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Peggy Lee – Then Was Then & Now is Now

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Peggy Lee was one of the few jazz & pop legends of the post-swing era who was also an accomplished songwriter. She wrote the lyrics to many of her hit singles as well as songs for motion pictures including songs included in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp (1955), Anatomy of a Murder w/Duke Ellington, Carl Reiner’s The Russians Are Coming! The Russians are Coming! (1966), and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968).

One of Lee’s favorite composers was Cy Coleman, with whom she had teamed up with for much of the 1960′s and beyond. In 1965 she released her twenty-first album for Capitol Records, Then Was Then And Now Is Now, whose title track is this week’s Top Tune with music by Coleman. The album was another success for Peggy Lee who continued to make the transition from the big-band jazz era into the mod post-British Invasion pop world. Lee showcases a wide and eclectic mix of jazz melodies and intimate interpretations of covers ranging from the Kinks’ Ray Davies-penned “I Go to Sleep” to Willie Dixon‘s “Seventh Son”.

This week’s tune would go on to be recorded by the likes of Tony Bennett, Blossom Dearie, and in 2009 a particularly stunning version by Shivaree’s Ambrosia Parsley.

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Contact & Licensing info:

Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman)
Contact: Damon Booth
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / contact: Sean McGraw
Publishing controlled by Denslow Music, Inc. Inc (Peggy Lee)
Administered by Universal Music Publishing – MGB Songs (ASCAP)
Master controlled by Universal Music Group

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Then Was Then…Aquarius

aquarius 1024x654 Then Was Then...AquariusHear Cy Coleman & Peggy Lee‘s classic tune “Then Was Then And Now Is Now” in tonight’s episode of Aquarius on NBC or click HERE to watch online.

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Ambrosia Parsley – Then Was Then and Now Is Now

For a decade Ambrosia Parsley provided the heart, face and voice of Shivaree, cult favorites here, left-field chart-toppers abroad. Featured in many other works by artists such as Mocean Worker’s album Enter the Mowo & Verbena’s La Musica Negra, Ambrosia delivers one of our favorite vocal performances of all time on this week’s Top Tune originally released on 2009′s The Best Is Yet To Come, The Songs of Cy Coleman.

Preparing now for her next full album project, Ambrosia offers this disclaimer: “What remains of the “music industry” six years later is no place for a working mother who writes long, dark waltzes, talks like a sailor and may have just recently completed a harrowing years-long search for the perfect pie crust recipe. I recently spent eight weeks in barber school with a very nice muslim man from Morocco and two dashing parolees who’d rather eat donuts, and all i have to show for it is an ill-fitting smock and a bunch of friends who enjoy free haircuts.” Dear, Miss Parsley, please sign us up for all of the above.

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Contact & Licensing info:

Master Licensing info: Notable Music Co. / BMG/Chrysalis Music Group / contact: Damon Booth /

Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. / Cy Coleman / Administered by BMG Chrysalis (ASCAP) / contact:

Publishing controlled by Denslow Music, Inc. Inc (Peggy Lee) / Administered by Universal Music – MGB Songs (ASCAP) / contact:

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