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Louis Armstrong – Hey Look Me Over

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The 1960 musical comedy 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 musical 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 standard, 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 Broadway run.

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Louis Armstrong Master controlled by Universal Music Group /
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
FilmTVInquiries@sonyatv.com

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Kermit Ruffins – Hey Look Me Over

(click song title above to listen)

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 info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / contact: Sean McGraw seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc. / http://www.emimusicpub.com/licensing/index.php
Master controlled by Basin Street Records.

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Louis Armstrong – In Pursuit of Happiness

When Cy Coleman wasn’t busy playing jazz clubs all across the country during the mid-1950′s, he could often be found back home in NYC hanging out at one of the most famous addresses in music, 1619 Broadway at 49th Street. Better known as, The Brill Building.

“There was this little restaurant at the base of the Brill Building that sold hamburgers and hotdogs called The Turf” said Coleman in an interview many years later to WBAI. “One day I ran into lyricist Carolyn Leigh there and we got to chatting. After a while we decided to go upstairs to find a piano to write together”. By the end of that afternoon they had written their first song together: “A Moment of Madness” which was recorded by Sammy Davis Jr. one week later. For an encore, they sat down and turned out this week’s featured cut: “In Pursuit of Happiness” which quickly fell into the hands of the great Louis Armstrong.

Over the next six years, the duo would go on to write such brilliant standards as “Witchcraft”, “The Best Is Yet To Come”, “Firefly”, “A Doodlin’ Song” and the scores to the hit musicals of Wildcat and Little Me.

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Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth – info@notablemusic.net. Administred by BMG Chrysalis. Contact: Wendy.Griffiths@bmgchrysalis.com & Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)/Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc. http://www.emimusicpub.com/licensing/index.php

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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 / http://www.universalfilmandtvmusic.com
Judy Garland Master controlled by Savoy/Denon / contact: syncinquiry@slgmusicus.com
Lucille Ball Master controlled by Sony / http://hub.sonymusic.com/licensing/contact/
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co.(Cy Coleman) / Administered by BMG Rights Management / contact: ed.razzano@bmg.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc. / http://www.emimusicpub.com/licensing/index.php

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