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Linda Clifford – If My Friends Could See Me Now

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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.

Want to see a sweet clip? 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 Big Deal Music Group / Contact: Jennifer Falco / jennifer@bigdealmusicgroup.com
Master Controlled by Warner Music Group.

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Cy Coleman – Real Live Girl

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This past summer the fine folks at Sony Legacy released a remastered digital version of Cy Coleman‘s dapper debut vocal album If My Friends Could See Me Now, Cy Coleman Sings His Own Big Hits With Orchestra. The set, originally released in 1967 on Columbia Records “was conceived on 52nd street, mulled over in Beverly Hills, rehearsed on the French Riviera and recorded in London”. Credit goes to Des Champ, Gordon Franks and Peter Jeffries – three distinguished British arrangers and pub crawlers – for the fine arrangements.

“In an era where ‘singer-composer’ has often come to mean someone who finds himself in front of a microphone with nothing to sing and simply takes matters into his own hands, I’m hoping this album strikes a responsive chord among those of us who stubbornly measure the top-forty hit songs not by the week, but by the decade, or as in the case of one recalcitrant quite close to this writer, the half-century.” Edward Keibart (from the original liner notes). Mission accomplished!

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Contact & Licensing info:
Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman) / Administered by Big Deal Music Group
Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Contact: Jennifer Falco / jennifer@bigdealmusicgroup.com
Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by Sony/EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Sony Music Group.

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Bob Dylan – Why Try To Change Me Now

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Three years ago this week, Bob Dylan tipped his hat to Frank Sinatra with his critically acclaimed 36th studio album for Columbia Records, Shadows In The Night. The intimate album was done live in one or two takes and recorded in famed Capitol Studio B, where the Chairman had recorded so much of his classic work. Shadows consists of ballads recorded by Frank in the late 50s and 60s, songs that explored the emotions of heartache and melancholy. The album debuted at #1 on the UK Album charts and at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 and was nominated for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

Because there were no earphones or overdubs used in the recording, engineer Al Schmitt moved the musicians (Tony Garnier – double bass, Donny Herron – pedal steel, Charlie Sexton – electric guitar, Stu Kimball – acoustic guitar, George Receli – drums) around in the room in a semicircle around Dylan who was facing them to get the right balance in the room. “I used Capitol’s Neumann U47 on Bob’s vocals. The very same microphone that was used on Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Nat King Cole. I’ve used it on Paul McCartney and Diana Krall too.” says Al.

“Bob loves these songs and put his heart and soul into singing them. If there was something slightly off-pitch it didn’t matter, because his soul was there and he laid the songs open and bare the way they are.” continued Schmitt. Stunning all around!

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Contact & Licensing Info
Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP)
Contact: Damon Booth info@notablemusic.net, Administered by Big Deal Music Group contact: Jennifer Falco/jennifer@bigdealmusicgroup.com
For Joseph McCarthy: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
Master controlled by Sony Music Group.

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Tony Bennett – I’m in Love Again

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Frank Sinatra was long-rumored at one time to be recording an album called Here’s to the Ladies but never got around to actually making the record. In 1995 Tony Bennett did just that, the theme being songs made famous by female singers. It won Bennett the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance in 1997. The tune was written by Cy Coleman and Peggy Lee and was the title track to Lee’s 1964 album for Capitol Records.

By the mid-1990s, Bennett was as popular as he had ever been. His latest come back was sealed by 1994′s MTV Unplugged feat. Elvis Costello and K.D. Lang, which went platinum and won the Grammy for Album of the year as all as another for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance. Tony became a Grammy perennial, taking home a multitude of Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance awards for his albums On Holiday: A Tribute to Billie Holiday (1998), Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool (2000), Playin’ With My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues (2003), A Wonderful World (2004), The Art of Romance (2006), Duets: An American Classic (2007), Duets II (2012), Cheek to Cheek (2015), The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern (2016) and just this past Sunday, Tony Bennett Celebrates ’90. Congrats Mr. Bennett on your latest win!

Check out Aussie-star Missy Higgins‘ poignant 2009 take on the classic tune HERE.

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Contact & Licensing info:

Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman)
Administered by Big Deal Music Group (ASCAP) / contact: Jennifer Falco/ jennifer@bigdealmusicgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Denslow Music, Inc. Inc (Peggy Lee)
Administered by Universal Music – MGB Songs (ASCAP)
Master controlled by Sony Music Group

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