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Sammy Davis Jr – If My Friends Could See Me Now

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, Charity literally reinvented the look and sound of contemporary musical theater. Of the many standards that came out of the show, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” remains one of musical theater’s most hummable classics. Originally immortalized by Gwen Verdon from the original cast album (and later by the star of the film adaptation, Shirley MacLaine), “Friends” had been covered by a select bunch over the years. Pearl Bailey and Dr John both put their stamps on unique covers; Curtis Mayfield produced a cover by Linda Clifford in 1978 which reached #1 on the Disco chart. But here we present you with Sammy Davis Jr‘s defining take from 1969… cool, swingin’ and sung as only Sammy could.

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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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Sammy Davis Jr. – I’m a Brass Band

1969 saw the release of Sammy Davis Jr’s I’ve Gotta Be Me – a hit album for the crooner which featured no less than three songs from Cy Coleman’s massive hit play Sweet Charity. In addition to today’s Top Tune of “I’m a Brass Band,” the LP also included Sammy’s takes on Charity‘s “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “My Personal Property” (fans also know that Sammy appeared that same year in the film version of the play, delivering a powerhouse on-screen “Rhythm of Life”).

Sweet Charity debuted on Broadway in 1966, combining the music of Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields. the direction and choreography of the legendary Bob Fosse, and a book written by none other than Neil Simon. “Charity” literally reinvented the look and sound of contemporary musical theatre, and it remains an in-demand production these 45 years later.

Check out Shirley MacLaine’s version of the tune, in this scene from the Sweet Charity film.

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Sammy Davis Jr – If My Friends Could See Me Now

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, “Charity” literally reinvented the look and sound of contemporary musical theatre. Of the many standards that came out of the play, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” remains one of musical theater’s most hummable classics. Originally immortalized by Gwen Verdon in the play and original cast record (and later by the star of the film adaptation, Shirley Maclaine), “Friends” had been covered by a select few over the years: Pearl Bailey and Dr John both put their stamps on unique covers; Curtis Mayfield produced a cover by Linda Clifford in 1978 which reached #1 on the Disco chart. But here we present you with Sammy Davis Jr’s defining take from 1969… cool, swingin’ and sung as only Sammy could.

Lyrics to “If My Friends Could See Me Now” HERE!
Check out this clip of a flash mob surprising New York shoppers with a street theatre interpretation. Amazing. Check it HERE!

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Published by Notable Music Co. Inc. and Lida Enterprises (ASCAP) / Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. /Administered by BMG Rights Management / contact: ed.razzano@bmg.com

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