Posts Tagged ‘RCA Records’

Lena Horne – The Rules of the Road

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Singer/actress/civil rights activist Lena Horne pursued nightclub entertaining for more than 60 years. Her first job was at the Cotton Club in the 1930s (where she could perform but not be admitted as a customer) and grew to include successful concert stints all around the world until the 1990s. Her recording career stretched from 1936 to 2000 and brought her three Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989 and her own Tony-winning one-woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music in 1981.

This week’s Top Tune comes from her 1962 studio album for RCA Victor, Lena on the Blue Side, and features tunes mainly inspired by the blues brilliantly arranged and conducted by Marty Gold. This beloved torcher was written by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh and in addition to Lena’s stunning interpretation, the song has been recorded by the likes of Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Nikka Costa, and several times more by Tony Bennett.

Well, love often shows a funny return
The brighter it glows the longer you burn
And Lord only knows love has little concern
For the fools of the road

But that’s how it goes, you live and you lean
The rules of the road.

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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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Jesse Belvin – The Best is Yet to Come

Signed to RCA Records in 1959, R&B singer and pianist, Jesse Belvin had previously co-written the massive crossover hit “Earth Angel” recorded by The Penguins. Jesse also co-wrote and sang “Good Night My Love” (for Modern Records) which became the outro theme for Alan Freed‘s legendary rock and roll radio show.

After years of signing to labels under different names and giving away too much credit for too little in return, he was inspired by his wife and manager Jo Anne to develop his style at RCA. Soon after he had a Top 40 hit with “Guess Who” (written by his wife). His new label began molding him as a potential crossover star, a rival to Capitol Records’ Nat “King” Cole whose style and talent he greatly admired.

Eventually Jesse was paired with the great arranger Marty Paich (Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Buddy Rich) and an orchestra including saxophonist Art Pepper to record soulful covers of standards like this week’s Top Tune, “The Best is Yet to Come” by Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh. His nick name, Mr. Easy also became the name of the album. Described as a powerful and charismatic performer, Belvin was believed to be well on his way to becoming a major star. Sadly, on February 6, 1960 Jesse and his wife were killed in a head-on car crash shortly after finishing a performance in Little Rock, AR on a bill with Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson. He never got to hear the finished album which was released later that year.

We hope you enjoy one of the best from an artist of great talent whose career was cut way too short!

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Contact & Licensing Info
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.
http://www.emimusicpub.com/licensing/index.php
Master controlled by Sony / http://hub.sonymusic.com/licensing/contact/

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