12 Songs from Call Me Madam

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Call Me Madam, a fictionalized account of the life of Washington hostess and ambassador to Luxembourg Pearl Mesta, was Irving Berlin's final hit Broadway musical. It was also his second collaboration with Ethel Merman, who had starred in his most successful show, Annie Get Your Gun. Opening October 12, 1950, Call Me Madam settled in for a run that eventually totaled 644 performances, making the commercial prospects of a cast album bright. Unfortunately, there was a glitch. The show had been financed by RCA Victor Records, who claimed the cast album. But Merman was an exclusive recording artist for Decca, one of RCA's major rivals. The result was two albums: RCA ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Call Me Madam, a fictionalized account of the life of Washington hostess and ambassador to Luxembourg Pearl Mesta, was Irving Berlin's final hit Broadway musical. It was also his second collaboration with Ethel Merman, who had starred in his most successful show, Annie Get Your Gun. Opening October 12, 1950, Call Me Madam settled in for a run that eventually totaled 644 performances, making the commercial prospects of a cast album bright. Unfortunately, there was a glitch. The show had been financed by RCA Victor Records, who claimed the cast album. But Merman was an exclusive recording artist for Decca, one of RCA's major rivals. The result was two albums: RCA replaced Merman with Dinah Shore, while Decca replaced the rest of the original cast with Dick Haymes, Eileen Wilson, and a chorus. The Decca album got out of the gate first and, featuring the show's star, was bound to be the more successful anyway; it just missed topping the charts. Merman is, of course, the recording's chief asset, as she belts out half of the album's songs the original EP and 10" LP versions had only eight tracks, but they were quickly superseded by a 12-track 12" LP, including "Marrying for Love" and "The Best Thing for You." Her duet with Haymes, "You're Just in Love," was the hit of the show, reaching the Top 40. Haymes was in typically good voice on his solo, "Once Upon a Time Today."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • Label: Decca Mod Afw
  • UPC: 008811052126
  • Catalog Number: 110521
  • Sales rank: 327,728

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Hostess with the Mostes' on the Ball - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (3:24)
  2. 2 Washington Square Dance - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (2:35)
  3. 3 Lichtenburg (Cosmo's Opening) - Chorus (3:16)
  4. 4 Can You Use Any Money Today? - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (2:48)
  5. 5 Marrying for Love - Chorus (3:09)
  6. 6 The Ocarina - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (2:33)
  7. 7 It's a Lovely Day Today - The Orchestra (3:06)
  8. 8 The Best Thing for You - Chorus (2:59)
  9. 9 Something to Dance About - Chorus (3:00)
  10. 10 Once Upon a Time Today - The Orchestra (3:12)
  11. 11 They Like Ike - Chorus (3:05)
  12. 12 You're Just in Love - Chorus (3:07)
  13. 13 My Mother Would Love You - Harry Sosnik & His Orchestra (2:29)
  14. 14 I've Still Got My Health - Harry Sosnik & His Orchestra (2:31)
  15. 15 Let's Be Buddies - Harry Sosnik & His Orchestra (3:15)
  16. 16 Make it Another Old Fashioned, Please - Harry Sosnik & His Orchestra (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ethel Merman Primary Artist, Vocals
Gordon Jenkins Conductor, Track Performer
Dick Haymes Vocals, Track Performer
Joan Carroll Track Performer
Harry Sosnik Conductor, Track Performer
Eileen Wilson Vocals, Track Performer
Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
The Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Suha Gur Mastering
Max O. Preeo Liner Notes, Associate Reissue Producer
Erick Labson Digital Compilation
Ron O'Brien Reissue Producer
Brian Drutman Reissue Producer
Chris Roberts Executive Producer
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