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Nat “King” Cole – I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life

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Following the success of Sinatra’s successful compilation, This Is Sinatra!, Capitol Records followed suit in August of 1957 with a collection of previously released singles from the great Nat “King” Cole.

The lp This is Nat “King” Cole reached #18 on the Billboard album chart and featured the timeless Cy Coleman/Joseph McCarthy ballad, “I’m Gonna Laugh You Out of My Life”. Additional renowned recordings of the song followed by the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mathis and Nancy Wilson but Nat’s was the first. The arrangement is a classic by Nelson Riddle.

I’m gonna laugh you right out of my life

Make it a beautiful joke

No one will know you broke my heart

But if I find you and I…really meant that last goodbye

Then, I’m gonna laugh so hard I’ll cry.

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Contact & Licensing info:
Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP) Contact: Damon Booth /
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing.
Contact: Sean McGraw /
For Joseph McCarthy: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
Master Controlled by Universal Music Group.

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Lena Horne – The Rules of the Road

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Singer/actress/civil rights activist Lena Horne pursued nightclub entertaining for more than 60 years. Her first job was at the Cotton Club in the 1930s (where she could perform but not be admitted as a customer) and grew to include successful concert stints all around the world until the 1990s. Her recording career stretched from 1936 to 2000 and brought her three Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989 and her own Tony-winning one-woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music in 1981.

This week’s Top Tune comes from her 1962 studio album for RCA Victor, Lena on the Blue Side, and features tunes mainly inspired by the blues brilliantly arranged and conducted by Marty Gold. This beloved torcher was written by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh and in addition to Lena’s stunning interpretation, the song has been recorded by the likes of Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Nikka Costa, and several times more by Tony Bennett.

Well, love often shows a funny return
The brighter it glows the longer you burn
And Lord only knows love has little concern
For the fools of the road

But that’s how it goes, you live and you lean
The rules of the road.

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Contact & Licensing Info
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth /
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw /
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Sony /

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Nelson Riddle – Playboy’s Theme

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LENNY BRUCE: “This is a kind of a…an interesting party. You know, I first figured it would be like, sort of a TV typical fake party. But it’s got a good party feeling to it, with some pretty chicks, which is a good composite.”

HUGH HEFNER: “Well, yes…the girls, and we serve real liquor. It does the trick!”

LB: “That’s what grooved me about the show. That it’s an honest…it’s actually a party. So whatever happens at a party, within, you know, limitations…”

HH: “Well, we’re trying to build the personality of the show out of the magazine itself and make the thing sort of a sophisticated weekly get-together of the people that we dig and the people who dig us. Just have ourselves a kind of late night ball”.

It was this week in 1959 that Playboy founder/editor/publisher Hugh Hefner would broadcast his first episode of the new variety television talk show, Playboy’s Penthouse. Hefner would put his personal touch on the show throughout, cruising Lake Shore Drive, party-bound, in his own Mercedes 300SL to the opening credits and an original theme song which was composed and recorded by Cy Coleman two weeks before the premiere episode. The show was filmed in downtown Chicago’s WBKB-TV studios (where decades later Oprah Winfrey began her show) and ran in syndication from 1959-1961 for 44 episodes.

The debut party included Lenny Bruce, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Cy Coleman who would unveil his newest tune, “The Best is Yet to Come”, which Sinatra would soon record. It was a blatantly color-blind, happy, gutsy, unapologetic swirl of vice on-the-set with some of the greatest recording artists, comics, actors, authors, bunnies, & various other late-night dignitaries canoodling amid the smoke, the booze, and the wall-to-wall cocktail piano.

This week we feature the great arranger Nelson Riddle‘s version of the theme from his 1962 lp, Love Is A Game of Poker. If you don’t swing, please don’t ring!

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Original Master controlled by Capitol Records. “Playboy’s Theme” written by Cy Coleman, Published by Notable Music Co. Inc. (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / contact:

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Carmen McRae – I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life

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Carmen McRae is widely regarded as an artistic equal to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Billie Holiday and she had a career that spanned five decades. Many consider her 1964 album, Bittersweet recorded for Mort Fega’s small independent label, Focus, her finest. We agree 100%, it’s one of our favorite late night/early morning records to put on the turntable.

Carmen McRae won an amateur talent contest at the Apollo Theater in her native Harlem neighborhood where she was discovered by jazz pianist Teddy Wilson. Trough Wilson, McRae would eventually meet Billie Holiday who became her biggest influence and who later recorded Carmen’s original composition “Dream of Life”. McRae later recalled, “If Billie Holiday had never existed, I probably wouldn’t have either”.

During a long and distinguished career McRae was recognized as a supremely insightful interpreter of lyrics. “Every word is very important to me,” she said. “Lyrics come first, then the melody. “The lyric of a song I might decide to sing must have something that I can convince you with. It’s like an actress who selects a role that contains something she wants to portray”.

On this week’s Top Tune, with her signature and soulful behind-the-beat vocal style, McRae accompanies herself on piano on the defiant “I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life”. A song that lyricist Joe McCarthy initially envisioned as an uptempo, smart fast tune in the vein of “Just One of Those Things” until composer Cy Coleman talked him out of it. Coleman insisted “No. No. No. Joe. No you understand, it’s a ballad!” (excerpt from Andry Propst’s upcoming book, You Fascinate Me So, The Life & Times of Cy Coleman). Nat King Cole would prove Coleman correct and give the song its’ debut recording in 1957. In Carmen’s hands a few years later, it’s just as (bitter)sweet. Hope you dig it!

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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 Warner Music Group

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