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ETHEL MERMAN 'MEMORIES' (SEPIA 1131)

ETHEL MERMAN - MEMORIES (SEPIA 1131)

1. TA-RA-RA-BOOM-DER-E / THE BAND PLAYED ON / THE BOWERY / ON A SATURDAY NIGHT / WHILE STROLLING THRU THE PARK ONE DAY
2. HELLO MY BABY / I'VE GOT RINGS ON MY FINGERS / IN MY MERRY OLDSMOBILE / IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME / SWEET ROSIE O'GRADY / LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY 
LISTEN
3. WALTZ ME AROUND AGAIN WILLIE / SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK / A BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO / SHE'LL BE COMIN' ROUND THE MOUNTAIN 
4. PUT ON YOUR OLD GREY BONNET / M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I 
LISTEN
5. LISTEN TO THE MOCKING BIRD / YOU TELL ME YOUR DREAM I'LL TELL YOU MINE / SCHOOL DAYS / MEMORIES 
6. WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS / SOMEBODY STOLE MY GAL / SMILES / ROW, ROW, ROW / I WANT A GIRL (JUST LIKE THE GIRL THAT MARRIED DEAR OLD DAD) / SWEET GEORGIA BROWN 
7. TAKE BACK YOUR GOLD / FRANKIE AND JOHNNY 
8 A BIRD IN A GILDED CAGE / MOONLIGHT BAY / BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON / SHINE ON HARVEST MOON 
9. THAT OLD GANG OF MINE / SWEET ADELINE 
10. OH JOHNNY, OH JOHNNY, OH! / DEAR LITTLE BOY OF MINE / FORTY-FIVE MINUTES FROM BROADWAY / MARY'S A GRAND OLD NAME / GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY 
LISTEN
11. I GOT RHYTHM 
12. EMBRACEABLE YOU 
13. YOU'RE AN OLD SMOOTHIE 
14. ANYTHING GOES 
LISTEN
15. RIDIN' HIGH 
16. WAY DOWN IN THE DEPTHS OF THE 90TH FLOOR 
17. THIS IS IT 
18. I'LL PAY THE CHECK 
19. DO I LOVE YOU? 
20. FRIENDSHIP 
LISTEN
21. MAKE IT ANOTHER OLD FASHIONED, PLEASE 
22. HE'S A RIGHT GUY 
23. I GOT LOST IN HIS ARMS 
24. ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND 
LISTEN
25. HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN 

Title: Memories
Artist: Ethel Merman
Catalogue No.: SEPIA 1131
Barcode: 5055122111313
Release Date: 12 May 2009

Ethel Merman, Queen of Broadway, recorded Memories in 1955 at the height of her vocal powers. The album contained a medley of songs that took the listener on a journey through musical America from the 1890s to the 1920s. There were homespun joys such as A Bicycle Built For Two, The Bowery, Listen To The Mocking Bird, Sidewalks of New York, Sweet Georgia Brown and Moonlight Bay.

On some of the songs, Merman , by utilising the multi-layered recording technique, was given the opportunity to duet and even trio with herself. Vocally she was never better and the recording is marked by the musical characteristics that made Merman a songwriter's delight - a total respect for the meaning of the songs' lyrics, musical accuracy and a natural instinct for landing right on top of the orchestration, thus making the album the exciting star turn it was and remains over fifty years later.

Another release for Merman in 1955 was A Musical Autobiography which reviewed her career to date. The 2 LP set drew on previously recorded material from Merman's shows but it also featured fifteen new recordings with Buddy Cole and his Combo. Those new recordings are included on this CD release.

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