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Published on Mar 26, 2013
The song "When Sunny Gets Blue" by Jack Segal & Marvin Fisher
Jack Segal (October 19, 1918 in Minneapolis, Minnesota -- February 10, 2005 in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California) was a pianist and composer of popular American songs, best known for writing the lyrics to Scarlet Ribbons. His composition "May I Come In?" was the title track for a Blossom Dearie album. It has been estimated that his songs have helped sell 65 million records.Lyrics for the ballad that was perhaps Segal's greatest hit, Scarlet Ribbons, (with music composed by Evelyn Danzig Levine) were written in just 15 minutes in 1949, but the song languished until Segal presented it to Harry Belafonte five years later. Belafonte's recording was responsible for making the song a hit. At least 30 other artists have also recorded Scarlet Ribbons, including the Kingston Trio, Joan Baez, Sinéad O'Connor, the Lennon Sisters, Wayne Newton, Perry Como and Dinah Shore.
The song "How High The Moon" is a "Jazz standard" with lyrics by Nancy Hamilton and music by Morgan Lewis. It was first featured in the 1940 Broadway theater revue "Two for the Show". It is sung here by June Christy who joins The Nat Cole Trio of Nat Cole, Oscar Moore & Johnny Miller with Mel Torme sitting in on Drums.
June Christy (November 20, 1925 -- June 21, 1990), born Shirley Luster, was an American singer, known for her work in the cool jazz genre and for her silky smooth vocals. Her success as a singer began with The Stan Kenton Orchestra. She pursued a solo career from 1954 and is best known for her debut album Something Cool. After her death, she was hailed as "one of the finest and most neglected singers of her time."
Melvin Howard Tormé (September 13, 1925 -- June 5, 1999), nicknamed The Velvet Fog, was an American musician, known for his jazz singing. He was also a jazz composer and arranger, drummer, pianist, and actor in radio, film, and television, and the author of five books. He composed the music for the classic holiday song "The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") and co-wrote the lyrics with Bob Wells.