Posts Tagged ‘Nancy Wilson’

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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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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Nancy Wilson – I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life

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Wilson’s debut single, “Guess Who I Saw Today”, was so successful that between 1960 and 1962, Capitol Records released five Nancy Wilson albums. The song appears on the gem of a jazz album, Something Wonderful, rooted in blues and swing courtesy of her soul-drenched tone and famed big-band arranger, Billy May. Only 23 years old at the time, Wilson shines on the bitter-sweet ballad “I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life” first recorded by Nat “King” Cole & written by Cy Coleman and Joseph McCarthy.

This superb album was unforgivingly out-of-print for decades but was remastered & reissued in 2004 by Blue Note Records. A brilliant work of blues, swing & jazz featuring the great tenor legend Ben Webster, Shelly Manne on drums, Jack Marshall on guitar, and Justin Gordon on flute. “They Call It Stormy Monday” is particularly killer, the whole album is well worth seeking out!

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Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth, Administered by Downtown Music Publishing contact: and Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
Master controlled by Blue Note Records. Contact: Doug James /

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Nancy Wilson – The Best is Yet to Come

It would be most remiss of us not to give a huge Happy 75th Birthday shout out to Blue Note Records, the preeminent American jazz and hard bop label founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis in New York City. In November the label will release the first official illustrated history of Blue Note Records, authored by Richard Havers and including forewords by Wayne Shorter, Robert Glasper, and Blue Note President Don Was. The 400-page hardcover book will celebrate over seven decades of extraordinary music and their ongoing commitment to “Uncompromising Expression”.

We’ve highlighted many master recordings this year from our very own uncompromising expressionist & Blue Note artist, Rosanne Cash. This week’s Top Tune comes from one of the many jazz vocalists and artists on the legendary label who have recorded multiple tunes from the Notable catalog. She was one of the most artistically & commercially successful artists in Capitol Records group history, the great Nancy Wilson.

Wilson’s version of Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh’s classic “The Best is Yet to Come” was released on the 1963 Top 5 Billboard album, Yesterday’s Love Songs, Today’s Blues. Her version predates the Frank Sinatra/Count Basie version arranged by Quincy Jones that has since served as the standard interpretation of the song but squarely packs a punch. The arrangement was courtesy of the late-great West Coast Jazz master, Gerald Wilson.

Nancy recalls of the session: “The energy level was so high back then because you knew you had to get it right today – you really couldn’t come back in tomorrow and do it again”. Wilson continues: “We didn’t need two years to do an album then. We were already doing these songs everynight and the arrangers would know how to get the most out of a song. The musicians were so great and could read so well, all you had to do was put the charts in front of them and they could get ‘em down.”

Thank you to The Breeders’ Cup for making this week’s tune your signature tune for the 3rd year in a row! Tune in this Saturday Nov 1 for an encore performance of the song LIVE on NBC at 8p ET by Kristin Chenoweth before the running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

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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 Blue Note Records. Contact: Doug James /

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DJ Bonebrake & The Bonebrake Syncopators – Why Try To Change Me Now

Best known as the drummer and a founding member of legendary LA punk band X, DJ Bonebrake’s musical roots run deeper than many may know. Following his groundbreaking work with such iconic punk bands as the Eyes and, most notably, X (the later of which he is still a member), DJ began to further explore his love of jazz, both classic and of the Latin variety.

With his Bonebrake Syncopators, DJ has found an outlet for his passion of jazz from the early eras, and the combo has aided in his growing rep as one of the finest vibraphonists this side of the Mississippi. Joining DJ (who’s playing the vibes) in the Syncopators are Jonathan Stout on guitar, Dave Stuckey on drums, Wally Hersom on upright bass, and Jeremy Wakefield doing double duty on this track on lap steel guitar and vocals.

Cy Coleman and his first collaborative partner, Joseph A. McCarthy, wrote several classics during their time together, but “Why Try To Change Me Now” is arguably the duo’s most beloved composition. Recorded by such crooners as Frank Sinatra and Nancy Wilson, soul legend Brook Benton, Jazz great Elvin Jones, and most recently Fiona Apple, “Why Try To Change Me Now” is an immortal standard – a truly timeless accompaniment to a broken heart or a hearty glass of whisky. Or, most likely, both.

We are proud to present to you – for the first time anywhere – the Syncopators’ take on “Why Try To Change Me Now”…

Visit DJ and the Syncopators on the web HERE

A video of Fiona Apple’s stunning live rendition of the song can be found HERE

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Master controlled by Notable Music Co. / contact:,
Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP) admin. by BMG Rights Management and Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP) / contact:

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