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Who Can I Turn To?
Giving this Standard a Jazz Waltz Spin

Despite the fact that most of the jazz standards come from the Great America Songbook (late 1920s to early 1950s), there are a few exceptions. Today’s featured selection is a notable example.

Two Englishmen named Leslie Bricusse (b. 1931) and Anthony Newley (1931-1999) collaborated to write Who Can I Turn To? for a musical called The Roar of the Greasepaint-The Smell of the Crowd which was launched in England in 1964 and then toured the USA.

As often happens, the producers hope to draw attention to their show by releasing a recording of the theme song. Unfortunately for them, Shirley Bassey’s single did not garner much success. Fortunately, there was a follow-up recording this time by Tony Bennett, which did hit number 33 on the pop charts.

Since then, Tony has sung Who Can I Turn To? as a solo and duet both in concert and on recordings many times throughout his amazing career. Although I’m not sure exactly how Who Can I Turn To? went from a popular to song to a jazz standard, I will say that the song’s structure and chord progressions went a long way towards its popularity with jazz instrumentalists and vocalists.

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Giving this Standard a Jazz Waltz Spin