By 1964, thousands of long-playing record albums had showcased Broadway musicals and performers, but there had never been one that had celebrated a Broadway producer – until October 1, 1964 when RCA Victor released David Merrick Presents Hits from His Broadway Hits. Soon after Merrick had opened his biggest hit – Hello, Dolly! – record producer George R. Marek thought an album should celebrate the producer. Marek used his recording artists John Gary, Ann-Margret and The Merrill Staton Voices to give lush treatment to a dozen songs from a dozen different Merrick musicals – eight of which, starting with Gypsy, received Tony nominations for Best Musical. The songs range from standards (“Small World”, “Make Someone Happy”) to hits (“Take MeRead more Along”, “Love Makes the World Go Round”) to not-famous songs that deserve another listen (“Anyone Would Love You”). This title is on CD for the first time, with new liner notes by distinguished author, theater journalist and MasterworksBroadway.com blogger, Peter Filichia. Read less
Works on This Recording
Fanny: Fannyby Harold Rome Performer:
John Gary (Voice)
Hello, Dolly!: Hello, Dolly!by Jerry Herman Conductor:
Merrill Staton Voices
Period: 20th Century Written: 1964; USA
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Not a Complete SuccessAugust 13, 2013By Ellwood J Annaheim See All My Reviews"Two memorable artists who are, unfortunately, overshadowed by the arrangements (which are spectacular). John Gary had a beautiful voice, but he can't seem to handle a climax. Everyone of his songs ends with him singing in falsetto. And Ann-Margret was still in her sex kitten period, so she purrs through most songs. Rene Henri was one of the arrangers."Report Abuse
Great Broadway HitsApril 16, 2012By Phillip D. (Chicago, IL)See All My Reviews"I had never heard of this album until it became available recently on CD.These are great old broadway hits sung by John Gary and Ann Margaret. It plays well and sounds great."Report Abuse
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