Top Tune of the Week

Week of March 30, 2011

Sammy Davis Jr - If My Friends Could See Me Now

1966 saw the debut of the iconic hit musical “Sweet Charity” on Broadway: Combining the music of Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, the direction and choreography of the legendary Bob Fosse, and a book written by Neil Simon, “Charity” literally reinvented the look and sound of contemporary musical theatre. Of the many standards that came out of the play, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” remains one of musical theater’s most hummable classics. Originally immortalized by Gwen Verdon in the play and original cast record (and later by the star of the film adaptation, Shirley Maclaine), “Friends” had been covered by a select few over the years: Pearl Bailey and Dr John both put their stamps on unique covers; Curtis Mayfield produced a cover by Linda Clifford in 1978 which reached #1 on the Disco chart. But here we present you with Sammy Davis Jr’s defining take from 1969… cool, swingin’ and sung as only Sammy could.

Lyrics to “If My Friends Could See Me Now” HERE!
Check out this clip of a flash mob surprising New York shoppers with a street theatre interpretation. Amazing. Check it HERE!

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