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Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh – Real Live Girl

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This week we’re delighted to bring you the recently discovered original demo of Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh‘s “Real Live Girl” sung by the writers themselves! The song was written for and sung by Sid Caesar in the hit 1962 Broadway musical Little Me which went on to be nominated for 10 Tony Awards. Jack Jones’ suave & stylish interpretation would find success on his 1963 album She Loves Me.

Cy & Carolyn met at the Brill Building in the late-1950s and would go on to create music history together with standards like “The Best Is Yet To Come” originally cut by Tony Bennett, “Witchcraft” for Frank Sinatra, “Pass Me By” recorded by Peggy Lee and written for the Cary Grant film Father Goose, and “Hey Look Me Over” for the 1960 musical Wildcat starring Lucille Ball just to name a few.

Both writers would come to admit in interviews that their collaborative relationship would often result in “legendary battles”. Coleman blamed her possessiveness and jealousy of his work with his jazz trio and Leigh summed it up as “we were young…there were a couple of very sensitive egos involved”. They would manage to reconcile differences for the most part, even renting summer homes in the Hamptons close enough for Cy to swim over for an afternoon of writing. Sadly their creative partnership would eventually buckle under the strain of the London premiere of Little Me in 1963 but their extremely prolific five years together would produce some of the most clever, catchy, sophisticated tunes ever to grace the Great American Songbook!

unnamed 241x300 Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh   Real Live Girl

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 Notable Music Co. Inc.

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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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Jack Jones – Real Live Girl

Nothing can beat getting swept off your feet by a real. live. girl…sings Jack Jones on this gem from his 1963 album, She Loves Me. The song was originally sung by Sid Caesar from the hit Broadway musical Little Me running that same year which went on to be nominated for 10 Tony Awards.

Discovered singing in clubs in San Francisco by Peter King in 1961, Jack Jones was quickly signed to the Kapp label. Paired with arranger Jack Elliott for this one, Elliott captures the breezy, playful spirit of the song by Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leah but throws in some bossa nova for good measure.

I’ll take the flowering hat
And the towering heel, and a squeal
of a real, live, girl.

hey, he’s just sayin’.

Jack Jones She Loves Me 5340221 296x300 Jack Jones   Real Live Girl

Contact & Licensing Info
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman)
Administered by BMG Chrysalis
Contact: Wendy.Griffiths@bmgchrysalis.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 Universal Music Group / http://www.universalfilmandtvmusic.com

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Cy Coleman Favorites – EZ Play

51 eupm4aAL. SS500  Cy Coleman Favorites   EZ PlayBeginner piano/keyboard: 16 standards penned by the incomparable composer Cy Coleman from some of his most popular shows: The Best Is Yet to Come * Big Spender * Hey, Look Me Over * If My Friends Could See Me Now * Pass Me By * Real Live Girl * Rules of the Road * more! Available HERE.

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