Puttin' on the Ritz

Puttin' on the Ritz

by Harry Richman


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Puttin' on the Ritz

He isn't remembered for any signature songs, though Broadway and nightclub raconteur Harry Richman recorded the most popular versions of a pair of '20s chestnuts, "Puttin' on the Ritz" and "There's Danger in Your Eyes, Cherie." Those two lead off his first CD collection, ASV/Living Era's valuable 25-track set Puttin' on the Ritz. There are no major (or minor) omissions here, the offerings ranging from his breakout, "Birth of the Blues," to a pair of 1930 McHugh & Fields standards that he shared popular honors with -- "On the Sunny Side of the Street" (also done by Ted Lewis, plus a few others) and "Exactly Like You" (Ruth Etting's version also did well). Elsewhere, Richman interpolates songs or themes more reminiscent of better-known names of the '20s, like Rudy Valée ("Singing a Vagabond Song"), Bing Crosby ("Muddy Water," "Pennies From Heaven"), and Cliff Edwards ("[I Can't Give You] Anything but Love"). Similar to Jolson, he was a better performer than a singer, and melodrama didn't suit his lower tenor, which makes this collection a historical relic (but undoubtedly the best one on Richman available).

Product Details

Release Date: 04/23/2002
Label: Asv Living Era
UPC: 0743625540529
catalogNumber: 5405

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry Richman   Primary Artist
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Carroll Gibbons & His Orchestra   Contributor
Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes
Dana Suesse   Composer
Mark Ranshaw   Cover Image
Ted Koehler   Composer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Clifford Grey   Composer
Harry MacGregor Woods   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer

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