstay of contemporary New Orleans music and a regular highlight of the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Famous for his frequent barbecue bashes at the bars he and his band regularly perform in, you may also recognize Kermit from HBO’s Treme where he appeared as himself as a recurring character.

Kermit emits joy and passion in his performances which are on generous display on this week’s Top Tune, “Hey Look Me Over” which is a show tune first made popular by Lucille Ball in Cy Coleman‘s 1960 hit musical Wildcat. The tune has been a staple with marching bands for decades and has also been recorded by the likes of Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, not to mention Kermit’s hero, the great Louis Armstrong. Gotta say, it’s Kermit’s version that swings the hardest!

If you’re heading down to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest, do stop in and see Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers Saturday May 2, 2:45PM. View a full schedule HERE.

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Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co.(Cy Coleman) / Contact: Damon Booth Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / contact: Sean McGraw
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc. /
Master controlled by Basin Street Records.

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Louis Armstrong – Hey, Look Me Over

The 1960 play WIldcat is significant not only as the Broadway debut for Lucille Ball (arguably the biggest star on the planet at the time), but also as it marked Cy Coleman’s first foray into the world of musical theatre… a community in which he would soon become one of it’s most legendary and prolific figures.

The play was an instant hit… but it’s doubtful at the time that anyone would guess that the show’s opening number would go on to achieve such iconic status. “Hey, Look Me Over” became an instant hit, and was subsequently recorded by a “who’s who” of the era’s stars: Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Short, The Lettermen, Judy Garland, Mel Tormé, and Peggy Lee, among many others. A personal favorite is the reading by the one and only Louis Armstrong, presented here.

Since 1962, Louisiana residents and football fans in general undoubtedly know the tune as “Hey, Fighting Tigers,”… LSU got Cy and co-writer Carolyn Leigh’s permission to adapt the song as LSU’s official school song (with new lyrics from Leigh), and it remains one of the more recognizable sports anthems to this day.

Watch two legendary ladies performing this iconic tune:
Watch a rare live TV performance from Judy Garland.
Here’s Lucille Ball and her Wildcat costar performing the first act on the Ed Sullivan show, taped during the play’s Broadway run.

Contact & Licensing info:
Louis Armstrong Master controlled by Universal Music Group /
Judy Garland Master controlled by Savoy/Denon / contact:
Lucille Ball Master controlled by Sony /
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co.(Cy Coleman) / Administered by BMG Rights Management / contact:
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc. /

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