Thursday, January 10, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Sandy Stewart

Artist:Sandy Stewart
Song:My Coloring Book
Album:Teen Time: The Young Years of Rock 'N' Roll Vol. 1: Love Me Forever

My Coloring Book was a top twenty hit for Sandy Stewart in 1962. Her version beat out Barbra Streisand on the charts. it was Sandy's only hit. Today she is best known as the mother of jazz pianist Bill Charlap. She is not to be confused with the 80s singer Sandy Stewart who recorded with Stevie Nicks. She was born Sandra Galitz July 10, 1937 in Philadelphia. She appeared on local TV at age 14 and lied about her age to become the Gretz Beer Golden Girl. Then she sang jazz on NBC Radio with legendary pianist Dick Hyman. Then she moved to New York and replaced Edie Adams on The Ernie Kovacs Show in 1954. Sandy appeared frequently on TV variety shows in the 50s and appeared in the 1959 film Go, Johnny, Go!. My Coloring Book was released in 1962 on Colpix Records which was owned by Columbia Pictures. The song was written for Barbra Streisand by the legendary songwriting team of Fred Ebb and John Kander. It was her second single but it did not chart. The Sandy Stewart version was produced and arranged by Don Costa and was a top twenty hit. It was her only hit and she only recorded one album for Colpix. You can get My Coloring Book on this various artists comp from the oldies label Eric Records. Sandy Stewart retired to raise her family. She was married to songwriter Moose Charlap. He wrote the 1954 musical Peter Pan. He died in 1974. Their son is world renowned jazz pianist Bill Charlap. In recent years, Sandy Stewart returned to music and recorded the 2005 CD Love Is Here To Stay with her son on Blue Note Records. Here's a video for My Coloring Book by Sandy Stewart.

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