Posts Tagged ‘On The Other Side of the Tracks’

Barbara McNair – On the Other Side of the Tracks

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“For those who know where The Niceness lives, they’ll find it’s moved in here. Twelve good songs rendered warm as the heart of a tree. All by Barbara, who’ll sing you no lies.” – Mel Torme

Barbara McNair‘s 1966 album I Enjoy Being a Girl was recorded in three distinct sessions. The first featured strings and a second, a tight-knit group of four trombones. The last included an impressive big, blowing, fifteen-man horn section that contains this week’s Top Tune.

“On the Other Side of the Tracks” with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, was one of three written by the pair and masterfully recorded by McNair for the album. It would be the last project she would do for Warner Bros. Records before jumping ship to Motown.

McNair ended her Motown run with a pair of 1968 singles “Would I Be Without You” and “You Could Never Love Him” before turning her attention to a budding film & tv career. She would host her own syndicated variety series The Barbara McNair Show, co-star with Elvis Presley in the 1969 film Change of Habit, and prominently appear opposite Sidney Poitier in 1970′s They Call Me Mister Tibbs!. McNair continued to act and to headline nightclubs until her passing in 2007.

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Contact & Licensing Info
Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Warner Music Group.

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Tony Bennett – On The Other Side of The Tracks

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Las Vegas Boulevard was renamed Tony Bennett Boulevard this past weekend in honor of the singing legend’s contribution to establishing Vegas as the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World. The ceremony took place on the iconic Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

Several hotels and casinos dimmed their lights in homage where Tony headlined (he has outlived many of the others!). Bennett was also the guest of honor at Keep Memory Alive‘s 20th annual Power of Love Gala at the MGM Garden which raises funds and awareness for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Heath and its fight against brain disease including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis and multiple system atrophy. For more info and to donate, click HERE.

Tony recorded this week’s Top Tune in 1963 for his Columbia Records album, This Is All I Ask. The song was written by his pal Cy Coleman and the great lyricist Carolyn Leigh for the hit Broadway musical comedy Little Me. The set reached #24 on the Billboard Top 200.

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Contact & Licensing Info
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 EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Sony / http://www.sonymusiclicensing.com/

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Sarah Vaughan – On the Other Side of the Tracks

Sass developed her musical chops along side the seminal figures of jazz. Starting out singing in bands with Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine, Vaughan helped put 52nd street (Swing Street) on the map. Her band mates included giants Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charlie Parker. She enjoyed two successful decades on Mercury Records during the 50′s and 60′s including one final set for the label, Sassy Swings Again in 1967.

On this album, Sarah joins an all-star band including the likes of Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Phil Woods, and Benny Golson on this week’s Top Tune: Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh‘s “On the Other Side of the Tracks”. The performances and album, which was awarded four stars by Stephen Cook, are described as an essential session during her “autumnal prime”. This song was cleverly plucked from the hit musical, Little Me, a Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh tuner from 1962 which starred Sid Caesar and received 10 Tony nominations. The musical has been seen many award-winning revivals since it’s Broadway debut, you can catch the latest incarnation starting today May 1 and running through May 19 at the Eureka Theatre, San Francisco starring Jason Graae.

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Contact & Licensing Info:

Master controlled by Universal Music Group / http://www.universalfilmandtvmusic.com
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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Little Me – May 1 – 19, The Eureka Theatre – San Francisco

17763 10151579124152264 471640201 n Little Me   May 1   19, The Eureka Theatre   San FranciscoCy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh & Neil Simon’s Tony-Award winning musical, Little Me starring Jason Graae & Sharon Rietkerk. May 1 – 19 – The Eureka Theatre. Features the hit songs: “Real Live Girl“, “I’ve Got Your Number“, “On The Other Side of The Tracks“, “To Be A Performer“. Tix & info HERE.

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