Posts Tagged ‘Peggy Lee’

Peggy Lee – I’m In Love Again

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Peggy Lee and composer Cy Coleman‘s artistic and personal relationship lasted for decades. From late night parties with pals Cary Grant & Dyan Cannon, to night club sets, tv specials & rewarding recording sessions birthing #1 Pop Hits such as her iconic rendition of Coleman/Fields’ “Big Spender“. Peggy added Cy to a distinguished group of collaborators in Victor Young, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, and Johnny Mandel linking her poetic lyrical abilities with Coleman’s compositional wizardry for a string of 1960s Lee-Coleman penned classics like “That’s My Style”, “Then Was Then and Now is Now”, and “That’s What it Takes”.

Lee routinely released two wholly new albums every year at Capitol Records between 1957-1972. This week’s tune is the title track from her first 1964 offering, another Coleman/Lee classic with punchy arrangements by Dick Hazard, Shorty Rogers and Bill Holeman considered some of the finest of her very prolific decade.

Check out this supremely moving 2009 rendition by Missy Higgins!

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Blossom Dearie – Doop Doo De Doop (A Doodlin’ Song)

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As summer winds down we bring you a tune that was a big hit for Blossom Dearie in 1958 from her stellar album Once Upon A Summertime. Her trio consisted of Mundell Lowe on guitar and the ace rhythm section of Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums.

A sassy mashup of the Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh-penned classic with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club‘s “Spread Your Love” appeared in this beloved ad for The Cosmopolitan Hotel – Las Vegas.

We leave you with a classic live clip of the tune featuring Peggy Lee & Bing Crosby.

Summertime, we hardly knew ye!

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Tony Bennett – Then Was Then And Now Is Now

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Last week we featured Peggy Lee the singer but Lee was a also a successful songwriter. In addition to songs written for Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, Peggy wrote lyrics for such notable composers as Harold Arlen, Sonny Burke, Quincy Jones, Johnny Mandel, and Duke Ellington.

This week’s Top Tune was written by Peggy and her pal Cy Coleman for Tony Bennett‘s 1965 album, If I Ruled the World: Songs For The Jet Set (arranged by Don Costa). The album is a gem and features Bennett’s Top 40 hit, “If I Ruled The World” along with a masterful version of Bart Howard’s “Fly Me To The Moon”. It turns out Tony does rule the world!

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Check out this beautiful late night/early morning take on the tune by the lovely Ambrosia Parsley from 2009′s, The Best Is Yet To Come, The Songs of Cy Coleman, produced by Dave Palmer.

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Peggy Lee – A Doodlin’ Song

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Classically trained pianist and later the grand host of NYC’s cabaret scene, Julius Monk, staged a succession of revues at the Upstairs At The Downstairs on West 56th Street in Manhattan. From the mid-1950s through the mid-1960s, Monk’s annual revues are said to have established the standard for New York cabaret. Singers and collaborators who frequently performed or worked with Monk included Robert Downey, Sr., Sylvia Syms, Blossom Dearie, Imogene Coca, and Liberace to name a few.

It was Blossom Dearie who first recorded this week’s Top Tune and “whose willowy voice had begun attracting devoted fans through the fifties and was a favorite of Julius Monk” writes Andy Propst, author of the new comprehensive bio You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman. The song would enjoy subsequent recordings but probably the most famous was this version by Peggy Lee in 1963 which was a B-side to her single “Got That Magic” on Capitol Records. Lee was inspired to use the song after encountering it for the first time in one of Monk’s revues.


You can hear a bit of Dearie’s version in this sweet mash-up with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s “Spread Your Love” for the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas.

Here’s a great vintage clip by Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke and Sylvia Lewis.

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Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (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 (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
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