Top Tune of the Week

Week of March 2, 2011

Nikka Costa - The Rules of the Road

First recorded by Nat King Cole in 1961, “The Rules of the Road” remains one of the most beloved tunes in the Notable catalog. Co-written by the legendary team of Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, the sultry “Rules” has been covered over the years by such luminaries as Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Shirley Horn, Lena Horn, Bobby Short, Buddy Greco, and Anita O’Day. In 2009 Nikka Costa recorded this soulful reading of the tune for the tribute album “The Best Is Yet To Come: The Songs of Cy Coleman” – instantly making it her own.

We are proud to debut this never-before-seen video of Nikka’s incredible live performance of the song, filmed at Los Angeles’ famed Largo at the Coronet at the 2009 Cy Coleman Tribute Concert! Watch it HERE
“The Rules of the Road” lyrics HERE

“The Rules of the Road” is published by Notable Music Co. & Carwin Music Inc./EMI U Catalog Inc. (ASCAP)

Contact & Licensing info:
Master (Nikka Costa) controlled by Notable Music Co. / BMG/Chrysalis Music Group / contact:,

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

Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc. /


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