Top Tune of the Week

Week of June 14, 2017

Peggy Lee - Then Was Then And Now is Now

(click song title above to listen)

Peggy Lee was one of the few jazz & pop legends of the post-swing era who was also an accomplished songwriter. She wrote the lyrics to many of her hit singles as well as songs for motion pictures including songs included in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp (1955), Anatomy of a Murder w/Duke Ellington, Carl Reiner’s The Russians Are Coming! The Russians are Coming! (1966), and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968).

One of Lee’s favorite composers was Cy Coleman, with whom she had teamed up with for much of the 1960′s and beyond. In 1965 she released her twenty-first album for Capitol Records, Then Was Then And Now Is Now, whose title track is this week’s Top Tune with music by Coleman. The album was another success for Peggy Lee who continued to make the transition from the big-band jazz era into the mod post-British Invasion pop world. Lee showcases a wide and eclectic mix of jazz melodies and intimate interpretations of covers ranging from the Kinks’ Ray Davies-penned “I Go to Sleep” to Willie Dixon‘s “Seventh Son”.

This week’s tune would go on to be recorded by the likes of Tony Bennett, Blossom Dearie, and in 2009 a particularly stunning version by Shivaree’s Ambrosia Parsley.

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Contact & Licensing info:

Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman)
Contact: Damon Booth
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / contact: Sean McGraw
Publishing controlled by Denslow Music, Inc. Inc (Peggy Lee)
Administered by Universal Music Publishing – MGB Songs (ASCAP)
Master controlled by Universal Music Group


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