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David Merrick Presents Hits From His Broadway Hits


Release Date: 02/21/2012 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 91142  
Composer:  Harold RomeBob MerrillJule StyneMarguerite Monnot,   ... 
Performer:  John GaryAnn-Margret
Conductor:  Henri RenéJoe Lipman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  OrchestraMerrill Staton Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 Me Read 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

1.
Fanny: Fanny by Harold Rome
Performer:  John Gary (Voice)
Conductor:  Henri René,  Joe Lipman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
2.
Carnival: Love Makes the World Go 'Round by Bob Merrill
Performer:  Ann-Margret (Voice)
Conductor:  Henri René,  Joe Lipman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
3.
Do Re Mi: Make Someone Happy by Jule Styne
Conductor:  Henri René,  Joe Lipman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Merrill Staton Voices
4.
Gypsy: Small World by Jule Styne
Performer:  John Gary (Voice)
Conductor:  Henri René,  Joe Lipman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
5.
Irma La Douce: Our Language of Love by Marguerite Monnot
Performer:  Ann-Margret (Voice)
Conductor:  Henri René,  Joe Lipman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
6.
Take Me Along: Take Me Along by Bob Merrill
Conductor:  Henri René,  Joe Lipman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Merrill Staton Voices
7.
Stop the World, I Want to Get Off: What kind of fool am I? by Anthony Newley
Performer:  John Gary (Voice)
Conductor:  Henri René,  Joe Lipman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
8.
Oliver!: As Long as He Needs Me by Lionel Bart
Performer:  Ann-Margret (Voice)
Conductor:  Henri René,  Joe Lipman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960 
9.
Subways Are For Sleeping: Comes Once in a Lifetime by Jule Styne
Conductor:  Henri René,  Joe Lipman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Merrill Staton Voices
10.
Destry Rides Again: Anyone Would Love You by Harold Rome
Performer:  John Gary (Voice)
Conductor:  Henri René,  Joe Lipman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
11.
110 in the Shade: Is It Really Me? by Harvey Schmidt
Performer:  Ann-Margret (Voice)
Conductor:  Henri René,  Joe Lipman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
12.
Hello, Dolly!: Hello, Dolly! by Jerry Herman
Conductor:  Henri René,  Joe Lipman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Merrill Staton Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Not a Complete Success August 13, 2013 By 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 Hits April 16, 2012 By 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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