1969 saw the release of Sammy Davis Jr’s I’ve Gotta Be Me – a hit album for the crooner which featured no less than three songs from Cy Coleman’s massive hit play Sweet Charity. In addition to today’s Top Tune of “I’m a Brass Band,” the LP also included Sammy’s takes on Charity‘s “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “My Personal Property” (fans also know that Sammy appeared that same year in the film version of the play, delivering a powerhouse on-screen “Rhythm of Life”).
Sweet Charity debuted on Broadway in 1966, combining the music of Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields. the direction and choreography of the legendary Bob Fosse, and a book written by none other than Neil Simon. “Charity” literally reinvented the look and sound of contemporary musical theatre, and it remains an in-demand production these 45 years later.
Check out Shirley MacLaine’s version of the tune, in this scene from the Sweet Charity film.
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