When Cy Coleman wasn’t busy playing jazz clubs all across the country during the mid-1950′s, he could often be found back home in NYC hanging out at one of the most famous addresses in music, 1619 Broadway at 49th Street. Better known as, The Brill Building.
“There was this little restaurant at the base of the Brill Building that sold hamburgers and hotdogs called The Turf” said Coleman in an interview many years later to WBAI. “One day I ran into lyricist Carolyn Leigh there and we got to chatting. After a while we decided to go upstairs to find a piano to write together”. By the end of that afternoon they had written their first song together: “A Moment of Madness” which was recorded by Sammy Davis Jr. one week later. For an encore, they sat down and turned out this week’s featured cut: “In Pursuit of Happiness” which quickly fell into the hands of the great Louis Armstrong.
Over the next six years, the duo would go on to write such brilliant standards as “Witchcraft”, “The Best Is Yet To Come”, “Firefly”, “A Doodlin’ Song” and the scores to the hit musicals of Wildcat and Little Me.
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