Posts Tagged ‘Peggy Lee’

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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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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Peggy Lee – Then Was Then & Now is Now

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Peggy Lee was one of the few jazz & pop legends of the post-swing era who was also an accomplished songwriter. She wrote the lyrics to many of her hit singles as well as songs for motion pictures including songs included in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp (1955), Anatomy of a Murder w/Duke Ellington, Carl Reiner’s The Russians Are Coming! The Russians are Coming! (1966), and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968).

One of Lee’s favorite composers was Cy Coleman, with whom she had teamed up with for much of the 1960′s and beyond. In 1965 she released her twenty-first album for Capitol Records, Then Was Then And Now Is Now, whose title track is this week’s Top Tune with music by Coleman. The album was another success for Peggy Lee who continued to make the transition from the big-band jazz era into the mod post-British Invasion pop world. Lee showcases a wide and eclectic mix of jazz melodies and intimate interpretations of covers ranging from the Kinks’ Ray Davies-penned “I Go to Sleep” to Willie Dixon‘s “Seventh Son”.

This week’s tune would go on to be recorded by the likes of Tony Bennett, Blossom Dearie, and in 2009 a particularly stunning version by Shivaree’s Ambrosia Parsley.

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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
Publishing controlled by Denslow Music, Inc. Inc (Peggy Lee)
Administered by Universal Music Publishing – MGB Songs (ASCAP)
Master controlled by Universal Music Group

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Peggy Lee – Big Spender

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1966 saw the debut of the iconic hit musical Sweet Charity on Broadway. Combining the music of Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, the direction and choreography of the legendary Bob Fosse, and a book written by Neil Simon, Sweet Charity literally reinvented the look and sound of contemporary musical theater.

Of the many standards that came out of the show, “Big Spender” remains one of musical theater’s most memorable classics. Originally immortalized on the original cast record, the tune has been covered and sampled by a very diverse group over the years: from Shirley Bassey to Queen, and Sam Phillips to Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, Jay Z and A$AP Rocky to name a few.

This week’s version was the original pop cut, a Top 10 AC hit for Peggy Lee featuring an impeccable arrangement by Dave Grusin.

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Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP) & Lida Enterprises (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing.
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master Controlled by Universal Music Group.

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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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Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman, Bill Schluger) / Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing (ASCAP) / contact: Sean McGraw/ seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com

Publishing controlled by Denslow Music, Inc. Inc (Peggy Lee) / Administered by Universal Music – MGB Songs (ASCAP) /
Master controlled by Capitol Records/UMG

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