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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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Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
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Tony Bennett – The Rules of the Road

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 learn,
the rules of the road!

This week’s selection is the Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh classic, The Rules of the Road sung by Coleman’s lifelong compatriot, the great Tony Bennett.

We’ve featured Nikka Costa and Rosemary Clooney’s renditions of this tune in the past, but this week we’ve got to give a shout out to the release of: Tony Bennett Live at The Sahara: Las Vegas 1964 just released yesterday for the first time as a stand-alone album. The album captures Bennett’s first ever headlining appearance in Las Vegas at the very commercial peak of his career and features a riveting live version of this week’s Top Tune.

This iconic singer and American legend has recorded over 20 Cy Coleman compositions over his illustrious career and we’re happy and grateful to announce that yesterday also marks, for the first time in digital form, the release his entire Columbia Records catalog. Salute Mr. Bennett!

You can listen to Tony’s thoughts on Cy Coleman HERE.

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Master controlled by Sony / http://hub.sonymusic.com/licensing/contact/
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman) / Contact: Damon Booth – info@notablemusic.net. 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

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Tony Bennett Live at The Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964 available today

51SxHyC0MhL Tony Bennett Live at The Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964 available todayFor the first time as a stand-alone release from Columbia Records: Tony Bennett Live at The Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964. Available today! The American icon is captured at the commercial peak of his career in his first-ever headlining appearance in Las Vegas. The album features a riveting performance of Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh’s, The Rules of the Road. Also available today for the first time digitally is Tony Bennett’s entire Columbia Records catalog. Salute Mr. Bennett!

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Rosemary Clooney – The Rules of the Road

Thanks for Nothing was Rosemary Clooney‘s only album recorded for Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Records and the last full-length lp she recorded until 1977. Arguably considered the last of her great albums, this 1964 work was arranged by Bob Thompson (Duane Eddy, Van Dyke Parks, Phil Ochs) and doesn’t pull a lot of punches lyrically.

The stresses of her personal life at the time are said to be audible on many of the tracks. Her masterful delivery on the brilliant Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh song “The Rules of the Road” just one clear example. Our favorite characters might miss a bend in the road or two but will keep on driving. That’s how it goes, you live and you learn the rules of the road.

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

Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman) / Contact: Damon Booth – info@notablemusic.net. 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

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