Top Tune of the Week

Week of February 9, 2011

Cy Coleman - Playboy's Theme

The soundtrack to ’50s/’60s swingin’ bachelor pad cool…

In the late 1950s, Cy Coleman opened the Playroom, his own nightclub located in midtown NYC. The Playroom quickly became a hangout for the New York celebrity crowd (gents like William Holden and Jackie Gleason were regulars) and the Broadway elite. A frequent patron was none other than Hugh Hefner, who quickly struck up a friendship with Coleman, a bond that would last until Cy’s passing in 2004. At the time, Hef was about to debut his now-iconic television show, Playboy After Dark, and tapped Cy to write the theme, which would go on to become one of the generation’s defining instrumentals and Cy’s biggest hit as a performer. Cy frequently appeared on the program over the years — here’s Cy’s first appearance from October 1959, performing “Witchcraft” (a Top 10 hit for Sinatra).

Put on your smoking jacket and slippers, mix yourself a dry martini, and crank the hi-fi for a little “Playboy’s Theme.”

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3 Responses to “Cy Coleman – Playboy’s Theme”

  1. Shelby says:

    I just wish I drank martinis, listening to this again. Love, Shelby

  2. Shelby says:

    I just wish I drank Martinis, listening to this. Wine is fine, tho! Love the choice this week.

  3. Shelby says:

    Didn’t mean to send two comments!

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