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There have been many incredible versions of Cy Coleman & Joseph McCarthy‘s great ballad, “Why Try to Change Me Now” recorded over the years. It’s one of those tunes that always seems to resonate deeply with singers, each one able to put their own powerful stamp on it.
Our favorites include Fiona Apple‘s version from the 2009 album, The Best is Yet to Come, The Songs of Cy Coleman and most recently, Bob Dylan‘s superb version from his new album, Shadows in the Night.
But, it’s the very fist version of the song that sets the bar. It was recorded this very week back in ’59 at legendary Capitol Studios A in Hollywood by Frank Sinatra. The album was arranged by the versatile arranger, composer, and pianist Gordon Jenkins who had moved over to Capitol from RCA’s “X” records. Jenkins’ lush string arrangements can be heard on artists records ranging from Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole, to Johnny Cash and Harry Nilsson. As rock and roll gained popularity int he 1960s, Jenkins style fell out of favor and he only worked sporadically. However, Frank continued to call on his services for the next two decades at the new label he started, Reprise Records.
Contact & Licensing Info
Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth firstname.lastname@example.org, Administered by Downtown Music Publishing contact: email@example.com and Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP). Master controlled by Capitol Records.