Top Tune of the Week

Week of January 24, 2018

Nikka Costa - The Rules of the Road

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First recorded by Nat King Cole in 1961, “The Rules of the Road” remains one of the most beloved tunes in the Notable catalog. Co-written by the legendary team of Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, the sultry “Rules” has been covered over the years by such luminaries as Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Shirley Horn, Lena Horne, Bobby Short, Buddy Greco, and Anita O’Day. In 2009 Nikka Costa recorded this soulful reading, arranged and produced by Dave Palmer, for the tribute album “The Best Is Yet To Come: The Songs of Cy Coleman” – instantly making it her own.

Well, love often shows a funny return
The brighter it glows the longer you burn
And Lord only knows love has little concern
For the fools of the road

But that’s how it goes, you live and you lean
The rules of the road.

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Contact & Licensing:
Written by Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh.
Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth /
Administered by Big Deal Music Group
Contact: Jennifer Falco/
Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Notable Music Co. Inc.


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