Posts Tagged ‘Rat Pack’

Buddy Greco – Sweet Pussycat

(click song title above to listen)

As a young man, South Philly’s Buddy Greco spent a few years under the tutelage of none other than famed bandleader Benny Goodman. He was offered jobs for much more money but was urged by his father, an opera critic, to “go with Mr. Goodman and learn your craft, you’re going to thank me!”

He must have thanked Dad because as a jazz pianist, vocalist, and Las Vegas headliner, Greco recorded more than 60 albums and had hits with “The Lady Is A Tramp”, “Girl Talk”, and “MacArthur Park”. He often sat in with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. of the Rat Pack and collaborated with Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Lena Horne, and many more.

Before jumping ship to Sinatra’s Reprise Records in 1966, Buddy recorded this week’s top tune with a 60-piece symphony orchestra in London for Epic Records. The great chromatic build up is the perfect soundtrack to your loungy martini-fueled summer evenings, no?

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Written by Cy Coleman & Bill Schluger.
Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master controlled by Sony Music Group.

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Sammy Davis Jr. – My Personal Property

Sammy Davis Jr. returned to the charts in a big way with his 1968 album, I’ve Gotta Be Me earning him a top-30 album and its’ title track a #11 pop hit. Once again successfully blending showtunes and popular standards made famous by his Rat Pack buddies, Davis records three songs for the album penned by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, two from the original iconic 1966 Broadway musical Sweet Charity.

The third song written by the pair is this week’s top tune and was a song written specifically for the film version which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Score in 1969. Sammy, always a force to be reckoned with, also starred in the film along side Shirley MacLaine, Ricardo Montalban, and Chita Rivera.

Please enjoy this little love letter to New York by one of the best performers of all time!

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Master Controlled by Warner Music Group http://www.wmgmusiclicensing.com

Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. Рcontact Damon Booth info@notablemusic.net/ Administered by BMG Chrysalis / contact: wendy.griffiths@bmgchrysalis.com

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