Ethel Merman (born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann, January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) was an American actress, artist, and singer. Known primarily for her distinctive, powerful voice and leading roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage".
Among the many standards introduced by Merman in Broadway musicals are "I Got Rhythm" (from Girl Crazy); "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "Some People", and "Rose's Turn" (from Gypsy—Merman starred as Rose in the original 1959 Broadway production); and the Cole Porter songs "It's De-Lovely" (from Red, Hot and Blue), "Friendship" (from DuBarry Was a Lady), and "I Get a Kick Out of You", "You're the Top", and "Anything Goes" (from Anything Goes). The Irving Berlin song "There's No Business Like Show Business", written for the musical Annie Get Your Gun, became Merman's signature song.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 16th, 1908 (Astoria), Died February 15th, 1984 (Manhattan)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1955
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 88 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-73708||10-in.||9/29/1932||How deep is the ocean (How high is the sky)||Ethel Merman||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-73709||10-in.||9/29/1932||I'll follow you||Ethel Merman||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-73710||10-in.||9/29/1932||Satan's li'l lamb||Ethel Merman||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-73711||10-in.||9/29/1932||I gotta right to sing the blues||Ethel Merman||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Victor||BRC-Test-475||10-in.||10/1/1931||Life is just a bowl of cherries||Ethel Merman||Female vocal solo, with piano||vocalist|
|Victor||BRC-Test-476||10-in.||10/1/1931||Ladies and gentlemen, that's love||Ethel Merman||Female vocal solo, with piano||vocalist|
|Decca||68425||10-in.||12/2/1940||My mother would love you||Ethel Merman||vocalist|
|Decca||68426||10-in.||12/2/1940||I've still got my health||Ethel Merman||vocalist|
|Decca||68427||10-in.||12/2/1940||Let's be buddies-1||Joan Carroll ; Ethel Merman||vocalist|
|Decca||68428||10-in.||12/2/1940||Make it another old-fashioned, please||Ethel Merman||vocalist|
|Decca||73592||5/26/1946||I'm so lonesome I could cry||Ethel Merman||vocalist|
|Decca||73593||5/26/1946||I got lost in his arms||Ethel Merman||vocalist|
|Decca||73594||5/26/1946||I got the sun in the morning||Ethel Merman||vocalist|
|Decca||73597||5/26/1946||Doin' what comes natur'lly||Ethel Merman||vocalist|
|Decca||73599||5/26/1946||They say it's wonderful||Ethel Merman ; Ray Middleton||vocalist|
|Decca||73600||5/28/1946||Moonshine lullaby-1||Ethel Merman||vocalist|
|Decca||73603||5/28/1946||Anything you can do||Ethel Merman ; Ray Middleton||vocalist|
|Decca||74188||12/1/1947||Eadie was a lady, part 1-1||Ethel Merman||vocalist|
|Decca||74189||12/1/1947||Eadie was a lady, part 2-1||Ethel Merman||vocalist|
|Decca||74190||12/1/1947||Blow, Gabriel, blow-2||Ethel Merman||vocalist|
|Decca||74208||12/8/1947||I get a kick out of you-1||Ethel Merman||vocalist|
|Decca||74209||12/8/1947||You're the top-1||Ethel Merman||vocalist|
|Decca||74230||12/12/1947||I got rhythm-1||Ethel Merman||vocalist|
|Decca||74231||12/12/1947||Life is just a bowl of cherries-2||Ethel Merman||vocalist|
|Decca||74232||12/12/1947||It's de-lovely-3||Ethel Merman||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Merman, Ethel," accessed May 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103314.
Merman, Ethel. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103314.
"Merman, Ethel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 May 2021.
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