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Linda Clifford – If My Friends Could See Me Now

Brooklyn-born jazz singer turned disco-diva Linda Clifford scored a #1 Billboard Dance smash in 1978 with this week’s Top Tune, If My Friends Could See Me Now.

A former Miss New York State, Clifford started working as an actress in major films like The Boston Strangler with Tony Curtis and Henry Fonda, Coogan’s Bluff with Clint Eastwood and the film musical Sweet Charity with Shirley MacLaine. The latter earned an Academy Award nomination for the score, it’s only fitting that she returned to one if it’s classic tunes (penned by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields) for the most successful pop and dance record of her career.

Signed to Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records in the mid 1970s, Mayfield over saw production of the album of the same name. Curtis brought on jazz trumpeter & composer, Gil Askey to arrange the track. Askey was one of the architects of the legendary Motown sound and served as musical director, producer, and arranger for such artists as Gladys Knight, The Temptations, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder among others. Clifford would go on to record many more albums for the Curtom label including a duet album with Mayfield (The Right Combination) and 1980′s I’m Yours produced by Isaac Hayes.

Wait, what? You say you want to see the video clip complete with a dancing robot? Of course you do. Here you go.

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Contact & Licensing Info
“If My Friends Could See Me Now” music: Cy Coleman, lyrics: Dorothy Fields. Published by Notable Music Co. & Lida Enterprises. Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master Controlled by Warner Music Group http://www.wmgmusiclicensing.com

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Sammy Davis Jr – If My Friends Could See Me Now

1966 saw the debut of the iconic hit musical “Sweet Charity” on Broadway: Combining the music of Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, the direction and choreography of the legendary Bob Fosse, and a book written by Neil Simon, “Charity” literally reinvented the look and sound of contemporary musical theatre. Of the many standards that came out of the play, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” remains one of musical theater’s most hummable classics. Originally immortalized by Gwen Verdon in the play and original cast record (and later by the star of the film adaptation, Shirley Maclaine), “Friends” had been covered by a select few over the years: Pearl Bailey and Dr John both put their stamps on unique covers; Curtis Mayfield produced a cover by Linda Clifford in 1978 which reached #1 on the Disco chart. But here we present you with Sammy Davis Jr’s defining take from 1969… cool, swingin’ and sung as only Sammy could.

Lyrics to “If My Friends Could See Me Now” HERE!
Check out this clip of a flash mob surprising New York shoppers with a street theatre interpretation. Amazing. Check it HERE!

Contact & Licensing info:
Master controlled by Warner Music Group (Sammy Davis Jr) https://www.wmgmusiclicensing.com/WMGML/Login.aspx
Published by Notable Music Co. Inc. and Lida Enterprises (ASCAP) / Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. /Administered by BMG Rights Management / contact: ed.razzano@bmg.com

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