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I'm Glad There Is You

by Sammy Goldstein

An eclectic collection from this award-winning New York singer & piano entertainer, featuring classic standards (from Harold Arlen to Jimmy Dorsey), songs from Broadway and the movies, and lesser-known gems from today's cabaret songwriters.
Genre: Easy Listening: Crooners/Vocals
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1. I'm Glad There Is You
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2. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
2:47 $0.99
3. Ten Minutes Ago/Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?
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4. At the Pound
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5. Good Thing She Can't Read My Mind
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6. In A Simple Way I Love You
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7. The Begat
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8. My Buddy/You'll Never Know
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9. Kiss Her Now
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10. I Have This Friend
3:48 $0.99
11. Just the Way You Are
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12. Just for Today
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13. My Dad
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14. It's A Sin to Tell a Lie
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15. Listen to My Heart
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16. A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes/When You Wish Upon A Star
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Album Notes
(Original 1997 liner notes from this CD):

As a singer/pianist performing in nightclubs, concerts and on cruise ships for many years, I have encountered hundreds upon hundreds of songs...which is helpful when performing several hours a night, several nights a week. But, when putting together an album, choosing only a select handful of songs from that many possibilities is a very difficult task. With the completion of this album, the evolution of my song choices turned out to be what I can best describe as a joyous "musical therapy" session. In the process, I discovered songs that were brand new to me, and rediscovered songs that I haven't performed in a long time.

Looking at the list of songs for this album, I was struck by the time span of the material. There is, in fact, a song from every single decade from the 1920s to the 1990s. So, in addition to a recording that represents my years as an entertainer, it's also a recording that hopefully represents the songs of the 20th Century...whose completion is just around the corner.

There were certain songs that, from the beginning, I knew I wanted to include in this collection. One of those songs is "My Dad," written by the wonderfully irrepressible Dale Gonyea. It's for my father, Ernie, who turned 80 years old in September of this year (Happy Birthday Dad!). Dale said that he originally wrote the song as a birthday present his HIS father. Thanks, Dale, for letting me borrow the gift.

One of the very first songs I learned in my early 'piano bar' days, "It's A Sin To Tell A Lie" by Billy Mayhew, has a 'patter verse' that can be sung in counterpoint to the main melody. Thanks to technology, I followed in the footsteps of Patti Page and performed the duet version with myself! Duet or solo, this delightfully fun song has always been an audience favorite, whether I've performed it in the festive atmosphere of cruise ships, in hotel nightclubs in Europe, or even at elegant private party engagements (my favorite engagements, I must say, being several parties I have done for Barbara Walters. And, oh, what guest lists...).

I have always marveled at how certain songwriters can write both the words AND the music to a song, and do it beautifully. Several songwriters on this album have done just that, nine of them to be exact. Among those songwriters, the great Jerry Herman is represented with the haunting "Kiss Her Now" from "Dear World," Christine Lavin with the gleefully insightful "Good Thing She Can't Read My Mind," and Babbie Green with "At The Pound," a uniquely different love song. Incidentally, Babbie said that this entire song is true (even with a certain lyric change that she did for me; thank you Babbie).

"Just The Way You Are" (no relation to the Billy Joel song) is a song I've heard only once, on a recording of a live broadcast of a 1951 Bing Crosby radio show. He sang it with his guest, Judy Garland. I asked my dear friend Mary Stout if she would team up with me on this outing, and I'm thrilled that she said yes. Mary and I did summer stock theatre together in 1976 (we were mere children...). Mary has gone on to roles on Broadway and in National Tours of such shows as "Beauty and the Beast" and "Me and My Girl," and was a featured voice in the Disney animated movie, "Aladdin." On television, she appeared for the last three seasons as "Eugenia Bremer," the organist, in the hit AMC TV series "Remember WENN." It was a ball to perform with Mary again, 21 years later!

A few years after performing with Mary in that summer stock season, I did a show called "Finian's Rainbow" playing the zany character of "Og, the Leprechaun," which I consider to be my all-time favorite role (actually, I had co-starring roles on episodes of the television shows "Murder, She Wrote" and "Columbo" which I adored, but more from a financial standpoint!). There's a song in "Finian's Rainbow" called "The Begat" that I've always enjoyed, but which my character didn't get to sing. Here I get my chance.

As a boy in my hometown of Paris, Tennessee, I became enamored with the music and lyrics of Rodgers & Hammerstein when my parents bought the movie soundtrack to "South Pacific." I wore out that album! For this recording, I have put together two of my favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein songs, "Ten Minutes Ago" and "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?," both from the TV production of "Cinderella."

"I Have This Friend," by Wayne Moore, has long been special to me, and is a song that I have previously recorded. In December, 1996, I sang and played this song at a memorial service in Memphis for my longtime close friend and soul mate, Janice Knapp, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. I never got to say goodbye, but I hope she hears this song every time it's played.

Two songs on this collection are new to my repertoire. Ervin Drake's "Just For Today" from "Her First Roman," was recommended to me by my friend Barry Kleinbort. I said that I wanted a song about the simple joys of life, and he suggested this one. I fell in love with it immediately, just as I did when I first heard David Friedman's "Listen To My Heart" in a performance by Bill McKinley, a singer whose voice, artistry and passion leave me in awe, and whose talent inspired me greatly on this album.

There are, indeed, other songs contained herein, including the seldom done "In A Simple Way I Love You" from the Off-Broadway musical "I'm Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road" (not a bad idea!), vintage standards "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea" and "I'm Glad There Is You," a coupling of two Disney songs, "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" and "When You Wish Upon A Star," and another coupling of two of my sentimental favorites, "My Buddy" and "You'll Never Know."

From start to finish, I felt very secure having this project in the sublime hands of my producer and musical director, Barry Levitt...and it was an honor to work with him. (Barry was the musical director, vocal arranger and orchestrator for the Tony-nominated Broadway musical "Swinging On A Star" and, over the years, has been the musical director for such stars as Ben Vereen, Connie Francis, Marilyn Michaels and Margaret Whiting.) With Barry's guidance, we recorded certain songs with just piano and voice, other songs with a trio, and a few select songs with an amazing 7-piece showband.

It has been a wonderfully fulfilling journey for me to complete this album, and I am very grateful to the many people who have been a part of it. So, I hope that you will enjoy listening to these songs as much as I enjoyed recording them. Thank you.

Sammy Goldstein
New York
October, 1997



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