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The brass menagerie

This week’s post is a bit of a departure for your Jungfer Marianne (pictured). It’s a New Year’s salute to all the broad and brassy dames, divas, and diseuses we have grown to love from the 1950s and 1960s. In a special collaboration with parterre.com, La Cieca, the grand doyenne of Parterre Box, and I have decided to turn it into a contest!

We supply only the song titles, and whoever correctly identifies the most performers (with bonus half-points for naming a) the corresponding Broadway or movie musical, or b) performance venue) wins the prize of a coveted Amazon Gift Card in the amount of $100.00.. The closing date is Monday, 5 January 2015 at 9:00 PM. At that time, all of the performers will be identified here and on Mixcloud and, hopefully, a winner will be crowned.

Whoever identifies the most selections correctly by the deadline will win In case of a tie (including extra points), the earliest timestamped of the tying comments will be declared the winner. All decisions will be made by La Cieca, which I don’t think I need to tell you implies finality.

Good luck! Many thanks to my constant supporters, and all best wishes for a fabulous 2015!

01 – “Co-Star” Introduction
02 – “It’s Good to Be Here”
03 – “Today I Love Everybody”
04 – “I Travel Light”
05 – “Everybody Loves to Take a Bow”
06 – “Turn Me Loose on Broadway”
07 – “It’s Good to Do a Lot of Living”
08 – “Lonely Woman”
09 – “Sei gut zu Mama”
10 – “Wenn es Nacht wird in Paris”
11 – “You Go to My Head”
12 – “Thanks a Lot, But No Thanks”
13 – “Téléphonez-moi”
14 – “Santiago”
15 – “Anything Goes”
16 – “Diamond’s Are a Girl’s Best Friend”
17 – “Men”
18 – “The Pleasure Seekers”
19 – “Das Chicago Song”
20 – “Sex”
21 – “Light My Fire”
22 – “What Does It Take?”
23 – Good Night

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Wish you would upload this to todoperaweb.com.ar

    • Let’s try to keep this on topic, please.

    • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

      Let me just mention that Mixcloud is a totally legitimate business venture based in London, and pays fees to copyright collection agencies, just like any radio station. Revenue is generated from advertising.

  • Hippolyte

    That website doesn’t host anything--it simply poaches upload links from sites all over the web and publishes them.

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

      One can upload there too.

  • Hippolyte

    Well the vast majority I have seen there originate elsewhere and at least one group took steps to prevent its links from being taken and posted there.

  • Hippolyte

    Well, I’m about 1/3 of the way through this…I have no clue about most of the singers but it’s absolutely wonderfully entertaining.

  • La Valkyrietta

    Number 12 is too easy! Dolores. She does sing ‘You Go to My Head’ too in her album ‘Warm Brandy’, but she is not number 11.

    • La Valkyrietta

      Slightly off topic. Looking at this again, I wonder if this number has inspired modern stagings of ‘Da tempeste’ :).

  • La Valkyrietta

    1 Tallulah, 2 Ethel and most of the rest I’ll wait to read what others have guessed…

  • Countervail

    I’m confused. How are we supposed to send in answers without everyone else seeing and expanding on that? Do we send an email of our answers?

    • It is possible that others might “expand upon” your answers, but by the same token, you can expand upon theirs. For example, if you say that #6 is Doris Day, another commenter might say, “#6 is Doris Day and #7 is Irene Dunne.” Assuming you agree that #7 is in fact Irene Dunne, you can then respond, “#6 is Doris Day, #7 is Irene Dunne, and #8 is Lyda Roberti.”

      You can comment as many times as you like, and your comment with the highest number of correct answers will be taken as your “official” entry.

      • Countervail

        One more clarification. Are you saying that these selections will have always been from a musical or a movie? I know some of them are very popular songs, but you want to know where they’ve appeared in a movie or a musical?

        • For the purposes of the contest, let’s say that if the specific selection included is clearly from a film soundtrack or theater cast album, you can identify it with the associated film or show. Say there is a recording of Judy Garland singing “Over the Rainbow.” If you can identify it as being from the soundtrack of The Wizard of Oz, then that is your “extra point” information. If, on the other hand, this is a recording from Garland’s 1961 Carnegie Hall concert, that “venue” would be the information you enter.

          The primary information, though, is “Judy Garland.”

          • Countervail

            One more stupid question… are all the performers women?

  • Countervail

    I give up. My best attempt:

    01 – “Co-Star” Introduction
    02 – “It’s Good to Be Here” -- Ethel Merman/Happy Hunting/Majestic Theatre
    03 – “Today I Love Everybody” -- Betty Grable/The Farmer Takes a Wife; also Alma Coogan, Lena Horne (Waldorf Astoria), Barbra Streisand, and Polly Bergan (Polly Bergan Show)
    04 – “I Travel Light” -- Regina Carrol/Dracula v. Frankenstein; also Lisa Kirk
    05 – “Everybody Loves to Take a Bow” -- Benay Venuta/Hazel Flagg/Mark Hellinger Theatre; also Carol Burnett
    06 – “Turn Me Loose on Broadway” -- Bette Davis/Two’s Company/Alvin Theatre
    07 – “It’s Good to Do a Lot of Living” -- Is this the right title? “A Lot of Livin to Do?” Ann-Margaret/Bye Bye Birdie; also Nancy Wilson, Shirley Bassey
    08 – “Lonely Woman” -- Chris Connor/Freda Payne/Carola Standertskjöld/Helen Merrill/
    09 – “Sei gut zu Mama” -- Well if it weren’t later than the 1950s-60s I’d say Isabel Weicken/Chicago (German)/Theatre An Der Wien Austria; also anyone else who’s ever played Mama Morton
    10 – “Wenn es Nacht wird in Paris” -- Caterina Valente/Touchez pas au grisbi; also Mireille Mathieu
    11 – “You Go to My Head” -- Judy Garland/Judy at Carnegie Hall; also Billy Holliday, Nan Wynn, Ginny Simms, Marlene Dietrich, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Dorothy Kirsten, Doris Day, Petula Clark, Helen Forrest, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Dinah Washington, Patti Page, Dinah Shore, Ella Fitzgerald, Julie London, Rosemary Clooney, Maxine Sullivan, Lio, Mathilde Santing, Linda Ronstadt, Betty Carter, Michael Feinstein, Mary Stallings, Susannah McCorkle, Diana Krall -- The Very Best of Diana Krall, Rufus Wainwright, Rachael Price, Sylvia Brooks, Mina, Lisa Wahlandt, Audrey Bernstein, ad nauseum…
    12 – “Thanks a Lot, But No Thanks” -- Delores Gray/It’s Always Fair Weather; also Christine Pedi, Ann Weldon, Judy Kaye, Betty Comden
    13 – “Téléphonez-moi” (Cherie) Lys Assia; also Katyna Renieri, Jane Harvey
    14 – “Santiago”
    15 – “Anything Goes” -- Ethel Merman/Anything Goes/Alvin Theater; also any other Broadway belter with a unusual vibrato i.e. Patti Lupone, Elaine Paige, Sutton Foster, Sally Ann Triplett; numerous commercial recordings with Chris Connor, Ella Fitzgerald, Kate Capshaw (Indiana Jones), Susannah McCorkle, Melanie C, Lindsay Pearce, Lady Gaga
    16 – “Diamond’s Are a Girl’s Best Friend” Marilyn Monroe/Diamond’s Are a Girl’s Best Friend; also Ethel Merman, Lena Horne, Della Reese, Julie London, Eartha Kitt, Emmylou Harris, Thalía, Kylie Minogue, Anna Nicole Smith, Christina Aguilera, The Puppini Sisters, Nicole Kidman, Anne Ducros, Shirley Bassey and Paloma Faith
    17 – “Men”
    18 – “The Pleasure Seekers” Ann-Margaret/The Pleasure Seekers
    19 – “Das Chicago Song” Madeline Kahn/Mixed Doubles; also Suzanne Petri
    20 – “Sex”
    21 – “Light My Fire” Julie London; also Etta James
    22 – “What Does It Take?”
    23 – Good Night -- Barbra Streisand/“What About Today?”; also Linda Ronstadt

    • I hate to do this, but I’m going to ask you to post again with only one guess at who the actual singer of the selection is, without the “alsos.” This is to prevent possible future misunderstandings.

  • Countervail

    Sorry, I guess I didn’t understand. I took “the most performers” to mean fill in everyone who has commercially recorded a particular song but listing the original performance first. I’m really having fun with this so I hope you don’t mind asking for a little more clarification.

    1. The songs above had their first noted performances in the 1950s or 60s only?

    2. The noted performance was included in a theatrical or movie performance, not as a music-only recording of a piece originating from a theater or movie performance?

    3. Of the songs that were from theatrical performances, were they all Broadway runs of full musicals and not off-Broadway shows, revues, or non-New York City outlets?

    3. Of the pieces that were from movies, were they all from movie musicals and not from incidental songs in an otherwise straight movie?

  • Countervail

    For now though, here’s what I’m confident about:

    01 – “Co-Star” Introduction
    02 – “It’s Good to Be Here” -- Ethel Merman/Happy Hunting/Majestic Theatre
    03 – “Today I Love Everybody” -- Betty Grable/The Farmer Takes a Wife
    04 – “I Travel Light”
    05 – “Everybody Loves to Take a Bow” -- Benay Venuta/Hazel Flagg/Mark Hellinger Theatre
    06 – “Turn Me Loose on Broadway” -- Bette Davis/Two’s Company/Alvin Theatre
    07 – “It’s Good to Do a Lot of Living”
    08 – “Lonely Woman”
    09 – “Sei gut zu Mama”
    10 – “Wenn es Nacht wird in Paris”
    11 – “You Go to My Head”
    12 – “Thanks a Lot, But No Thanks” -- Delores Gray/It’s Always Fair Weather
    13 – “Téléphonez-moi”
    14 – “Santiago”
    15 – “Anything Goes” -- Ethel Merman/Anything Goes/Alvin Theater
    16 – “Diamond’s Are a Girl’s Best Friend” Marilyn Monroe/Diamond’s Are a Girl’s Best Friend
    17 – “Men”
    18 – “The Pleasure Seekers” Ann-Margaret/The Pleasure Seekers
    19 – “Das Chicago Song” Madeline Kahn/Mixed Doubles/Upstairs at the Downstairs
    20 – “Sex”
    21 – “Light My Fire”
    22 – “What Does It Take?”
    23 – “Good Night”

    • Countervail

      My updated list. This was fun. I’m a Lisa Kirk fan now.

      01 – “Co-Star” Introduction -- Tallulah Bankhead/Co Star The Record Acting Game
      02 – “It’s Good to Be Here” -- Ethel Merman/Happy Hunting/Majestic Theatre 1956
      03 – “Today I Love Everybody” -- Betty Grable/The Farmer Takes a Wife 1953
      04 – “I Travel Light” Lisa Kirk/The Big Party by Revlon 1959
      05 – “Everybody Loves to Take a Bow” -- Benay Venuta/Hazel Flagg/Mark Hellinger Theatre 1953
      06 – “Turn Me Loose on Broadway” -- Bette Davis/Two’s Company/Alvin Theatre 1952
      07 – “It’s Good to Do a Lot of Living”
      08 – “Lonely Woman” -- June Christy/Hollywood Bowl 1948
      09 – “Sei gut zu Mama” Marlene Dietrich
      10 – “Wenn es Nacht wird in Paris” -- Caterina Valente/Touchez pas au grisbi 1955
      11 – “You Go to My Head” -- Judy Garland/Judy at Carnegie Hall 1961
      12 – “Thanks a Lot, But No Thanks” -- Delores Gray/It’s Always Fair Weather 1955
      13 – “Téléphonez-moi” -- Jane Harvey
      14 – “Santiago” -- Vicki Carr/“The Silencers” 1966
      15 – “Anything Goes” -- Ethel Merman/Anything Goes 1954 live television special
      16 – “Diamond’s Are a Girl’s Best Friend” Marilyn Monroe/Diamond’s Are a Girl’s Best Friend 1953
      17 – “Men” -- Susan Johnson/Whoop-Up 1958
      18 – “The Pleasure Seekers” Ann-Margaret/The Pleasure Seekers 1964
      19 – “Das Chicago Song” Madeline Kahn/Mixed Doubles/Upstairs at the Downstairs 1966
      20 – “Sex”
      21 – “Light My Fire” Shirley Bassey/All About Shirley 1973
      22 – “What Does It Take?” Ella Fitzgerald 1951
      23 – “Good Night” -- Barbra Streisand/“What About Today?”

  • La Valkyrietta

    I also wonder sometimes about rules. For example, suppose there are two posters that have guessed all the selections, but one of them misspelled a name, will the one who spelled correctly win? I’m thinking of two perfect answers, one with Dolores and another with Delores.

  • Countervail

    Do I win?