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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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Contact & Licensing info:
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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Original 1960 Broadway Cast – Hey Look Me Over

If you’ve ever been near a parade in your life or maybe watched Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or The Tournament of Roses parade on TV, you’ve heard this week’s Top Tune march on by. Maybe someone you know attended the 1964 Democratic Convention or a political rally for Senator Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts. They would recognize this week’s Top Tune which was Mr. Kennedy’s official campaign for the duration of a very long distinguished career. Maybe you’ve attended an LSU Fighting Tigers football game?

Whatever the case, the ever-upbeat & hopeful sentiment of “Hey Look Me Over” is a classic of the Great American Songbook. The song made its major debut on December 16, 1960 during the opening night of Cy Coleman‘s musical, Wildcat starring Lucille Ball. The story goes that Lucy, who had begun her career as a chorus girl, had since developed serious stage fright at the prospect of singing on front of living people. So, when the show needed a signature song for Lucy to sing, Cy Coleman (and lyricist Carolyn Leigh) conjured up a song for ‘everywoman’; one that contained “something like four notes”. Lucy and Disi Arnaz invested $360,000 in the show in exchange for 36% of the net profits and the rights to the original cast recording (ultimately released by RCA Victor). The original cast recording was made on December 18, 1960 in Webster Hall, NYC. The song has since been recorded by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, Johnny Mathis, Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and the list goes on and on. Please enjoy!

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Master controlled by Sony / http://hub.sonymusic.com/licensing/contact/
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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Cy Coleman talks about Lucy

cy2 Cy Coleman talks about LucyMarking the centenary of Lucille Ball, check out this podcast with Cy Coleman himself as he describes what it was like crafting a hit for Lucy with lyricist Carolyn Leigh… “Hey Look Me Over” – Listen HERE.

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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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