Tuesday, September 13, 2011

1959-Playboy's Penthouse-Cy Coleman & Lenny Bruce

Hugh Hefner's first television show Playboy's Penthouse showcased some great musicians and comics in a setting that was more natural than most television, then or now.  I love the footage of Lenny just talking off the top of his head and being quick, witty and funny as usual.  Sadly both his general literateness and  'of the time' references sail over most people's heads these days and they have no idea what he's talking about, much less get the humor.  I love in the Dylan documentary Don't Look Back how Bobby Neuwirth at one point references Bruce's Lima Ohio routine when talking about Joan Baez wearing one of those blouses you can see through "and you don't wanna". The sign of a hep cat.

Cy Coleman is not as well known today as he should be, through primarily a composer and pianist, he had a nice laid back but swinging style of performing.  Cy wrote many great tunes like the ones featured here "Witchcraft" and "The Best is Yet to Come".





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