Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Anything Goes" by Ethel Merman

On what would have been her birthday, I would be remiss if I didn't post something about the acclaimed Broadway belter Ethel Merman; what better, then, than a performance of one of the earliest triumphs of her career?

Merman was more or less the muse of Cole Porter, having starred in five of his musicals onstage; the first of these was Anything Goes, in which she created the role of Reno Sweeney in 1934 and for which she reprised that role on film in 1936.

Since I am a sucker for anything with a Thirties flavour, it seemed a case of serendipity that I should find this 1970s-era clip floating around on YouTube just begging to be posted.

Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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