Comfy Cozy — Dave Lambert & Co., 1964 (+ lyric transcription)

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from Wikipedia:

David Alden Lambert (June 19, 1917 – October 3, 1966) was an American jazz lyricist, singer, and an originator of vocalese. He was best known as a member of the trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. Lambert spent a lifetime experimenting with the human voice, and expanding the possibilities of its use within jazz.

Lambert’s band debut was with Johnny Long‘s Orchestra in the early 1940s.[1] Along with early partner Buddy Stewart, Lambert successfully brought singing into modern jazz (concurrently with Ella Fitzgerald). In the late 1950s he teamed with wordsmith and vocalese pioneer Jon Hendricks. The two were later joined by Annie Ross, and the lineup was a hit.

After Ross left the group in 1962, Lambert and Hendricks went on without her by using various replacements, but the partnership ended in 1964. He then formed a quintet called “Lambert & Co.” which included the multiple voices of Mary Vonnie, Leslie Dorsey, David Lucas, and Sarah Boatner. The group auditioned for RCA in 1964, and the process was documented by filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker in a 15-minute documentary entitled Audition at RCA.[2][3]

Dave Lambert links:

Audition at RCA, 1964 documentary by D. A. Pennebaker — Songs performed by Lambert & Co. in the film include the following, in this order, “Individualist Waltz” (also referred to elsewhere as “Blow the Man Down”), “Think of Me,” “Leaving,” and “Comfy Cozy.” The performance of “Comfy Cozy” begins shortly after 9:55 in both copies of the film provided below.

personnel: Dave Lambert, Sarah Boatner, Mary Vonnie, Leslie Dorsey, and David Lucas (vocals), Moe Wechsler (piano), George Duvivier (bass), and Gary Chester (drums)

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In the page Dave Lambert: Lost Tracks at JazzWax, dated June 5, 2013, Marc Myers reveals that there were five tracks recorded during the RCA audition that day, and provides a video containing each track, which he says had been uploaded to YouTube by someone a week before the JazzWax page was published. In the same page, Myers indicates that Dave Lambert wrote four of the five songs. If that is correct, then Lambert wrote all except “Old Folks,” a jazz standard that isn’t included in the Pennebaker film. Myers notes that the unearthed tracks include “a complete version of Comfy Cozy, which sheds new light on Lambert’s composing and harmony genius.”

Comfy Cozy (Dave Lambert) — Lambert & Co., RCA Audition, 1964 (complete version) — lyric, transcribed by doc (Jim Radcliff) on 10/9/2020, below the video

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Comfy Cozy (Dave Lambert) — as sung by Lambert & Co., 1964 — lyric

Comfy cozy, nice and warm
And snug as a bug in a rug
You know your life is rosy, wrapped in arms
Never be drug

So secure, no need to speak
I know what it’s all about
Got my security blanket ‘gainst my cheek
Gum in my mouth

Love is a way of just living your life
Live it that way and truly you’ll see
Comfy cozy all your own
You know you can swing with that
God bless the child that gets his love at home
Fortunate cat

Comfy cozy
Snug, yeah, snug
You’re bugged in your rug

Comfy cozy
Snug, yeah, snug
You’re bugged in your rug

Oh, what a tall tale
Why won’t he let us wail
Like “Way down upon the comfy cozy”

Blazing a trail from yesterday
You follow here
You may hope to find
Some comfy cozy all your own
You know you can swing with that
God bless the child that gets his love at home
Fortunate cat

~lyric transcribed by doc (Jim Radcliff) on 9 October 2020 — Please let me know in a comment here, or via my Contact page, if you notice any errors in the transcription.

Not included in my transcription are three short but intense interjectory vocalized sections and a longer early Swingle Singers-like interlude. The first two short interjectory sections come after the first and second “bugged in your rug” sections. Each take the form of an improvised scatting dialog between one of the other male singers and Dave Lambert in which the scatting of David Lucas, in the first case, and Leslie Dorsey in the second, seem to be mockingly dismissed by Lambert’s scatting responses.

The third interjectory section, again evidently improvised, follows the section in which the singers complain that the leader, Lambert, won’t “let us wail.” This time all members speak, and they use normal words and phrasing instead of scat, but it’s hard to make out all the words because several are speaking at the same time. Lambert starts off the section again sounding critical and dismissive, but his jeering response is met this time by more complaints, which he finally seems to acquiesce to, leading to the interlude.

ZOOM season 5 (1976): Let the sunshine in

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Today I published the following page:

The page features a selection of musical numbers performed by the season 5 cast of the 1970s TV series ZOOM. Most of the numbers feature popular songs, including several from the 1960s and 70s, and a couple of the numbers feature medleys of three or more songs.

(above) ZOOM season 5 (1976) cast: (clockwise, from top left) Jennifer Gold, Nell Cox, Arcadio Gonzales, Karen Wing, Ron Richmond, Levell Gethers, Chris Blackwell

Songs included in the new page:

  • Come on and Zoom (Newton Wayland) – the intro or opening of each episode
  • Singin’ In the Rain medley
    • Soon It’s Gonna Rain (m. Harvey Schmidt, w. Tom Jones) – from the 1960 musical The Fantasticks
    • Singin’ in the Rain (m. Nacio Herb Brown, w. Arthur Freed) – published in 1929
    • Here Comes the Sun (George Harrison) – recorded by the Beatles for their 1969 album Abbey Road
    • Let the Sunshine In (m. Galt MacDermot, w. James Rado and Gerome Ragni) – from the 1969 musical Hair — The song is better known as part of the “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” medley first recorded by The 5th Dimension.

Video published on YouTube by ZOOM season 5 cast member Chris Blackwell

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  • Sing medley
    • Sing (Joe Raposo) — Sesame Street song, composed in 1971
    • Make Your Own Kind of Music (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) – first recorded in 1968
    • Come on and Zoom (Newton Wayland)
  • How Do You Do (Woody Guthrie) — version of a song originally recorded by Woody Guthrie under the title “Howdi Do
  • Octopus’s Garden (Richard Starkey) — Ringo Starr song, recorded by the Beatles for their 1969 album Abbey Road
  • SASE Song — at least partially written by Newton Wayland; actual title unknown

Instead of breaking up, let’s do some kissing and making up

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Last night I added the following images to the page “Baby Love” and The Supremes in Amsterdam and London, October 1964.

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All of the photos were taken during the brief 10-day London tour, which included one day in Amsterdam, by The Supremes in October 1964, in the wake of the international explosion of their hits “Where Did Our Love” and “Baby Love.” The latter became the first #1 hit in the UK by a Motown artist. I’ve no idea why they are sitting beside a Christmas tree in October in some of the photos.

Among the albums seen in the image below are the following:

Baby Love (Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland, Jr.)

(below) The Supremes lip-sync to “Baby Love” on an episode of Top of the Pops, originally broadcast on 15 October 1964. It’s the debut UK television appearance by the Supremes. Evidence suggests (see the “Baby Love” page) that the group may have worn the same dresses for the TOTP appearance (possibly taped 7-8 October), a performance at the Carré Theatre in Amsterdam on 14 October, as well as for Manchester Square and Christmas tree photo shoots.

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Also, the following image and video were added yesterday to the page Motown: Holland–Dozier–Holland: selected songs, 1965.

Stop! In the Name of Love (Holland–Dozier–Holland)

The Supremes — from the TV special It’s What’s Happening Baby!, originally broadcast on 28 June 1965

Haven’t I been sweet to you?

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I know some of you want more photos of The Supremes taken during the March-April 1965 Motortown Revue UK tour. Here’s a few of the group on the streets of London during that time, which I may to add to the page Motortown Revue UK Tour, 1965.

All images in this gallery are from the Bentley Image Bank, Bentley Historical Library, an image collection at the University of Michigan Library Digital Collections website.

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(below) Live TV studio recording for the Ready Steady Go! special The Sound of Motown (Season 2, Episode 35) —  taped at Rediffusion Television Studios on 18 March 1965; originally broadcast on 28 April 1965

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky

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New page published today (Tuesday evening):

The new page is the third in my series of 12/8 and 6/8 time songs. As is the case throughout the series, the specific recording of a song selected is either the original recording, when it happens to be in 12/8 or 6/8 time, or the first recording of the song in 12/8 or 6/8 time that I’ve identified. I haven’t yet decided whether to continue the series to part 4.

Those of you who’ve been following the series may note that I’ve changed the phrase “12/8 time songs” to “12/8 and 6/8 time songs” in the previously published pages. A couple of months after I published the first two pages, while reviewing them one day I found that quite a few of the recordings that I’d identified as being in 12/8 time now seemed to me to be in 6/8 time, and there were at least a couple that I was now uncertain about. After considering for awhile breaking up each of the three parts into two sections, one for 12/8 and one for 6/8, eventually I decided to just change all the page titles.

The full series, to date:

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What a Wonderful World (George David Weiss, Bob Thiele)

Louis Armstrong All Stars — taped on 2 July 1968 at Shepherds Bush Studios, London (BBC)

Louis Armstrong (vocal), Tyree Glenn (trombone), Joe Muranyi (clarinet), Marty Napoleon (piano), Buddy Catlett (bass), Danny Barcelona (drums)

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12/8 and 6/8 time were so ubiquitous in songs and recordings of the late 50s and early 60s that I’ve no intention of trying to compile a comprehensive list. Below is my present list, which certainly may be added to from time to time.

12/8 and 6/8  time songs: part 1, 1954-1959 – “Earth Angel” to “Put Your Head on My Shoulder”

12/8 and 6/8 time songs: part 2, 1960-1963 – “At Last” to “Surfer Girl”

  • 1960 – At Last (Etta James version), Get Well Soon, P.S. I Love You (Starlets version), White Christmas (Statues version), You Belong to Me (Santo & Johnny version)
  • 1961 – Can’t Help Falling in Love, Come Home Soon, Daddy’s Home, House of the Rising Sun (Bob Dylan arrangement), I Love How You Love Me, A Moment Ago, My True Story, A Sunday Kind of Love (Mystics version), Till (Angels version), Tragedy (Fleetwoods version)
  • 1962 – Bring It On Home to Me, Cry Baby Cry, Don’t Make Me Over, The End of the World, Surfer Girl (demo), You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me
  • 1963 – Anyone Who Had a Heart, Go Now, I’d Die, In My Room, Surfer Girl

12/8 and 6/8 time songs: part 3, 1964-1978 – “The Warmth of the Sun” to “Good Timin’”

  • 1964 – The Warmth of the Sun
  • 1965 – Didn’t Want to Have to Do It, It’s Gonna Take a Miracle, Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers version), Yes, I’m Ready
  • 1967 – I’ve Gotta Be Me, What a Wonderful World
  • 1969 – Hot Fun in the Summertime
  • 1970 – Colour My World
  • 1973 – Sail On, Sailor
  • 1974 – Good Timin’ (unfinished version)
  • 1976 – Always and Forever
  • 1978 – Good Timin’

Everybody’s movin’ it

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(above) our 4th of July weekend celebration in full swing

Happy July 5th folks! Published the following page yesterday:

ZOOM page index and gallery (link fixed 9/23/2020)

which includes links to four additional recent pages. The index consists of links to Songbook pages focused on the original ZOOM series (1972-1978). Among them are a previously published page, three new ones published on 4 July, and a fourth that is republishing of a May 2020 post. The index also includes links to a couple of ZOOM-focused recent posts on the site.

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ZOOM season 4 (1974-1975): Come fly away in a blue balloon

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Howdy folks! Today I published the following page (link fixed 9/23/2020):

While I’ve struggled to find songwriter credits for some of the original songs included in the page, it’s likely that Newton Wayland, musical director and composer for the original series (1971-1978), at least composed the music for them. However, some of the originals performed in the series were co-written by him and another songwriter, so I’m going to omit lyricist credits for songs where I’m uncertain for now.

Musical staging is by Billy Wilson. See the touching tribute article at The AIDS Memorial, Facebook, published August 14, 2018.

Recordings of some of the songs featured in the new page are also found on the 1977 album ZOOM Tunes, Rounder Records ‎8005. Despite it’s 1977 release (1978, according to some sites) the “ZOOMers” listed on the back of the album are primarily cast members from season 4 (1974-75). The album also includes at least a couple of songs that were used in production numbers in season 5 (1976).

included in the page:

  • Come On and ZOOM (Newton Wayland)
  • I Dig Rock and Roll Music (Paul Stookey, James Mason, and Dave Dixon)
  • Friends (Buzzy Linhart, Mark “Moogy” Klingman)
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Feelin’ Groovy (Paul Simon)
  • Send it to Zoom #2 – at least partly written by Newton Wayland; actual title unknown
  • SASE song – at least partly written by Newton Wayland; actual title unknown
  • Closing: Friends / Come On and Zoom (abbreviated versions)
  • City Child (Newton Wayland*) – links only
  • Blue Balloon (Newton Wayland, Christine Stark*) – with lyric transcription
  • Zoomba

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I Dig Rock and Roll Music (Paul Stookey, James Mason, and Dave Dixon) — performed by ZOOM season 4 cast members: David Sales, Tishy Flaherty, Carmen Hernandez, Cate Wadsworth, Andrae Neilsan, Harvey Reed, Tracey Dunlap, and Tommy Schultz

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* The back of the 1977 ZOOM Tunes album indicates that “[a]ll original tunes and arrangements” are by Newton Wayland, Musical Director of ZOOM. However, some of the original songs are “based on poems” by various children, probably ZOOM fans who sent their poems to the show. The words to “Blue Balloon” are based on a poem by Christine Stark, age 10, of Middle Village, NY. “City Child” is based on poems by three different children, ages 8-10.

ZOOM into Action links and ZOOM reunions on The Dr. Joe Show

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some new 2020 ZOOM stuff:

  • ZOOM into Action, WGBH (YouTube)
    • Introduction by Pablo Velez Jr. (1999), with playlist of videos featuring former ZOOM cast members
    • Playlist: Instruction, teaching, demonstration videos
    • Play of the Week
      • Riddles by Donna Moore – performed by 70s ZOOM members Joe Shrand, Tommy White, Nina Lillie, Tracy Tannebring and Donna Moore
    • ZOOM Chat
      • ZOOMChat #1, 17 April 2020 – host Pablo Velez, Jr. (1999), with guests Jay Schertzer (1972-1973), Bernadette Yao (1972-73), Kenny Yates (2000, 2001), Frances Domond (2001), and Kaleigh Cronin (2001, 2002)
      • ZOOMChat #2, 24 April 2020
  • ZOOM reunions on The Dr. Joe Show (Facebook), a podcast featuring Dr. Joe Shrand with assistant Mark Stiles and guests
    • 4 March 2020 — “I’m Joe” – ZOOM reunion with season 1 (1972) cast members Tommy, Tracy, Kenny, and Joe
    • 28 May 2020 —  “Dr. Joe with David Kamp and the Zoom Family” — guests: David Kamp, author of the book Sunny Days, and ZOOM season 2 (1972-1973) cast members Bernadette Yao and Leon Mobley
    • 25 June 2020“A Zoom Zoom Reunion!” — Dr. Joe’s guests: season 1 (1972) cast members Nancy, Kenny, Tommy, season 3 (1973-1974) cast member Donna Moore, and series creator Christopher Sarson; co-host Thomas McCoy
  • ZOOM reunions on The Dr. Joe Show (YouTube)
    • 4 March 2020 — The Story of “Zoom” — same as the “I’m Joe” episode at the Facebook page, featuring season 1 (1972) cast members Tommy, Tracy, Kenny, and Joe
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    • 1 June 2020 – “The Social Impact of 70s Children’s TV with David Kamp and the Cast of Zoom”  — a portion of the 28 May 2020 episode at the Facebook page — guests: David Kamp, author of the book Sunny Days, and ZOOM season 2 (1972-1973) cast members Bernadette Yao and Leon Mobley

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For the past three months my page Always Friends + original ZOOM season 1 (1972) theme and address songs, including lyrics has been the most visited page on the site. It’s not clear to me why it suddenly became more popular, because I published the page in January 2017.

ZOOM was one my favorite TV shows in the early 1970s, and the cast of season 1 was a great team.They sang and danced as if they meant it. They played and laughed together, and sometimes shared each other’s sorrows and concerns in ZOOMraps.

I remember being heartbroken and in disbelief when I learned that all of the original seven weren’t to return for season two. How could you just break them up? My memory is that the album Playgrounds, featured in the “Always Friends” page, came out well into season 2 of the series, when even the three remaining originals who had carried over to the beginning of season 2 were gone.

Somehow I’d heard the song “Always Friends” back in 1973, though I’d never bought the album. Might have been too expensive. I don’t recall whether I heard it played on PBS to advertise the album or whether it was played on the radio. The song was beautiful, but to me it was also a deeply cutting reminder of the heartbreak of learning that the original seven were not coming back, apparently gone from my life, and perhaps from each others lives as well, forever, or so it seemed…

We really do belong a team
And we had the simple dream
That we wouldn’t have to break apart

I hadn’t heard the song for well over forty years before coming across it again a few years ago.

If you’re a fan of the early ZOOM series, and particularly of the inaugural 1972 season, then don’t miss the March 4th Dr. Joe Show episode featuring a reunion of four of the seven cast members of that first season. Tommy White joins Dr. Joe Shrand and his assistant Mark Stiles in the studio while they connect to two others by phone, Tracy Tannebring calling in from Plano, Texas and Kenny Pires calling from Hampton, Virginia.

With the quorum being moderated by Dr. Joe, each takes a turn telling their personal story of how they were chosen to be a member of the first ZOOM cast, and the four share variously funny and touching stories of their experiences while engaged in creating the weekly episodes of the show. However, to me the highlight of the show was a blessing given by Kenny starting at about the 25 minute point, which I’ve transcribed below.

You know what the most special thing is, from the show, is that we were kids…and we met…we were from all walks of life…all over the place, and to this day, however many…I don’t even wanna know what the years are, I’m not gonna mention that…but we are still friends, to this day…and we haven’t, you know, a lot of us haven’t talked, um, through those years or whatever, and we’ve met for the reunions, and some of us have been there and some of us haven’t, but it doesn’t matter, because we had a special thing, back in the dayand I love them all. And we love each other so much to where, you know, it doesn’t matter how long we haven’t been together, when we get together again it’s like we weren’t apart.

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Blown by wind, kissed by snow

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Today I published the page

12/8 and 6/8 time songs: part 2, 1960-1963 – “At Last” to “Surfer Girl”

The new page is the second part of a series in which each part features a portion of the recordings listed in the page “Earth Angel” to “Good Timin’”: doc’s pick of 12/8 and 6/8 time songs, 1954-1978. See also part 1 of the series:

Songs and recordings included in the new page:

  • 1960 – At Last (Etta James version), Get Well Soon, P.S. I Love You (Starlets version), White Christmas (Statues version), You Belong to Me (Santo & Johnny version)
  • 1961Can’t Help Falling in Love, Come Home Soon, Daddy’s Home, I Love How You Love Me, A Moment Ago, My True Story, A Sunday Kind of Love (Mystics version), Till (Angels version), Tragedy (Fleetwoods version)
  • 1962 – Bring It On Home to Me, Cry Baby Cry, Don’t Make Me Over, The End of the World, Surfer Girl, You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me
  • 1963 – Anyone Who Had a Heart, Go Now, I’d Die, In My Room
  • links: selected articles, forum threads, and videos on 12/8 time (bottom of page)

For items in the list in which a specific recording of a song is indicated, in each case this marks the first recording of the song in 12/8 or 6/8 time that I’ve identified. For all other songs in the list, the original recording is in 12/8 or 6/8 time time.

Tragedy (Gerald H. Nelson and Fred B. Burch)

The Fleetwoods — issued in March 1961 on the single Dolton No. 40, b/w “Little Miss Sad One” – The title of this post, “Blown by wind, kissed by snow,” is how that line is sung in the 1958 recording of “Tragedy” by Thomas Wayne with The DeLons, and in various covers. In the 1961 Fleetwoods recording, the line is “Blown by wind, kissed by the snow.”

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