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The 1960 musical comedy Wildcat is significant not only as the Broadway debut for Lucille Ball (arguably the biggest star on the planet at the time), but also as it marked Cy Coleman‘s first foray into the world of musical theatre… a community in which he would soon become one of it’s most legendary and prolific figures.
The musical was an instant hit… but it’s doubtful at the time that anyone would guess that the show’s opening number would go on to achieve such iconic status. “Hey, Look Me Over” became an instant standard, and was subsequently recorded by a “who’s who” of the era’s stars: Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Short, The Lettermen, Judy Garland, Mel Tormé, and Peggy Lee, among many others. A personal favorite is the reading by the one and only Louis Armstrong, presented here.
Since 1962, Louisiana residents and football fans in general undoubtedly know the tune as “Hey, Fighting Tigers,”… LSU got Cy and co-writer Carolyn Leigh’s permission to adapt the song as LSU’s official school song (with new lyrics from Leigh), and it remains one of the more recognizable sports anthems to this day.
Watch two legendary ladies performing this iconic tune:
Watch a rare live TV performance from Judy Garland.
Here’s Lucille Ball and her Wildcat costar performing the first act on the Ed Sullivan show, taped during the Broadway run.
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May 18 2016
Hackney Empire London: On July 6th, 2016 BBC Radio 2′s Friday Night Is Music Night celebrates the life and work of the great composer Cy Coleman. Coleman gave Sinatra ‘Witchcraft’; Tony Bennett ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ and Sammy Davis Jr ‘The Rhythm of Life’. He was the six year old child prodigy who gave piano recitals at Carnegie Hall; he grew up to be one of the most successful songwriters and composers in musical theatre winning five Tony Awards, two Grammy’s and three Emmys; his shows included ‘Sweet Charity‘ starring Shirley Maclaine; ‘Wildcat‘ starring Lucille Ball, and ‘Barnum‘ which starred Jim Dale and Glen Close on Broadway and Michael Crawford in London.
Come celebrate the life and work of Cy Coleman with the 60 piece BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Mike Reed (Barnum, Sunset Boulevard) and a stellar cast from London’s West End. Click HERE for tickets and info.
May 05 2016
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Trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and songwriter Kermit Ruffins is a mainstay of contemporary New Orleans music and a regular highlight of the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Famous for his frequent barbecue bashes at the bars he and his band regularly perform in, you may also recognize Kermit from HBO’s Treme where he appeared as himself as a recurring character.
Kermit emits joy and passion in his performances which are on generous display on this week’s Top Tune, “Hey Look Me Over” which is a show tune first made popular by Lucille Ball in Cy Coleman‘s 1960 hit musical Wildcat. The tune has been a staple with marching bands for decades and has also been recorded by the likes of Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, not to mention Kermit’s hero, the great Louis Armstrong. Gotta say, it’s Kermit’s version that swings the hardest!
If you’re heading down to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest, do stop in and see Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers Saturday May 2, 2:45PM. View a full schedule HERE.
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Apr 08 2015
If you’ve ever been near a parade in your life or maybe watched Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or The Tournament of Roses parade on TV, you’ve heard this week’s Top Tune march on by. Maybe someone you know attended the 1964 Democratic Convention or a political rally for Senator Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts. They would recognize this week’s Top Tune which was Mr. Kennedy’s official campaign for the duration of a very long distinguished career. Maybe you’ve attended an LSU Fighting Tigers football game?
Whatever the case, the ever-upbeat & hopeful sentiment of “Hey Look Me Over” is a classic of the Great American Songbook. The song made its major debut on December 16, 1960 during the opening night of Cy Coleman‘s musical, Wildcat starring Lucille Ball. The story goes that Lucy, who had begun her career as a chorus girl, had since developed serious stage fright at the prospect of singing on front of living people. So, when the show needed a signature song for Lucy to sing, Cy Coleman (and lyricist Carolyn Leigh) conjured up a song for ‘everywoman’; one that contained “something like four notes”. Lucy and Disi Arnaz invested $360,000 in the show in exchange for 36% of the net profits and the rights to the original cast recording (ultimately released by RCA Victor). The original cast recording was made on December 18, 1960 in Webster Hall, NYC. The song has since been recorded by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, Johnny Mathis, Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and the list goes on and on. Please enjoy!
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Mar 13 2013