Posts Tagged ‘Where Am I Going?’

Dionne Warwick – Where Am I Going

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Brill Building songwriter Burt Bacharach noticed one particular back up singer on a Drifters session harmonizing on tune he wrote and would sign the singer to the production company he owned with his lyricist partner, Hal David in 1962. Dionne Warwick and her new writing team would go on to make pop music history, scoring massive hits with “Walk On By”, “Make It Easy On Yourself”, “Alfie”, and dozens more. Warwick is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist of all time with over 80 singles making all Billboard charts combined.

This week’s Top Tune appears on her 1968 album Promises, Promises. Her 11th studio album, it was produced by Bacharach and David which included three songs from the musical they composed of the same name. “Where Am I Going” had been a big hit for composer Cy Coleman and lyricist Dorothy Fields from their own smash musical Sweet Charity two years earlier and the tune would enjoy more success with cuts by Barbara Streisand and Dusty Springfield during the same period.

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Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP) & Lida Enterprises (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing.
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master Controlled by Warner Music Group.

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Mylo – Zenophile

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This week’s Top Tune comes via Isle of Skye, Scotland bred DJ/record producer Mylo (Myles MacInnes) from his debut 2004 album Destroy Rock & Roll. A mix of twisted house, electroclash and chilled vibes, the album reached #26 on the UK album chart and netted Mylo four Top 20 UK Club tracks and a top 10 U.S. Dance chart hit. The set has drawn comparisons to the work of Daft Punk, Groove Armada and Royksopp.

Growing up on Skye, one of the furthest flung corners of Europe, MacInnes couldn’t be too choosy about his sources of music. “Basically we had Atlantic 252,” he explains. “It was this kind-of soft rock station on long-wave. We all believed it to be transmitted from a boat floating out in the mid-Atlantic.” Continually on tour from club gigs to stints at Coachella and the Isle of Wedge festivals, Mylo is also in demand as a remixer, contributing remixes for artists that include Scissor Sisters, Amy Winehouse, The Killers & Kylie Minogue.

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Published by Notable Music Co. Inc. (ASCAP)

contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net.
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
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Dusty Springfield – Where Am I Going

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Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields‘ score for the legendary hit musical Sweet Charity spawned many memorable numbers (“Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now” among them), but along the way one of the show’s most moving ballads has criminally been little heard outside of the theater in the past couple of decades: the plaintive closing solo “Where Am I Going.”

The song has been covered by an impressive list of vocalists over the years: Barbara Streisand charted with the song early in her career, and soulful divas ranging from Dionne Warwick, Mary Wells and Kim Weston all committed defining interpretations to wax. For today, we decided to present one of our favorite takes… this one from the Queen of blue-eyed soul, the inimitable Dusty Springfield. The track provided the album title for Springfield’s 1967 release, and her reading of the tune is exactly what you’d expect – a lush soulful ballad fronted by one of the most unmistakable female voices of the last century.

Fifty years after it first premiered on Broadway, Tony winner Sutton Foster (TV’s Bunheads, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes), will star in the New Group‘s revival of Sweet Charity Autumn 2016. Leigh Silverman’s intimate staging of the classic will begin previews in November at Off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center featuring choreography by Joshua Bergasse. For more information and to order tickets click HERE.

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Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP) & Lida Enterprises (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
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Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master Controlled by Universal Music Group.

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Dusty Springfield – Sunny

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“I’m biased but I just think she was the greatest white singer there has ever been…every song she sang, she claimed as her own”

- declared Elton John in 1999 as he inducted his friend, Dusty Springfield, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two weeks after her death. Really, who could argue with Elton on that point?!

Dusty, also a member of the UK Music Hall of Fame, released the album containing Bobby Hebb‘s soul gem “Sunny” this week back in 1967 on the Phillips label. The lp was originally issued under the title Where Am I Going, the standout title track from the Cy Coleman musical, Sweet Charity but altered in the U.S. as The Look of Love. The latter was a hit Springfield recording of the Bacharach/David composition for the James Bond parady film, Casino Royale.

Springfield, a fan of Hebb, had introduced many little-known soul singers to the attention of a wider UK record-buying audience. She helped usher in the Motown sound with her covers of Motown songs and by facilitating the first UK TV appearance for The Tempatations, The Supremes, The Miracles and Stevie Wonder on a special edition of the Ready Steady Go! show. Dusty opened each show accompanied by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Motown’s in-house band, The Funk Brothers. She rocks a joyous live version of “Sunny” here, check it out!

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“Sunny” was written by Bobby Hebb. Published by Portable Music Co. (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com. Master controlled by Universal Music Group.

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