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Peggy Lee – A Doodlin’ Song

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Classically trained pianist and later the grand host of NYC’s cabaret scene, Julius Monk, staged a succession of revues at the Upstairs At The Downstairs on West 56th Street in Manhattan. From the mid-1950s through the mid-1960s, Monk’s annual revues are said to have established the standard for New York cabaret. Singers and collaborators who frequently performed or worked with Monk included Robert Downey, Sr., Sylvia Syms, Blossom Dearie, Imogene Coca, and Liberace to name a few.

It was Blossom Dearie who first recorded this week’s Top Tune and “whose willowy voice had begun attracting devoted fans through the fifties and was a favorite of Julius Monk” writes Andy Propst, author of the new comprehensive bio You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman. The song would enjoy subsequent recordings but probably the most famous was this version by Peggy Lee in 1963 which was a B-side to her single “Got That Magic” on Capitol Records. Lee was inspired to use the song after encountering it for the first time in one of Monk’s revues.


You can hear a bit of Dearie’s version in this sweet mash-up with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s “Spread Your Love” for the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas.

Here’s a great vintage clip by Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke and Sylvia Lewis.

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Nanci Adams – I’m Serving Out A Heavy Sentence Loving You

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This week’s top tune comes from the companion CD to the critically-acclaimed new Cy Coleman bio by Andy Propst, You Fascinate Me So: The Life And Times of Cy Coleman from Applause Books (read some recent praise from Masterworks’, Peter Filichia HERE).

The album was produced by Ken Bloom of Harbinger Records and co-released by The Musical Theater Project as part of their Songwriter Showcase Series, a collection of albums that spotlights great songwriters interpreting their own music and lyrics. For the first time on CD, hear Coleman perform 28 songs from his Broadway, Off-Broadway, rare pop songs, and songs from shows that never opened. From the liner notes: “Cy never lost his urge to perform, with this album compiled from demo recordings he made over the years, you can sample his work as both a composer and a pianist-singer”.

“I’m Serving A Heavy Sentence Loving You” is a demo from 1966 with probably one of the best titles of any song in our catalog and a lyric by Floyd Huddleston.

“Pop music was changing profoundly in the 1960s, but Cy adapted without missing a beat, as evidenced not only by the mod sounds in Sweet Charity, but also in this collaboration with Floyd Huddleston, a friend throughout Cy’s life.” says Bloom. “He would ultimately turn to Huddleston’s wife, Nanci Adams, for assitance during the filming of Sweet Charity. She was hired to contract the studio singers who provided vocals during the movie’s opening and closing moments”. Adams, who sings on the demo was also the singing voice of Maid Marian from Disney’s Robin Hood in 1973.

“The album serves as both a soundtrack to Propst’s exemplary new biography and a volume that can stand on its own right from a songwriter who also happened to be a nightclub pro – a virtuosic pianist and coolly conversational singer”. – Joe Marchese, The Second Disc. You can order your copy HERE.

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You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman

97814803559033 673x1024 You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy ColemanAt long last, Cy Coleman gets his own biography! You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman is available today (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books) and it was well worth the wait. Author Andy Propst written a beautiful and detailed account of the child prodigy who gave piano recitals at Steinway Hall, Town Hall, Carnegie Hall between the ages of 6 and 9 before becoming one of the Broadway’s most preeminent & prolific composers. Grammy, Tony, and Emmy-winning songwriter and producer, Coleman penned such standards as Witchcraft, The Best is Yet to Come, Why Try to Change Me Now and Big Spender. One of the last of the Great American Songbook writers, Cy also enjoyed a long successful career as a hot jazz pianist and early TV celebrity. Propst’s book is a comprehensive and fascinating account of a great artist and Songwriters Hall of Fame member. Includes interviews with friends, collaborators, family and the singers who immortalized his songs on stage. A must-have. Order your copy HERE.

You can also check out the amazing companion site HERE for a full discography of Cy Coleman’s tunes including audio clips of rare tracks and a wealth of information on his produced musicals, unproduced musicals, and commissioned work.

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