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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 /
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw /
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Sony /

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