Top Tune of the Week

Week of March 13, 2013

Original 1960 Broadway Cast - Hey Look Me Over

If you’ve ever been near a parade in your life or maybe watched Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or The Tournament of Roses parade on TV, you’ve heard this week’s Top Tune march on by. Maybe someone you know attended the 1964 Democratic Convention or a political rally for Senator Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts. They would recognize this week’s Top Tune which was Mr. Kennedy’s official campaign for the duration of a very long distinguished career. Maybe you’ve attended an LSU Fighting Tigers football game?

Whatever the case, the ever-upbeat & hopeful sentiment of “Hey Look Me Over” is a classic of the Great American Songbook. The song made its major debut on December 16, 1960 during the opening night of Cy Coleman‘s musical, Wildcat starring Lucille Ball. The story goes that Lucy, who had begun her career as a chorus girl, had since developed serious stage fright at the prospect of singing on front of living people. So, when the show needed a signature song for Lucy to sing, Cy Coleman (and lyricist Carolyn Leigh) conjured up a song for ‘everywoman’; one that contained “something like four notes”. Lucy and Disi Arnaz invested $360,000 in the show in exchange for 36% of the net profits and the rights to the original cast recording (ultimately released by RCA Victor). The original cast recording was made on December 18, 1960 in Webster Hall, NYC. The song has since been recorded by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, Johnny Mathis, Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and the list goes on and on. Please enjoy!

MI0002036615 300x297 Original 1960 Broadway Cast   Hey Look Me Over

Contact & Licensing Info:

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Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth – Administred by BMG Chrysalis. Contact: & Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)/Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.


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